2008 Beijing Olympics Closing Ceremony

At 8:00pm, on Sunday August 24 exactly 16 days after the beginning of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the Olympic Closing Ceremony began. Created by the famed Chinese director Zhang Yimou, the closing ceremony was an amazing spectacle and the perfect end to one of the most successful Olympics in modern Olympic history.

The closing ceremonies began with a countdown created from fireworks, followed by a performance that London, The 2012 host city, will be hard pressed to match. Jacques Rogge, the head of the International Olympic Committee called the 2008 Olympics "a truly exceptional games". Before handing over the Olympic flag to the mayor of London, a 28 member choir sung the British National Anthem. The highlight of the event was when a traditional London double-decker bus drove around the stadium surrounded by cyclists. The bus transformed itself into a stage and Leona Lewis and Jimmy Page performed "A Whole Lotta Love". David Beckham then kicked a soccer ball into the crowd. The Olympic Flame was then put out ending the most successful 2008 Olympic Games. China Odyssey Tours would like to come and visit Post-Olympic China. With us you are Never Alone in China.

Spectacular fireworks announce the beginning of the 2008 Olympics Closing Ceremony
Spectacular fireworks announce the beginning of the 2008 Olympics Closing Ceremony
China’s military band performs China’s National Anthem during the Closing Ceremony

China's military band performs China's National Anthem during the Closing Ceremony

 

Drummers and dancers perform during the Beijing Olympics’ Closing Ceremony
Drummers and dancers perform during the Beijing Olympics' Closing Ceremony
The performers brought to life Zhang Yimou’s vision

The performers brought to life Zhang Yimou's vision

 

The drummers and dancers bringing excitement to the Closing Ceremony
The drummers and dancers bringing excitement to the Closing Ceremony
Drummers perform on giant flying drums in front of the Olympic Flame

Drummers perform on giant flying drums in front of the Olympic Flame

 

Unicyclists during the Beijing Olympics’ Closing Ceremony
Unicyclists during the Beijing Olympics' Closing Ceremony
Dancers at the 2008 Olympics’ Closing Ceremony

Dancers at the 2008 Olympics' Closing Ceremony

 

Zhang Ning of China carries her country’s flag into the National Stadium
Zhang Ning of China carries her country's flag into the National Stadium
The flags of all the competing nations during the Closing Ceremony

The flags of all the competing nations during the Closing Ceremony

 

Dancers on bouncing stilts during the Olympics’ Closing Ceremony
Dancers on bouncing stilts during the Olympics' Closing Ceremony
Host countries’ flags at the Closing Ceremonies for the 2008 Beijing Olympics

Host countries' flags at the Closing Ceremonies for the 2008 Beijing Olympics

 

The Olympic flag being taken down to be given to the Mayor of London
The Olympic flag being taken down to be given to the Mayor of London
A traditional London double-decker bus being driven around the Bird’s Nest Stadium

A traditional London double-decker bus being driven around the Bird's Nest Stadium

 

The bus transformed into a stage during the Closing Ceremony
The bus transformed into a stage during the Closing Ceremony
Leona Lewis performing “A Whole Lotta Love” during the Closing Ceremony

Leona Lewis performing "A Whole Lotta Love" during the Closing Ceremony

 

The final number of the Closing Ceremony of the 2008 Olympics
The final number of the Closing Ceremony of the 2008 Olympics
The Closing Ceremony for the 2008 Beijing Olympics ended with a bang
The Closing Ceremony for the 2008 Beijing Olympics ended with a bang

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