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What Chinese care most about London Olympics


08:27, June 12, 2012

BEIJING, June 11 (Xinhua) -- Following is a list of points of interest to Chinese during the London Olympic Games:

July 27 - Open ceremony

The Olympic Stadium will be the focus of world attention when it hosts the opening ceremony of the London Olympic Games at 2100 GMT on July 27.

The ceremony, whose most expensive tickets cost 2012 pounds, will provide an opportunity for the world to view the culture of the host city and the UK and the artistic expression of the artistic director - Danny Boyle, an Oscar-winning director of Slumdog Millionaire.

The 27 million pounds opening ceremony named the "Isles of Wonder"is inspired by Shakespeare's The Tempest.

"They [the Olympic and Paralympic opening and closing Ceremonies] will represent one journey to the end of the Paralympics, looking at who we are, who we were and who we would wish to be," said Boyle.

At least 150 of Britain's Olympic competitors are expected not to attend the opening ceremony because it could jeopardize Team GB's medal effort.

Coaches are worried that the hours-long ceremony, which will finish at 11pm to accommodate US prime time TV, will sap competitors' energy.

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Beijing Resident at 2012-06-1296.44.178.*
I seem to remember that the Opening Ceremonies for the Beijing Olympics lasting past midnight. Not sure the China Olympic Committee has much of a right to complain about a 11:00 p.m. finish...

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