8/8/8 was a big day for China, as it shrugged aside criticisms about its human rights records and the recent Tibetan crisis and the Szechuan earthquake. That was the day that everyone put aside their misgivings and concentrated on the sporting spectacle that is the Olympics. China, on their part, played up to expectations, with their ambitious building projects, matched by an elaborate opening ceremony.

The following pictures are testament to that.

Sydneysider Adam Pretty with a pretty shot for gettyimages.

Joe Klamar for AFP.

Mike Hewitt for gettyimages.

Streeter Lecka for gettyimages.

Ceremony pics robbed off The Big Picture.