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In pictures: Olympic village opens

China's NBA star Yao Ming (C) leaves after attending the opening ceremony of the Olympic Village

China's basketball star Yao Ming (c) was part of an all-Chinese delegation of athletes at the opening of the Olympic village.

A British red phone booth is installed at the Great Britain section of the Olympic Village

The ceremony took place on a muggy morning, with the village's blocks of flats shrouded in a pollution haze.

Chinese volunteers take oath during the opening ceremony

Some of the thousands of volunteers who will be working during the Games took an oath at the ceremony.

Chinese children perform during the opening ceremony

The village lies adjacent to the National Stadium and National Aquatics Centre on Beijing's Olympic Green.

A volunteer adjusts an Olympic rings-shaped hair accessory during the official opening

Some 16,000 athletes and officials will stay in the village during the Games, which run from 8-24 August.

Chinese children perform as the Village Mayor Chen Zhili looks o

Chen Zhili (r) the so-called mayor of the village, said the facilities were ready to welcome athletes from all over the world.

Chen Zhili, the Village Mayor, receives the symbolic key to the village

Chen received a symbolic gold key to the village from organising committee president Liu Qi.

Chinese staff clear tinsel from the stage used during the opening ceremony

After the Games finish, the Olympic flats will be refitted and sold.

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