Beijing 2008 Olympic Games open formally

While most people in the West are still in offices, China is celebrating the Opening Ceremony. With over 80 officials from as many countries and an enviable security presence around the National Stadium of Beijing the inaugural ceremony is underway.

Drummers have already taken the stage and dancers are on their way. The Olympic opening ceremony will no doubt serve as a time when millions around the world will reflect on how much of even Western culture is influenced by China. Fireworks were originally a Chinese invention. Football or soccer was said to be born in China and so too many of the martial and combat arts practised as sport around the world. The Mongol empire may have fallen but is not forgotten.