Guangzhou strives to be the best host of the Asian Games

13:41, November 22, 2010      

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Zhang Youquan (middle), Executive Deputy Director of the Office briefed the media on the Enhancing of Cultural and Ethical Qualities of Citizens in Guangzhou.(Photo by GAGOC)

The Guangzhou Office of Spiritual Civilisation Construction Committee and the Guangzhou Asian Games Organising Committee (GAGOC) co-held a press conference in the Main Press Centre (MPC) of the Asian Games Town on Friday afternoon. Zhang Youquan, Executive Deputy Director of the Office briefed the media on the Enhancing of Cultural and Ethical Qualities of Citizens in Guangzhou.

Hosting the Asian Games not only provides golden opportunities for the building of spiritual civilisation, but also reviews the comprehensive strength of the host city, citizens' cultural and ethical qualities and Guangzhou's profile as a civilised city in an all-round way, said Zhang Youquan.

Commencing from the year 2004 when Guangzhou won the bid to host the Asian Games to 2007, the priority was placed on etiquette education for citizens.

A citywide campaign of "Welcoming Asian Games, Enhancing Civility, Building New Styles and Promoting Harmony" was kicked off in the following two years. Meanwhile, Etiquette Brochure for Guangzhou Citizens was revised.

Starting from 2010, the focus was shifted to education of spectators and audiences. Themed as "Guangzhou Cheers for You", the educational programmes of "Three Watching Etiquettes" for event watching, performance watching and exhibition watching were carried out.

Since March 2010, around 8,458,000 citizens and volunteers in Guangzhou have offered more than 16,285,000 hours' volunteering services. Besides, many advanced models are introduced and great efforts are made to build civilised communities.

In the end, Zhang noted that the host of the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou will surely leave the city with rich spiritual heritage, namely, civilisation, harmony, confidence and involvement.

Source: GAGOC


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