As the world watched the Chinese performed their magic once again in the Beijing Games closing ceremony, it turned its attention to London - the city hosting Games 2012.
After its much talked about opening ceremony just two weeks back, the Chinese had another go at impressing the billions who were glued to their tv sets. The audience weren't disappointed. However, Beijing Games 2008, which comes with a hefty price tag of just over £20 billion pounds, didn't come cheap.
Unlike the Chinese' comparatively bottomless money pit, London committed just over £9.6 billion. Looking at higher cost of living in London, it is unlikely that it'll get the same bang for its, well, pound. So what can we expect from London 2012?
What can we expect for London Games 2012?
London's Mayor, Boris Johnson with his speech at the handover party, which had the audience including PM Gordan Brown and David Beckham in stitches, pretty much sumed it up.
"There you have, I think, the essential difference between us and the rest of the world. Other nations such as the French looked at the dining table and saw the opportunity to have dinner. We looked at the dining table and saw an opportunity to play whiff whaff."
London, can never hope to compete with the Chinese' manpower coordination, its political will and the volume of fireworks. It doesn't have Zhang Yimou, Liu Xiang and Lan Lan. But it can count on David Beckham's star power, the Queen and Boris Johnson.
It will (and must) not compete on cultural homogeneity but should celebrate the differences that makes London the way it is today. Its many quirks, the London Underground, the British wit and the willingness of Londoners to ridicule and laugh at themselves should serve London well when the Games bring the world to this city.
For those who were sorely disappointed at London's eight minutes presentation in Beijing Games closing ceremony, just think of Sydney's inflatable kangaroos in their eight minutes. Seriously, what do you expect to do with eight minutes? Upstage the host at their game?
As Mayor Johnson so succinctly put it, let ping pong come back home!