As the opening ceremony thrilled those in the Bird’s Nest stadium thousands gathered in Tiananmen Square to watch the events unfold on giant screens. The enthusiasm for the Olympics within China has to be seen to be believed, a young Irishman caught up in party said. “ It’s overwhelming, I cannot describe it, it’s amazing. People are so friendly here, and they are nuts. They just sing and chant, “Go on China” all the time.”
Pride and patriotism is tangible in Beijing and that is before the gold medals even start rolling in.