Chinese media celebrate "legendary performance" at Olympic opening

Society Materials 9 August 2008 12:05 (UTC +04:00)

Chinese media on Saturday hailed the opening ceremony of the 2008 Olympics as a  "legendary performance" that showcased the nation's cultural heritage, reported dpa.

"Beijing puts on a legendary performance," People's Daily, the official mouthpiece of the ruling Communist Party, said in a headline.

"The Divine Land (China) is full of nice surprises," the newspaper said in another headline.

"The nation opened the Olympic Games last night with a spectacular burst of wizardry and fireworks that wove ancient Chinese history with state-of-the-art technology," the Shanghai Daily newspaper said.

The Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post called the opening "a scintillating scroll through history to a dream finish".

China Daily said director Zhang Yimou and the other organizers had turned the 91,000-seat Bird's Nest Olympic stadium into a "cauldron of Chinese civilization".

"The rich tapestry of Chinese civilization came alive in a constantly evolving and abstractly fascinating scroll painting," China Daily said.

A public opinion poll found that 90 per cent of 1,500 Chinese citizens interviewed were happy with the opening ceremony, Beijing-based CTR Market Research said in a press release on Saturday.