PHOTOS: Olympics Opening Ceremony Bursts With Color

PHOTOS: Olympics Opening Ceremony Bursts With Color
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Beijing, China, August 8, 2008—A performer gazes into the crowd at the opening ceremony at Beijing's National Stadium.

The ceremony highlighted Chinese art, architecture, and imperial power, while also emphasizing the Olympic and Confucian ideal of harmony.

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