Asian Games 2010 Closing Ceremony
2010 Asian Games, specifically the 16 Asian Games, will be held from November 12 to 27, 2010, in Guangzhou, the biggest and most prosperous city in Southern China. The Asian Games is the second largest sports event in the world, only after the Summer Olympic Games. Closing Ceremony will be on 14th October 2010. The Games are being held in Delhi, India, from 3 to 14 October 2010, the largest multi-sport event conducted to date in India and Delhi, which are hosted the Asian Games in 1951 and 1982.
Asian games is the second largest multi-sport event after the Olympics On 12 November, 2010 opening ceremony will be scheduled for 2010 Asian Games at Haixinsha Island in the Pearl River. The ceremony will be directed by Chen Weiya, the assistant director of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. Ceremony will be start at 20:04 (UTC+8), with some 7,000 peoples contributed to the ceremony, team parade will be held at 21:00 (UTC+8), while “mystifying” lightning ceremony will be held at 21:42 (UTC+8). The ceremony will be held one by one at the sea and land. Closing ceremony will be on November 27, 2010, with a flag handover to 2014 Games will also include in this ceremony.
The Asian Games will come to a close on Saturday but the host city of Guangzhou is looking to secure a sustainable legacy from the Games.
The two-week-long competition is the largest sporting event been held in the capital of the southern province of Guangdong and the biggest of the 16 Asian Games held every four years since 1951. More than 10,000 athletes from 45 countries and regions are participating in a record 42 sports ranging from archery to chess.
The event has offered Guangzhou an opportunity to emulate Beijing, which transformed itself for the 2008 Summer Olympic Games, and Shanghai, which went on a construction spree for the recently completed Shanghai World Expo 2010, as the third largest city in China has invested some 120 billion yuan (about 17.9 billion U.S. dollars) on projects including stadiums, roads and subway lines.
“If you haven’t seen Guangzhou since last year, then you’ll be seeing a totally different city now,” said Liu Jiangnan, deputy secretary-general of the Guangzhou Asian Games Organizing Committee.
One of the most striking new facilities is Asian Games Town, a new community located some 40km southeast of downtown Guangzhou that is home to the athletes’ village, press center and media village.
The 600-meter-tall Canton Tower (or Guangzhou TV & Sightseeing Tower) which opened in late September in time for the Asiad, has become a new landmark and been attracting several thousand visitors daily despite the 150 yuan (about 22.3 U.S. dollars) cost of a ticket.
International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge said he was impressed about the great changes that have taken place in the city which he first visited in 2001.
“Nine years ago, you didn’t have so many skyscrapers, you didn’t have the high TV tower,” Rogge told Xinhua last week after he attended the Asian Games opening ceremony held in the Haixinsha Island on Nov. 12.
“Guangzhou was just a provincial capital then, now it has become a world city.”
Guangzhou Tower is a 217 meter tall lattice telecommunication tower in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou with an observation deck. It was erected in 1991.
A new Guangzhou TV & Sightseeing Tower of 610 meters was completed in October 2010 and is open to the public to enjoy a observation floor on floor 107 and floor 108. The tower started to launch a test operation.
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