Friday, August 08, 2008

Beijing celebrates

Hundreds flocked to see fireworks at the Qianhai Lake on Friday night. The display followed the Olympic opening ceremony in Beijing which was watched by thousands on big screens around town and in bars and cafes. There were screams of delight when the Chinese Olympic team emerged at the end of the ceremony and as fireworks showered over parts of the city the mood was one of great celebration. The mood was only slightly dampened as many struggled to get home following the events. There were few taxis on the streets and buses were also scarce. Many resorted to walking long distances though the late night metro service did accommodate most revellers. Others however gave up and could be seen sleeping on street benches in temperatures well above 30 degrees.
[tvnewswatch, Beijing, China]

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