Hangzhou Asian Games torch relay to start on Sept. 8 near the West Lake

(Xinhua) 08:13, September 07, 2023

The press conference for the torch relay of the 19th Asian Games Hangzhou is held at the Hangzhou Asian Games Main Media Center on Sept. 6, 2023. (Xinhua/Jiang Han)

The torch relay for the Hangzhou Asian Games will start on Sept. 8, with a total of 2,022 torchbearers participating in 11 cities across Zhejiang Province.

HANGZHOU, Sept. 6 (Xinhua) -- The torch relay for the Hangzhou Asian Games is set to commence on Sept. 8 near the iconic West Lake, organizers announced during a press conference on Wednesday at the Asian Games Main Media Center.

The torch will journey through 11 cities in Zhejiang province, including Huzhou, Jiaxing, Shaoxing, Ningbo, Zhoushan, Taizhou, Wenzhou, Lishui, Jinhua, and Quzhou, before returning to Hangzhou on Sept. 20 to complete its final leg.

A total of 2,022 torchbearers will participate in the relay, ranging in age from 14 to 84 years old.

In line with the games' ethos of being "green, smart, economical, and ethical," the planning for the Hangzhou Asian Games torch relay route emphasizes simplicity and a fitting scale. The design of the relay routes in each location accentuates the unique characteristics, historical and cultural significance, and natural beauty of the respective cities, ensuring a diverse and visually stunning journey.

Furthermore, the torch relay incorporates both online and offline elements. Following the Asian Games Flame Lighting Ceremony on June 15, the "Digital Torchbearer" online relay activity was launched. To date, the number of "Digital Torchbearers" has surpassed 84 million. 

(Web editor: Zhang Kaiwei, Liang Jun)


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