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Perhaps the best part of a long segment on Chinese writing and painting -- which began with the unraveling of a massive scroll on which Chinese dancers/acrobats applied the script with their movements -- was the finale.

It came after a display designed to demonstrate the Chinese invention of movable-type printing, which involved 897 Chinese men moving white boxes up and down like pistons to depict a number of symbols, including the ancient Chinese character "He," which means harmony.

At the end of this display, the men yanked the boxes off of their heads -- they could not be seen prior to this -- and stood smiling with delight, waving furiously to the crowd. Lots of happiness from that group.

By Amy Shipley  |  August 8, 2008; 8:30 AM ET
Categories:  Opening Ceremonies  
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