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