In the opening ceremony for the 2008 Olympics, the Chinese digitally enhanced a fireworks display and replaced a 7-year-old singing girl with a "cuter" lip-syncher.

In what other ways have the Chinese been trying to cover up perceived imperfections?

Entire Wenchuan region, which was devastated by the 8.0-magnitude earthquake in May, has been covered with a 1,600-square-mile canvas bearing the phrase "Go for the gold!"

Calling canoeing competitions "interesting"

Beijing's homeless have been freeze-dried and painted to resemble terra-cotta warriors

Opening drumming sequence performed entirely by professional drummers who had undergone months of rehearsal

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Cotton balls glued into sickly pandas' bald spots

Entire Chinese population CGI-ed

Holding massive two-week sporting spectacle to distract from environmental calamities, mass poverty, and human rights abuse