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APEC Firework Display Beijing 2014

CHECK THIS OUT – Filmed at the National Olympic Stadium, (also known as the Bird’s Nest), is one of the best firework displays we have witnessed.

The APEC firework display demonstrated a combination of live performances, projected hi-definition videos, and explosive 3D fireworks.

The fireworks display was held in Beijing for the leaders attending the 22nd Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders meeting.

Environmentally friendly fireworks were also used. These fireworks are made using a cleaner-burning, nitrogen-based fuel that emits less smoke than the traditional fireworks.

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Fireworks Stores Explode Into Life For Chinese New Year 2010

Cracking Photo Mid Show

Beijingers were fired up about fireworks yesterday when 671 licensed pyrotechnics suppliers opened for business within the Fifth Ring Road.

Many customers were eager to get their hands on some decorative explosives – even if some had their enthusiasm extinguished by the cost.

“There were customers waiting for us before we opened our counter at 9 am this morning,” said a female storeowner, surnamed Chen, from her business near the Ito Yokado store on the North Fourth Ring Road.

“Customers have been coming in throughout the morning,” she said.

“Most of them were kids who came and bought some less powerful fireworks. We are open until 9pm, so most parents are likely to drop by after work,” she added. Around 30 customers stopped by the store while METRO was there to check out the merchandise, although only two bought items, spending around 500 yuan.

“I think I could not get as many fireworks this year as I did last year for the same money, the price is higher,” said a female customer who spent 300 yuan on firecrackers. “My husband and son like setting off fireworks on Chinese New Year’s Eve, so I just bought some for them.”

A male customer agreed that the price was a little steep.

“I feel most fireworks are more expensive than last year,” said the man, who was in his mid-40s, after browsing for about 20 minutes.

According to the municipal government’s fireworks regulations, the shops can stay open until Feb 28.

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Some Opening Ceremony fireworks were faked

Beijing Olympics Firework

If you watched the Opening Ceremony on Friday night, chances are you said something like, “no way that’s possible” at least once. It turns out you were right.

London’s Telegraph newspaper reports that some of the fireworks which appeared over Beijing during the television broadcast of the Olympic Opening Ceremony were actually computer generated. But — hold on — it’s not necessarily as bad  as you think.

The faked fireworks were actually set-off at the stadium, but because of potential dangers in filming the display live from a helicopter, viewers at home were shown a pre-recorded, computer-generated shot. It sounds dishonest, but I’m not sure it’s such a terrible thing.

The Opening Ceremony is, at its core, just one big performance. And isn’t it accepted that some things might not be legit at a performance?  The final torchbearer wasn’t actually running around the top of the stadium, does the fact that everyone could figure that out make it any less impressive? It might have been unnecessarily deceptive, but the firework-faking isn’t really that big of a deal. But, if I found out that the lighted-drum thing wasn’t on the up and up, then we’ll have problems, China.

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