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Last Updated: Wednesday August 08 2007 18:40 GMT

In pictures: One year to the Beijing Olympics

China Olympic Games celebrations

The next Olympic Games, held in Beijing, China, begin in exactly one years time, on 8 August 2008.

China Olympic Games celebrations

Starting today, there are 366 days to go until the opening ceremony.

China Olympic Games celebrations

Thousands of people across China were celebrating the start of the countdown.

China Olympic Games celebrations

A total of 999 children from across the country played music on the Great Wall of China.

China Olympic Games celebrations

They were playing traditional musical instruments on the wall, bits of which are around 2,000 years old.

China Olympic Games celebrations

The wall stretches for around 6,000km across the country.

China Olympic Games celebrations

As well as traditional instruments, there were displays by groups operating the dragons the country is famous for.

China Olympic Games celebrations

The organisation was amazing with all these people holding red fans.

China Olympic Games celebrations

And it's not really a celebration without fireworks, is it?

China Olympic Games celebrations

But a lot of people are getting worried about the air in China, which can get very smoggy, and make it difficult for athletes to breathe.



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