Chinese flock to TV screens to share Olympic pride
Date Published: 08/08/2008
Ching-Ching Ni, Los Angeles Times, Aug. 08, 2008
All the years of waiting and sacrifice seemed worth it when the Games finally began at that auspicious 8 minutes past 8 on the eighth day of the eight month in the eighth year past the second millennium. Wherever there was a TV screen, big or small, the people of Beijing on Friday gathered and cheered, soaking up this brief moment in the long history of this ancient capital when the Olympic flame illuminated the Chinese sky. Despite suffocating heat and the threat of a summer shower, locals poured into designated parks and viewing areas in Beijing, grandparents and babies in tow, some waiting hours for a foothold among the standing-room-only crowds of thousands that roared past midnight. "I am so proud to be Chinese tonight," said Ju Ke, a 19-year-old animation student who got a front row seat on the grass of Ditan Park before two giant monitors. --- Posted by Tian Sun
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