There are only 297 days to the date of 2008 Olympic Games. We were searching for tickets for the opening ceremony, we asked several travel agencies and were told that all the tickets to the opening ceremony were sold out!

OK, no chance to go for the opening ceremony, but it is still good to talk about the opening time of the ceremony. The opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games will be 08:08:08pm, 08/08, that means,8 minutes and 8 seconds past 8 o’clock in the evening, Aug. 08, 2008. If we put them together, it is 8-8-8-8-8, five eights. Interesting, isn’t it? In Chinese, we would say, the opening time is

二零零八年八月八号八点八分八秒 (èr líng líng bā nián bā yuè bā hào bā diǎn bā fēn bā miǎo )

Why eight? You may ask. The reason is simple: because 8 is the lucky number in Chinese. The pronunciation of 八, bā, is close to 发(fā ), which means getting rich, getting well…

The good wish for the Olympic Games is thus hidden in the choice of the opening ceremony time. Let’s give our best wishes to the success of the Olympic Games 2008 Beijing too!

Good luck, Beijing!

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