We waited for many hours for this to happen.
We were driven to the Ring Road about 6 hours before.
There were people like us gathering early to get a good viewing spot.
The locals were super friendly and wanting to engage us (language difficulties aside).
There were barriers up, all sorts of guards and minders keeping us all in the spots allocated for viewing.
There were no toilets, no food vendors, no drinks.
It was all very un-Asian!!!
Then, the time was there, the opening ceremony was being held and the bucket load of buses carrying the hordes of performers came and went.
The Fireworks started and went on for about 20-30 minutes.
They were dull and ordinary compared to a Hing Kong, Sydney or even a Perth event. I've seen better displays at a fair in Thailand.
On TV, however, the Chinese had faked fireworks all over Beijing making it look very impressive. No one in the office believed me when I said that none of the official TV fireworks was real. They said, "How do you know that"?
Of course, I was there.
It put me off waiting for fireworks for a long time.... I am still leery.
Anyways, that's the story!!
We went down to "The Den", our favourite Beijing Bar to watch events and have good food, good company and a few Cigars, inside.. haha. Different world!!!
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