Guangzhou unveils Asian Games torch relay route

08:31, March 04, 2010      

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Organizers of the 16th Asian Games announced the torch relay route and the torch design for the 2010 Games this November.


A stewardess shows "The Tide", the torch for the 16th Asian Games, in Guangzhou, capital of south China's Guangdong Province, March 3, 2010. The Guangzhou Asian Games Organizing Committee (GAGOC) officially unveiled "The Tide" as the torch for the 16th Asian Games and the route of the torch relay on Wednesday. The torch relay will be held in 21 cities in Guangdong Province. (Xinhua/Lu Hanxin)

The torch relay will conclude in Guangzhou with the lighting of the Asian Games cauldron during the opening ceremony on November 12.

The torch relay for the Asiad will remain within the confines of Guangdong Province and travel to each of the regions' 21 major cities, including Zhongshan, Zhuhai, Dongguan, Shenzhen, Huizhou, Shanwei, Shantou, Jieyang, Chaozhou, Meizhou, Heyuan, Shaoguan, Qingyuan, Zhaoqing, Yunfu, Maoming, Zhanjiang, Yangjiang, Jiangmen, Foshan and Guangzhou.

The Guangzhou Asian Gmes Organizing Committee also unveiled the design of the torch, entitled The Tide, which last November was one of two designs shortlisted for consideration.

The Tide, which weighs 98g and is 70cm long, is tall and straight in terms of shape while dynamic in terms of image.


The photo taken on March 3, 2010 shows the map of the route of the torch relay for the 16th Asian Games. The Guangzhou Asian Games Organizing Committee (GAGOC) officially unveiled "The Tide" as the torch for the 16th Asian Games and the route of the torch relay on Wednesday. The torch relay will be held in 21 cities in Guangdong Province.

The upper part of the exterior of the torch is pierced with Guangzhou's delicate ivory carving techniques. The pierced part looks like rising and flowing flames; the solid part looks like flowing water symbolizing spirits of the Lingnan culture such as inclusiveness and innovation. The exterior of the torch is in the distinctive reddish color of the flower of bombax ceiba, the flower emblem of Guangzhou, embodying the power and passion of life.

Source: Xinhua
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