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The big day arrives: Beijing abuzz ahead of Games opening

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Dress rehearsalThe big day has finally arrived. Seven years on from the decision to award Beijing the 2008 Summer Olympics the Games are set to begin with a “big bang” at the opening ceremony at the Bird’s Nest.

I’ve only been in Beijing a week so I thought I’d ask a couple of colleagues who live here in the Chinese capital to tell us how they feel now the waiting is (almost) over.

Nick Mulvenney is a sports correspondent who moved to China two-and-a-half years ago to help cover the whole Olympic build-up. Lindsay Beck is a general news corro who was here when China was awarded the Games and has been back living here for four years. Click on the video below.

PHOTO: Performers wait before the last rehearsal for the opening ceremony of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, August 5, 2008. REUTERS/Marcelo del Pozo

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