The Official Website of the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games  September 6-17, 2008

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Summary of the Opening Ceremony

Updated:2008-09-06 23:46:33


17. The President of PRC Declares the Paralympic Games Open

Synopsis: Hu Jintao, the President of PRC, declares the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games open.

Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games

Up till now, 12 cities have hosted the Summer Paralympic Games:

Rome (1960 Games), Tokyo (1964ⅡGames), Tel Aviv (1968 Ⅲ Games), Heidelberg (1972 Ⅳ Games),Toronto (1976 ⅤGames), Arnhem (1980 Ⅵ Games), New York (1984 Ⅶ Games), Seoul (1988 Ⅷ Games),Barcelona (1992 Ⅸ Games), Atlanta (1996 Ⅹ Games), Sydney (2000 Ⅺ Games),and Athens (2004 Ⅻ Games)

The Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games are the XIII Paralympic Games.

18. Theme Song, Flying with the Dream

Synopsis: Art performance theme song, Flying with the Dream.

19. Entrance of the IPC Flag

Synopsis: Entrance of the IPC Flag

The IPC flag enters from Gate 3. Flag bearers walk along the east track of the National Stadium, passing Gate 4, the north track, Gate 1, the west track and Gate 2, and carry it to the flagpole area.

IPC Flag

The IPC Flag has a white background, with the IPC logo (three "curves" of red, blue and green) and the round motif of the English acronym of the International Paralympic Committee "IPC" on it.

The motif of the IPC flag consists of the three colors of red, blue and green, expressing IPC's concept of "Mind, Body, Spirit"

IPC logo

The IPC logo has been modified three times. The original logo contains a common Tai-Geuk motif of Korea. In 2003, IPC approved the new logo created by the internationally renowned agency "Scholz & Friends".

The new logo consists of three elements in red, blue and green – the three colors that are most widely represented in national flags around the world. The shape of the three elements (Agitos) symbolizes the new vision of the IPC: "To enable Paralympic Athletes to Achieve Sporting Excellence and to Inspire and Excite the World". The universality of the Paralympic Movement is shown through the round shape of the entire logo-symbolizing the globe.

The new logo is used at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games for the first time.

Photo: Entrance of the IPC flag
Entrance of the IPC flag (Photo credit: Xinhua)

20. Raising the IPC Flag and Playing the IPC anthem

Synopsis: Raising the IPC flag and playing the IPC anthem

Three flag guards raise the IPC flag slowly in the IPC anthem…

21. Representatives of athletes and judges take oath

Synopsis: representatives of athletes and judges take oath.

The representative of athletes takes oath.

The representative of judges takes oath.

Athletes' Oath

"In the name of all the competitors, I promise that we shall take part in these Paralympic Games, respecting and abiding by the rules which govern them, committing ourselves to a sport without doping and without drugs, in the true spirit of sportsmanship, for the glory of sport and the honour of our teams"

Judges' Oath

"In the name of all the judges and officials, I promise that we shall officaiate in these Paralympic Games with complete impartiality, respecting and abiding by the rules which govern them, in the true spirit of sportsmanship. "

Photo: Hao Guohua takes the Paralympic oath
Hao Guohua takes the Paralympic oath. (Photo credit: Xinhua)

22. Entrance of the torch

Synopsis: Entrance of the torch.

Carrying the torch lit at the Temple of Heaven in Beijing in the hand, the first torchbearer enters the stadium from Gate 3, runs to the middle of the east track, and hands the torch to the second torchbearer; after receiving the torch, the second torchbearer runs to the middle of the north track, and hands the torch to the third torch bearer; after receiving the torch, the third torchbearer runs to the middle of the west track, and hands the torch to the fourth torchbearer; after receiving the torch, the fourth torchbearer runs to the middle of the south track, and hands the torch to the fifth torchbearer; after receiving the torch, the fifth torchbearer runs to the middle of the east track, and hands the torch to the sixth torchbearer; after receiving the torch, the sixth torchbearer runs to the center of the field…

Temple of Heaven

Built in 1420 and occupying an area of 2.73 million square meters, the Temple of Heaven is the largest existing temple in China for ancient Chinese heaven worship, visited by the emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties for heaven worship and prayer for good harvest.

The temple of Heaven is a masterpiece of Chinese classical architectural art. Its artistic charm is everywhere. Blue is the primary color, symbolizing that all halls were built in "heaven".

In 1998, the Temple of Heaven was confirmed as a "world cultural heritage site" by UNESCO.

The lighting of the Paralympic flame at the Temple of Heaven implies "the unity of man and nature", the core concept the traditional Chinese culture, manifests the Chinese people's pursuit of "the harmony between man and nature", and is in line with the concept of "Sky, Earth and Human Beings" embodied in the emblem of the Beijing Paralympic Games.

Photo: Relaying the Paralympic flame
Relaying the Paralympic flame (Photo credit: Xinhua)
Photo: Ping Yali relays the Paralympic flame
Ping Yali relays the Paralympic flame. (Photo credit: Xinhua)

23. Lighting the Cauldron

Synopsis: The stars are bight tonight! - This is a gathering of life in the universe! This is a carnival of life in the universe!

The sixth torchbearer stands at the center of the field, and lights the Paralympic flame at the cauldron.

Photo: The torch is lit
The torch is lit. (Photo credit: Xinhua)

24. Celebration Fireworks

Synopsis: Celebration Fireworks

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