Opening Ceremonies: Beijing Olympics

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    Aug. 8: Chinese athlete Li Ning lights the Olympic flame above the National Stadium during the opening ceremony for the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

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    Aug. 8: Chinese athlete Li Ning lights the Olympic flame above the National Stadium during the opening ceremony for the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

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    Aug. 8: Fireworks explode over the National Stadium as the torch is light during the opening ceremonies for the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

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    Aug. 8: A flame barer makes his way around the stadium at they prepare to light the torch during the opening ceremonies for the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

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    Aug. 8: Chinese athlete Li Ning lights the Olympic flame above the National Stadium during the opening ceremony for the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

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    Aug. 8: Fireworks illuminate the sky over the National Stadium during the opening ceremony of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.

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    Aug. 8: The Olympic Rings are raised during the opening ceremony of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games at the National Stadium.

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    Aug. 8: Fireworks explode during the opening ceremony of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games at the National Stadium.

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    Aug. 8: Participants take part in the opening ceremony of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games at the National Stadium.

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    Aug. 8: Soldiers carry the flag of China during the opening ceremony of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games at the National Stadium.

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    Aug 8: Fireworks illuminate the sky over the National Stadium during the opening ceremony of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.

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    Aug. 8: Actors perform at the opening ceremony of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games at the National Stadium, August 8, 2008. The stadium is also known as the Bird's Nest.

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    Aug. 8: A participant performs in the opening ceremony of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games at the National Stadium.

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    Aug.8: Actors perform at the opening ceremony of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games at the National Stadium.

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    Aug 8: Paramilitary police officers salute the Chinese national flag as it is raised in a dawn ceremony in Tiananmen Square in Beijing.

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    Aug 8: People chant slogans in support of China and the Olympic Games after the dawn flag raising ceremony in Tiananmen Square in Beijing.

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    Aug 8: Matt Pearce, a longtime Hong Kong resident from Bristol, Britain, is seen after hanging two pro-democracy banners on road signs on Tsing Ma Bridge in Hong Kong. The left sign reads, "We want human rights and democracy." The right sign reads, "The people of China want freedom from oppression."

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    Aug 8: Matt Pearce, holding an umbrella, is seen over a red banner on Tsing Ma Bridge in Hong Kong after he unfurled pro-democracy banners. The left sign reads, "We want human rights and democracy." The right sign reads, "The people of China want freedom from oppression."

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    Aug 8: President Bush, first lady Laura Bush and their daughter Barbara arrive in Beijing, China.

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    Aug 8: Chinese President Hu Jintao and his wife Liu Yongqing greet President Bush and First Lady Laura Bush before a welcome banquet at the Great Hall of People in Beijing.

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