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Last Updated: Friday August 08 2008 14:29 GMT

In Pictures: Olympics opening ceremony

Drummers

With millions of people watching around the world, the stunning opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympic Games got underway with 2,008 drummers!

Fireworks

Check out these fireworks! They were the start of a whopping 20,000 fireworks to be let off during the event in China

Olympic rings

Wow! These Olympic rings are made up of thousands of tiny specks of light

Costumes

These artists look impressive. More than 15,000 different costumes were used in the ceremony

Girl

This lucky Chinese girl got to show off her acrobatic skills as she was lifted into the air by a kite

Globe

This enormous globe weighed 16 tonnes and looked amazing in the Bird's Nest arena