It's the best time to be in China right now and I'm so happy to spend my summer vacation here with my family and friends. Hope you enjoyed the opening ceremony. The picture on the left is the front page of my hometown(Suzhou) newspaper saying "this is a historical moment, which fulfill our dream for 100 years." Being Chinese, it's a truly moving moment for me.
From the experience design point of view, I really liked the story telling techniques throughout the show. In particular, the opening video showed traditional paper making and brush work. What's brilliant is at the end of the video, we saw a scroll of paper, which then transferred to the huge physical paper scroll that was the main platform of all the performance followed. The experience was very continuous for viewers as it moved from a look at traditional Chinese culture to the modern China. Of course, during the show, we got to leverage the fact that we have 1.3 billion people. 🙂 The 2008 drummers countdown at the beginning to the 2008 people forming a peace dove at the end, show China's love of harmony and unity.
Enjoy the games! - cheers, Qixing