Hundreds of dancers, acrobats and drummers helped kick off the final ceremony, directed by Oscar-nominated Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou.
Although criticism of China’s human rights was persistent on the sidelines, Beijing has been praised for its flawless handling of the logistics for the games. China also led the competition with total gold medals (51).
The United States won the most medals overall – 110, China came in second with 100, and Russia was third with 72 medals.This Olympic was special for India with its first individual Gold medal won by Abhinav Bindra and two Bronze.
The next Olympic host – London – is expected to put on an eight minute show part way through the closing celebration.
During Britain’s segment, Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page and British singer Leona Lewis will perform.
Afterwards, British football (soccer) star David Beckham will kick a ball out into the crowd from the top of red double-decker bus.
“We will not compete with the (Chinese) ceremony, it will be simple, youthful, athletic, loud and proud like London, entertaining and fun,” said Mr Bill Morris, Culture, Events and Education chief of the 2012 London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG), at a media conference. Chairman of the LOCOG Sebastian Coe said the handover will mark the start of Britain’s four-year “cultural Olympiad”.