Changing China

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Beijing Games: picture of the day

August 6, 2008

Yao Ming holds the Olympic torch aloft

Chinese basketball player Yao Ming (C) holds the Olympic torch during the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games torch relay in Beijing August 6, 2008. REUTERS/Joe Chan (CHINA)

Russell Boyce writes: Yao Ming enters Tiananmen Square holding the Olympic torch high in the air in front of the portrait of Chairman Mao. The calm in the faces of Yao and Mao belies the chaos that surrounds them, as the flame escorts push back the assembled media and a crush of spectators.

Russell Boyce is Reuters chief photographer, Asia. For a selection of other great Reuters pix from the Games click here. For the full story on the torch click here.


Will be possible in Beijing to take a photo without a lot of people running with worried faces?


Antonio, check out 6/chinese-smiles-show-changing-times-in- beijing/.

You’d be worried too if you were in front of Yao Ming’s size whatever feet. Clear out..the big guy’s gonna run!

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Welcome all to the Great Chinese Communist Olympics as Yao Ming proceeds to light the Great Wok!

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