The 2008 Olympics, hosted by China, began on Friday 8th August with a spectacular opening ceremony.

Directed by Zhang Yimou, an acclaimed Chinese filmmaker, the ceremony showed scenes representing triumphs from China’s past, including famous Chinese inventions such as gunpowder, the compass and paper.

Read more in this article from BBC News, and look at fantastic photos posted by The Boston Globe.

Photo: Adam Pretty/Getty Images (via The Boston Globe)


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Lucy is English and first ventured out of the UK she was 19. Since then she has lived in 4 different countries and tried to see as much of the world as possible. She loves learning languages, learning about different cultures and hearing different points of view.