Hangzhou, September 23 – The 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou officially opened on the autumnal equinox, creating a historic moment that captured everyone’s attention. President Xi Jinping announced the opening at 21:16, and the stadium erupted in applause and cheers. The opening ceremony showcased the “Chinese characteristics, Asian style, and splendid splendor” of the Asian Games, beginning with a performance highlighting sailing. The ceremony featured a countdown, with the emblem of the Asian Games, “Tide Surge,” emerging in the midst of the audience. The Liangzhu ancient city, representing the history of Chinese civilization, highlighted the dawn of human civilization and witnessed the glory of the Asian Games in Hangzhou, a city at the forefront of the digital economy. The opening ceremony showcased the cultural beauty of China, with the national flag unveiled to the moving hymn “I love you China.” Athletes from different countries and regions entered the stadium as China opened its doors with genuine enthusiasm. The grand “Ode to the Motherland” played as the Chinese sports delegation, consisting of 886 athletes, entered the stadium, bringing joy and excitement to the audience. The Hangzhou Asian Games, comprising 38 major events and 407 minor events, is the largest and highest international comprehensive sports event held after China optimized and adjusted its epidemic prevention and control measures. Over the past 50 years, Chinese society has become increasingly focused on sports, supporting sports, and participating in sports. The Asian Games included a record number of athletes, with more than 12,000 participants. The competition featured a variety of Olympic sports as well as special events like martial arts and breakdancing, representing the sports culture of different regions in Asia. The Asian Games, with a history of more than 70 years, exuded new vitality, becoming more inclusive and full of youth. The opening ceremony showcased the integration and excitement of China, Asia, and the world in the new era, using the theme of water and tide. It portrayed the strength and beauty that come from unity and resilience in the face of challenges. The flame of unity was lit from the ruins of Liangzhu Ancient City and arrived at the Hangzhou Olympic Sports Center Stadium, symbolizing the way forward for the Asian Games. The opening ceremony celebrated the beauty and diversity of Asia, with landmarks from different countries and regions forming a picture of unity. The main torch tower, “Qianjiang Tide,” consisted of 19 columns, symbolizing the 19 Asian Games held in different periods.
Xinhua News Agency, Hangzhou, September 23 (Reporters Huang Yao, Ding Wenxian, Xia Liang) On the autumnal equinox, Qiantang swells, and the light of the Asian Games illuminates the West Lake.
In the “Big Lotus”-shaped Hangzhou Olympic Sports Center Stadium, the undulating tide outlines the distinctive nature of the Zhijiang land, which stands bravely on the tide. In the center of the floor screen, the Chinese and English words “Hangzhou welcomes you” are particularly impressive under the night. Once again, the ancient eastern country opened its warm welcome to visitors from all directions.
This is a historic moment, a moment that attracts everyone’s attention——
At 21:16, President Xi Jinping announced: The 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou opens!
Amid warm applause and cheers, there was an Asian Games event with “Chinese characteristics, Asian style, and splendid splendor” of sailing.
This is a performance taken at the opening ceremony on 23 September. Photo by Xinhua News Agency reporter Yang Lei
The light of civilization is shining in Asia
“10, 9, 8, 7…”, accompanied by the resonant drum sound of 19 “water jade congs”, the tide gradually spread. With water as a gift and drums beating to welcome guests, the emblem of this Asian Games “Tide Surge” emerged in the midst of the audience.
This is the countdown before the opening ceremony which was filmed on September 23. Photo by Xinhua News Agency reporter Xu Yu
Jade birds fly, time and space flow, divine emblems float, and the ancient city reappears. Liangzhu, the oldest “Hangzhou City” which shows the history of Chinese civilization for five thousand years, highlights the dawn of human civilization, and now it witnesses the glory of the Asian Games in Hangzhou, which is at the forefront of the digital economy.
At the autumnal equinox, which means harvest and reunion, Hangzhou reflects the glory of the autumnal equinox with the light of a civilization that has traveled through history.
The Hangzhou Asian Games is the largest and highest international comprehensive sports event held after my country’s epidemic prevention and control measures have been optimized and adjusted. After eight years of careful preparation, the grand opening ceremony presented a magnificent feast of oriental aesthetics.
On the screen of the earth, a piece of red silk flies over the magnificent rivers and mountains. Eight guards of honor marched with resounding steps to protect the flag. “I love you China, I love your vigorous seedlings in the spring…” the moving hymn was sung affectionately.
On September 23, the national flag of the People’s Republic of China was unveiled. Photo by Xinhua News Agency reporter Pan Yulong
Accompanied by the grand “March of the Volunteers”, the red five-star flag slowly rose.
At 20:09, a round fan shape was outlined on the ground screen, and the theme window “Plum Blossoms, Orchid, Bamboo and Chrysanthemum” opened, and athletes from different countries and regions came one after another. China opens its doors to welcome guests with genuine enthusiasm, setting the stage for the “Hangzhou Moment” when guests and friends from all over the world arrive as promised.
The grand “Ode to the Motherland” was played, and the Chinese sports delegation, including 886 athletes, finally entered the stadium. The whole place was full of joy, applause and cheers came one after the another. In this Asian Games, Chinese athletes will compete in 38 major events and 407 minor events.
From participating in the Asian Games for the first time in 1974 in Tehran, the capital of Iran, to accumulating more than 1,000 Asian Games gold medals, in the past 50 years, Chinese society as a whole has become increasingly focused on sports, supporting sports, and participating in sports.
Time flies, and the love remains the same.
From the excitement of the Beijing Asian Games to the fashionable vibrancy of the Guangzhou Asian Games, today’s Hangzhou Asian Games use cool technology to express Chinese culture and showcase China’s confident, self-reliant and energetic spirit in the new era.
The tide of Qiantang revives the Asian Games
As President Xi Jinping announced the opening of the event, the “digital fireworks” shone brightly, and the audience cheered in unison, unleashing the strongest enthusiasm for the Asian Games.
All 45 members of the Olympic Council of Asia gathered at the Asian Games. The number of athletes who took part was more than 12,000, the highest number ever in history. The competition included track and field, swimming and other Olympic sports, as well as martial arts, sepak takraw, cricket, and kerosol. Special events such as martial arts that represent the sports culture of different regions in Asia, as well as breakdancing, which became an official event of the Asian Games for the first time. Diverse, inclusive and full of youth, the Asian Games, which has a history of more than 70 years, is full of new vitality.
“I am very happy that the Asian Games can include new Olympic events.” The President of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach, who came to the opening ceremony, believes that the Hangzhou Asian Games will be successful and exciting and will promote unity and friendship in Asia.
The music played, and eight Chinese athletes and coaches entered the venue holding the flag of the Olympic Council of Asia. Accompanied by the anthem of the Olympic Council of Asia, the flag slowly rose and flew high in Hangzhou.
On 23 September, the flag of the Olympic Council of Asia was unveiled at the opening ceremony. Photo by Xinhua News Agency reporter Du Yu
As the lights dimmed, the short film on the screen attracted everyone’s attention: from Liangzhu to the modern era, the emblem “Tide” passed between the palms of different people in different eras.
“In Asia, our mountains are like high peaks; in Asia, our rivers are like streams of hot blood…” From Beijing to Guangzhou and then to Hangzhou, the three Chinese cities that have hosted the Asian Games have reflected’ r the continuous path of China’s development as time passes.
Thousands trickle into water, surge into the tide. The wonderful performance, which uses water as a connection and tide as an image, allows people to feel the integration and excitement of China, Asia, and the world in the new era in the tide.
The forward sail blends into the tide, and the leaping figure releases the force upwards and forwards. The “power and beauty” of the wave converge here. A tide is the cry of heaven and earth and the strong voice of the age. The trend-setters stand up to the wave, and with this spirit the people of China have created miracles that have impressed the world!
When the tide recedes, spectacular “tidal trees” grow on the tidal flats. Under the “irrigation” of the ebb and flow of the Qiantang River, the natural rhythm is endless. The picture of harmonious coexistence between man and nature is slowly developing, and the concept of “clear waters and green mountains are mountains of gold and silver” is touching people’s hearts.
The mascot “Jiangnan Yi” breaks out of the water and jumps up, activating the “chip panel” which symbolizes the digital empowerment of Hangzhou urban construction, and 660 CNC light source rods are lighting the “tide of science and technology”. The crowd poured onto the field, danced happily, and took part in the exciting sports carnival.
At the intersection of sport and technology, history and reality, at this unique opening ceremony, Raja Randhir Singh, Acting Chairman of the Olympic Council of Asia, said: “I believe that everyone who takes part in the 19th Asian Games will gain a memory unforgettable. in Hangzhou and Zhejiang.”
The flame of unity lights the way forward
The Great Wall, the Taj Mahal, the Merlion… On the screen, the landmarks of different Asian countries and regions together form a picture of Asia, each with its own beauty and its common beauty.
In the largest continent on earth, mountains and rivers separate us, but “we know each other no matter how far away we are, and we are still neighbors thousands of miles away.”
The fire collected from the ruins of Liangzhu Ancient City arrived at Hangzhou Olympic Sports Center Stadium at 21:53 that night after being delivered to 11 districts and cities in Zhejiang. The main torch tower “Qianjiang Tide” on one side of the venue consists of 19 columns of different shapes, symbolizing the 19 Asian Games held in different periods.
The first torchbearer Ye Shiwen entered the Asian Games holding the torch aloft, and the five torchbearers Fan Zhendong, Xu Mengtao, Shi Zhiyong, Li Lingwei, and Wang Shun ran in a relay race and have all achieving impressive results on the international sporting stage. Outside the venue, the “digital torch bearer” formed by the convergence of light and shadow appeared in the night sky of Hangzhou.
On September 23, torch bearer Ye Shiwen led the torch relay at the opening ceremony. Photo by Xinhua News Agency reporter Li Yibo
Earlier, the Hangzhou Asian Games Organizing Committee launched the “Asian Games Digital Torch Bearer” to the world, and since then the online torch relay using blockchain technology has started. In 300 days, more than 100 million people from more than 130 countries and regions around the world broke through the limitations of time and space, became “digital torchbearers” and directly participated in the Asian Games.
Under night, the “digital torch bearers” crossed the majestic Qiantang River, rushing from afar, and finally arrived above the Hangzhou Olympic Sports Center Stadium.
At 22:00, carrying the enthusiastic expectations of people across Asia and even the world, the “digital torch bearer” and the last torch bearer Wang Shun will light the Asian Games fire which symbolizes the unity of Asia, and lighting the dream of sport and happiness. , Asian Games Dream. Legend has it that the main torch uses carbon-free methanol as fuel, achieving the regeneration of waste carbon for the first time in the history of the Asian Games.
This is the main torch taken on September 23. Photo by Xinhua News Agency reporter Jiang Han
This is a grand event that unites the strength of unity——
At the Asian Games, athletes will showcase their talents. Faster, higher, stronger – more united, even if we struggle, we are partners in the same journey. Because the people of Asia know very well that as a community with a shared future where mountains and seas are connected and people are closely related, Asia must work together to overcome stormy waves and sail towards a bright future.
This is a grand event that stirs the spirit of Asia——
As time goes by, the Asian Games, which has been in its 72nd year, has become the biggest and most influential sporting event in Asia. The history of the development of the Asian Games is also a history of the hard work and progress of the Asian people, and a history of changes that have led to the self-reliance and self-reliance of the Asian people. The development of Asia is progressing, and the Asian Games is a witness, a participant and a promoter.
This is a grand event that promotes openness and integration——
The Asian Games builds a bridge of friendship and communication, allowing Asians with different languages, skin colors, and cultural backgrounds to communicate and travel together on an equal basis.
This major event is not only a platform for sporting competition, but also a link for cultural exchange. Through the collision and integration of diverse cultures, Asian people have further enhanced their friendship and continued to write new glories for Asian civilization through mutual exchange and learning.
“You and I live together in Asia, breathe together, feel the same dreams, love together and share…” In the warm melody of the theme song “Love Together”, the people of Asia once again join hands, full of dreams ‘Heart to heart, love to the future.
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