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Beijing Olympics Opening Ceremony

Posted by Maureen Wednesday, August 13, 2008 Labels: , ,



The opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics is the most spectacular thing I've ever seen. I wish I could have been there. If you didn't watch it, it's hard to describe. I highly recommend you set aside some time to watch the video of it here (this is just part 1 of the 4 hour ceremony, but it will certainly give you a good idea of what happened).

NBC.com had the article below called "Opening Ceremony: By the Numbers." Very fascinating. I think I'll go watch it again now....

91,000: Seating capacity of Beijing National Stadium, known as the Bird's Nest, which hosted the Opening Ceremony.

80,000: Number of different channels adopted in the lighting control system.

15,153: Sets of costumes in 47 styles used during the Opening Ceremony production.

11,456: Number of fireworks set off from the top of the Bird's Nest.

10,500: Total electricity load, in kilowatts, during the Opening Ceremony.

10,000: Meters of optical fiber and cable used in the Opening Ceremony.

8,428: Number of fireworks set off from the central area of the Bird's Nest.

2008: Members of the Fou drum band and number of Taiji performers.

2,583: Total number of special lights used in the Opening Ceremony.

1,000: Performers that build a bird's nest toward which the kite flies through the sky during the starlight exhibition.

897: Performers used in the advent of moveable type display.

810: Number of performers, representing disciples of Confucius, that appear holding bamboo scrolls.

287: Positions for setting off fireworks at the Bird's Nest.

224: Members of the national anthem chorus.

204: Number of countries to march in the Parade of Nations.

201: Members of the military band.

480x70: Full dimensions, in feet, of the LED screen laid at the center of the stadium. For perspective, the LED screen above Times Square in New York City measures 50x50.

100: Number of young women leading the athletes and spectators in the imitation of the ceremonial dove release.

80: Children comprising the multi-national chorus that sings the Olympic Anthem.

56: Number of Chinese ethnic groups represented in the national anthem chorus.

29: Number of colossal burning footprints that rise into the sky in a series of fireworks explosions, representing the invention of gunpowder and symbolizing the path of the Games and arrival of the XXIX Olympiad.

9: Age in years of Lin Hao, who survived the collapse of his school in the Sechuan earthquake while rescuing two classmates, and Lin Miaoke, a girl from Beijing, who sang the song "A Hymn To My Country." Lin Hao marched in the Parade of Nations with basketball star Yao Ming.

5: Age of young pianist Lang Lang, who played together with Chinese star Li Muzi during the starlight exhibition.

1 comments:

louann said...

very interesting numbers.....I missed the first part of the giant footsteps, but the last several that I saw looked pretty cool.....stomping their way towards the birdsnest. a brilliant man, the guy who did all this.