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.
China's military band performs China's National Anthem during the Closing Ceremony
The performers brought to life Zhang Yimou's vision
Drummers perform on giant flying drums in front of the Olympic Flame
Dancers at the 2008 Olympics' Closing Ceremony
The flags of all the competing nations during the Closing Ceremony
Host countries' flags at the Closing Ceremonies for the 2008 Beijing Olympics
A traditional London double-decker bus being driven around the Bird's Nest Stadium
Leona Lewis performing "A Whole Lotta Love" during the Closing Ceremony