The Beijing Olympics 2008 has been declared opened amid a colourful ceremony, which was promised to be a spectacular Olympic opening gala, here today. The three-hour show at Beijing's iconic "Bird's Nest" national stadium is being attended by many international personalities including Prime Minister of Pakistan Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani and President of the United States George W. Bush. With the beginning of the greatest show on earth the world's dream will come true as athletes from 205 countries will compete for 17 days to win 312 medals. On this occasion, more than 10,000 performers showcase the nation's ancient history and its rise as a modern power before an audience of 160,000 people.