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  1. 15 hours ago, AustralianFan said:

    Munichfan posted this week in the Cauldron thread a google earth image of the Birds Nest Stadium which was excellent.  

    This morning here are a couple more images from google earth and looks the same.

    Is that an ice skating rink on the stadium floor?

    There is also a hinge on that side-ramp ….



    They said in the article the stage was finished by October/November so i don't think its going to change much.

    If that's a huge Ice Rink then that alone would put this ceremony on a whole different level, and it would be Salt Lake City 2.0. Back in the day I was very impressed by the use of an ice rink in 2002 but I missed the fact that feat was never attempted again in other winter ceremonies. So seeing it done again by China and 20 years later when the technology has changed drastically would some high quality moments.



  2. Anyway....most of us knew it but now we have it confirmed. Given he wants to be different, its clear the ceremony won't be a story lesson like in 2008. Seems its going to be short, too, probably short segments like in Pyeongchang. But i'm sure he will be able to do something interesting neverthless.

    Just hoping its better than the handover, though. That one wasn't his greatest feat and it felt more like a tryhard attempt to surpass Tokyo's handover from 2016 with those moving LED TV's and everything.

  3. 54 minutes ago, munichfan said:

    So... 3,000 performers. That should be about on par with what Sochi had, if I recall that correctly.

    1000 more than Sochi's. It's not going to be Beijing 2008, that's for sure, but its still going to be pretty big, probably on par with Sochi's ceremonies.




    He hinted that the design was in line with the concept of environmental protection and low carbon emission, but refused to give more clues, saying "it's a secret."

    Not again..... :unsure:

    Because the firework show totally doesn't pollute the sky more than a cauldron, right?

  4. Torch relay will only last three days before the Opening Ceremony and it will only visit the three Olympic sites (Beijing, Zhangjiakou and Yanqing), with 1200 torchbearers. Undoubtly a consequence of the pandemic and to avoid what we saw in Tokyo relay which faced lots of cancellations/changes in many of its planned routes... So far they've been just doing an "exhibition" of the torch sans the flame around some of chinese cities (which makes me wonder why they did the Olympia ceremony so early to begin with)




  5. Sadly mass scale ceremonies won't be coming back yet for a good while as this year doesn't look very bright at all regarding the pandemic (except for Beijing 2022 which is most likely going to still do a massive spectacle).

    I still think the pandemic was an excuse to justify the organizative disaster which was the Tokyo ceremonies, though.

  6. On 12/19/2021 at 6:14 PM, baron-pierreIV said:

    Agree.  And I hope there's NO repeat of what happened after Socio 2014 when Russia just marched into Crimea and took it (back) -- and China decides it's time to retake Taiwan -- which was NEVER theirs anyway.  

    Reminder every chinese leader since Mao promised to retake Taiwan. Their endgame is to scare people from voting for Pan-Greens (specially the DPP) again and return to KMT party rule which was more domesticated to comply with the CCP. A war with Taiwan will be disastrous for their image and its not going to be a walk in the park like Hong Kong was.

  7. 21 hours ago, baron-pierreIV said:

    Plus, this is the country where the global pandemic all began

    Not according to them anymore. They're deflecting the blame on America and discussion about the virus origin is now Verbotten in China, in a similar way to what happened in June 1989. And the arrogance of the mainland has reached a point they only don't care about what the "degenerate West" thinks, but also are taking pleasure in pissing them off.

    21 hours ago, baron-pierreIV said:

    I bet they're preparing a much simpler show now

    Did you saw the massive show they did to celebrate the anniversary of the CCP this year? Chinese don't lack at vanity, no matter the situation. And their dislike of Japan will push them to flex at them in anyway they can (not like surpassing whatever Japan did is too hard though)

  8. On 12/17/2021 at 7:16 AM, AustralianFan said:

    Not so far.   As with Beijing 2008, the Chinese Government / organisers will keep a very very tight military-discipline lid on this and woe betide anyone caught leaking any secrets and spoilers.

    Reminder SBS (South Korea) got banned from transmitting Beijing 2008 because they leaked many scenes of their opening ceremonies. China was furious and the IOC had to comply with banning SBS as punishment. I doubt any other television company wants to venture itself into trying something similar.

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