The 2008 SUMMER PARALYMPICS OPENING CEREMONY was held at the Beijing
National Stadium on September 6, 2008 just two weeks after the end of
2008 Summer Olympics
* 1 Pre-ceremony performance
* 2 Opening ceremony
* 2.1 Welcoming ceremony * 2.2 Parade of nations * 2.3 Artistic section * 2.4 Speech * 2.5 Paralympic flame lighting of the flame cauldron
* 3 References * 4 External links
The site of pre-ceremony performance is the Small Stage to the north of the field. After Pre-ceremony performance, the hosts give interactive guidance to the audience for 40 minutes. The pre-ceremony performance included a series of musical performances.
* Military Music Performance: Welcome Music * Folk Music Performance: Good News from Beijing Reaches the Border Villages * Drum Music Performance: Ebullient Festival * Male Solo: Come on! * Male-female Duet: Happy Gathering in Beijing * Lead and Chorus: Every one is No.1 performed by Andy Lau * Male-female Duet: Miracle in the East * Grand Chorus: The Blue Danube * Male-female Duet and Chorus: The Drinking Song * Grand Chorus: Ode to Joy * Chorus: Beijing, Beijing, I Love Beijing
President of the People\'s Republic of China
Hu Jintao makes an
entrance along with
Philip Craven , president of the International
Paralympic Committee . Countdown started from "23", indicating the
23rd Summer Paralympic. From "23" to "1", highlights of this
Paralympic Games were shown with countdown numbers on the screen. Both
Arabic numerals appeared on the screen with typical patterns of
minority ethnic groups as the background letter as "23, 22, 21, 20,
19, 18, 17, 16, 15, 14, 13, 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1" to
the Games and herald the start of the officially opening time at
China Standard Time . The flag of the PRC is raised while the
military band of the Chinese People\'s Liberation Army play the
March of the Volunteers
PARADE OF NATIONS
See also: 2008 Summer Paralympics national flag bearers
As with the
2008 Summer Olympics
Sound of birds chirping resonate in the otherwise silent stadium. A sunbird flies from the top of the Bird's Nest. Then the sunbird flies down to the golden meadow in the field to awaken a blind singer from his sleep. The sunbird chirps in front of him, and the singer translates the sunbird's message for the whole audience with sign language . Meanwhile, Chinese and English voice-over is aired "there are dreams in life after all". The sunbird and the blind singer Yang Haitao (杨海涛) walk onto the center stage in the field together referred to as the "White Jade Plate". Yang performs the song "Heaven" (天域), then saids "My name is Yang Haitao. I am blind. My home is China. If I can see the light for three days, I want to see my father, my mother and you the most…" A white cloud appears, then a trumpeter plays the music of "Hello, Stars" and 300 deaf girls communicate with sign languages, led by 50 sign language teachers. The girls form a series of circles at the "White Jade Plate" and expand. Fireworks are lighted.
A girl with one leg appears in a wheelchair . She wears one red shoe having lost her leg in the Sichuan earthquake . She is circled by a group of ballet performers dancing with arm aerobics wearing shoes in their hands. The girl in the center is then carried around.
Blind pianist Jin Yuanhui (金元辉) plays the piano to accompany the four seasons theme. The plate panels are rotated in different colors to represent different sceneries.
Then 2,000 space robots appear in a circle. They change into the four
forms of frog, seagull, cow and duck with a popular cartoon dance. The
audience imitate the sounds of these animals: "Croak! Croak! Croak!" "
Moo! Moo! Moo!" and "Quack! Quack! Quack!" Fireworks are displayed.
The Paralympics mascot
Fu Niu Lele
A female singer pushing a baby carriage and a male singer walk and sing on the White Jade Plate. 100 female dancers slowly flow to the White Jade Plate like a galaxy. Thousands of luminous silver threads pull the whole Earth, as if he is carrying a traveling bag full of mountains, rivers and lands of the whole world. A display of 750 performers form birds and swans with their hands. On the blue backdrop it appears as birds or animals in the sky.
Liu Qi , head of the
Beijing Organizing Committee
PARALYMPIC FLAME LIGHTING OF THE FLAME CAULDRON
After a performance of the theme song Flying with the Dream by Han Hong and Andy Lau , the Paralympic flag was raised and the Paralympic anthem played.
Representatives of the athletes and judges then take an oath . Chinese goalball judge Hao Guohua took the Paralympic oath on behalf of all officials, while Paralympic runner Wu Chunmiao took the oath on behalf of the competitors.
The first torchbearer, Jin Jing , brought in the Olympic torch lit from the Temple of Heaven in Beijing. It was handed down by six torchbearers. The Paralympic flame is transferred last by Ping Yali to Hou Bin , the high jump gold medalist with one leg. In his wheelchair, Hou Bin pulls himself up to the cauldron and the flame is lit. A long series of fireworks is displayed around the stadium.
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