Coverage of the opening ceremony of the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing.
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The segment represents the prosperity of ancient China as "The State of Li and Yue". Accompanied by the music of Kunqu, one of the oldest extant Chinese operas, the giant scroll expands and shows several beautiful classic ancient paintings from Tang, Song, Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties. At this point, two rows of huge royal dragon pillars called huabiao (P: Huábiao) emerged and stretched skyward, with the performers dancing to the ancient tune Chunjiang Hua Yuèye, as pink and orange fireworks were set off overhead. See more