Five thousand years of Chinese history and culture culminated on Friday, August 8, 2008 at the opening ceremony for the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing. It's as if all those crouching tigers and hidden dragons were waiting in the wings to pounce with force and ferocity as soon as they knew the entire world was watching. And watch they did, with 91,000 spectators in the Bird's Nest — China's new national sports stadium — and perhaps a billion more watching on ...

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