Thrilling spectacle as Beijing wows the world again

By SUN XIAOCHEN | China Daily | Updated: 2022-02-04 19:59
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President Xi Jinping attends the opening ceremony of the 24th Olympic Winter Games and declares the Games open at the National Stadium in Beijing, on Feb 4, 2022. [Photo/Xinhua]

The Friday opening was set on the same day as lichun, or beginning of spring-the first of 24 solar terms on China's lunar calendar-to represent the organizers' wish for friends around the world to usher in a new spring together.

An opening performance featured children blowing on a dandelion and sending the white seeds into the air. Fireworks then went off, shifting into the Chinese characters for lichun and the English word "spring" and lighting up the sky above the stadium.

Fireworks illuminate the night sky during the opening ceremony of the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games at the National Stadium in Beijing, Feb 4, 2022. [Photo/Xinhua]

Following a national flag raising ceremony, a giant LED screen on the ground illuminated the floor in aqua blue to make it a huge "ice rink", thrilling the crowd.

A giant ice block then rose above the ground, with 24 laser beams shot from the roof engraving the ice cube to carve out the names of the 23 previous Winter Games' hosts, before eventually freezing on 2022 Beijing.

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