Opening Ceremony of the Guangzhou Asian Games 2010

I've been stuck on a media boat for ten hours now.

Security is tight, so no one is allowed on or off the boat. And there is nothing to eat apart from a few bread rolls and tangerines.

There was a boat parade and some fireworks. Rather splendid if you like that kind of thing.

But I think the right word for it is 'schmaltzy'.

China never tires of putting on these kind of mega-events to get the patriotic hordes going.

Tomorrow it's time to get stuck into some serious sport...

ALEX HOFFORD : GUANGZHOU CHINA ASIAN GAMES PHOTOGRAPHER

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