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Last Updated: Sunday August 24 2008 16:45 GMT

In pics: Beijing passes Olympic baton to London

Closing ceremony of the Olympic Games

After a record-breaking Olympics that's being described by some as one of the best ever, China put on an amazing display for Beijing's closing ceremony.

Dancers performing during the closing ceremony of the Beijing Games

Performers' bright costumes and impressive acrobatic displays dazzled the 90,000 people in the Bird's Nest stadium and millions of others who were watching all over the world.

Dancers performing during the closing ceremony of the Beijing Games

Thousands of dancers performed complicated routines with precision timing.

Fireworks over China's national stadium during the closing ceremony of the Beijing Games

And huge firework displays erupted from 18 different sites across the city to the delight of crowds inside the stadium and out.

Cyclist Chris Hoy carrying the flag for Team GB

After winning three gold medals in Beijing, cyclist Chris Hoy was given the honour of carrying the flag for Team GB during a parade for the all countries that took part in the Games.

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and his wife Sarah

Leaders from all over the world were in town to enjoy the ceremony, including the British Prime Minister Gordon Brown. It looks like he's enjoying it, but what's shocked his wife Sarah?

Drummers performing in the closing ceremony at the Beijing Games

Wow! Maybe it was seeing these drummers performing so high in the air. Don't look down!

People watching the closing ceremony on giant screens in front of Buckingham Palace in London

In the UK, thousands of people watched the moment London became the official host city of the next Olympics on giant screens scattered across the home nations.

London's red double decker bus inside the Bird's Nest stadium

Back in China, a London bus was driven into the Bird's Nest stadium to give the world a taste of what to expect at the Games in 2012.

David Beckham during the closing ceremony of the Beijing Games

David Beckham got a massive cheer when he appeared to kick a football into the stadium from the top of the bus. Later he said he'd been really nervous about it all going wrong!

Thousands of people in London got to go to a free party outside the Queen's official home, Buckingham Palace, to celebrate the Olympic handover.

In London, thousands of people in London got to go to a free party outside the Queen's official home, Buckingham Palace, to celebrate the Olympic handover.

McFly performing at the London 2012 party outside Buckingham Palace

Bands like McFly, Scouting for Girls and the Feeling all performed songs related to the Olympics. McFly chose to cover Abba's Winner Takes It All.