14 Nov ’10

16th Asian Games – Opening Ceremony

The opening ceremony of the 16th Asian Games 第16届亚洲运动会 officially began on November 12, 2010. For the first time in history, the ceremony was held along the Pearl River on Haixinsha Island in Guangzhou, China, instead of a stadium.

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The opening ceremony, which lasted for four hours, was directed by Chen Weiya 陈维亚, who was the assistant director of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing 北京奥运会, and featured a cast of around 6,000 performers. Nearly 30,000 spectators have participated in the event.

As China staged the biggest sporting gala since the 2008 Beijing Olympics, a record of 42 events throughout the 16 days of the competition will be contested by Asian athletes. Some 900,000 volunteers will go all out to ensure a comfortable and safe environment for the audience as well as the athletes.

The Guangzhou Games is the largest ever Asian Games featuring 28 Olympic and 14 non-Olympic sports with 476 gold medals in total. The Games will witness the debuts of cricket, dance sports, dragon boat racing, roller sports and Weiqi (aka Go).

More Photos from the Event

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  1. Evan Ruutana

    OMG!!! This is so great!!! So proud of you CHINA :D

  2. The lighting of the torch was pretty cool.

  3. Jec

    Fascinating! I’d love to see fireworks in China. :D

  4. Ted

    China is awesome! They’re willing to spend so much money on such ceremonies.

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