As the ceremony got under way with a dramatic, drummed countdown, viewers watching at home and on giant screens inside the Bird's Nest National Stadium watched as a series of giant footprints outlined in fireworks processed gloriously above the city from Tiananmen Square.
My understanding is that the footprints actually went off, but due to concerns that any one helicopter position would be unable to show them all, they simply edited in footage (hurr durr) of the ones that couldn't be seen/most of them.
We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.