Changing China

Giant on the move

So let the Relay begin

March 25, 2008


The moment China has been waiting for … well one of many Olympic moments. The torch relay kicked into gear on Monday, but not without a bit of drama. (The above picture is of China’s gold medallist swimmer Luo Xuejuan.)

The Chinese media lauded the event, and several pages of newspapers were devoted to lavish descriptions of the event.

torch-2.JPG ”At that moment, my heart was beating so hard!” the Beijing News quoted Quan Maoda, the father of a torch bearer from Inner Mongolia, as saying of the lighting.

Local papers also made much of the fact that the sun came out for the ceremony in Ancient Olympia, after overcast rehearsals. “A perfect start on the road to gold,” read one headline in the China Daily.

Each day we will pay attention to the torch, deeply knowing that day by day the Olympics are coming closer to us,” the Beijing News quoted Zhu Yuetao, an official in the port city of Qingdao, which will host the sailing events, as saying.



Here’s the relay route:

Mar 24    – Torch lit at Ancient Olympia, Greece
Mar 25-29 – Torch Relay in Greece
Mar 30    – Handover ceremony at Panathinaiko Stadium, Athens
Mar 31    – Beijing

April 1 – Almaty 

(When the flame arrives in Beijing, a separate torch will be lit and an attempt will be made to take it up Mount Everest [Mount Qomolangma] on a day in May that presents the best climatic conditions.)


April 2 – Almaty, 3 – Istanbul, 5 – St Petersburg (Russia), 6 – London, 7 – Paris, 9 – San Francisco, 11 – Buenos Aires, 13 – Dar es Salaam, 14 – Muscat, 16 – Islamabad, 17 – Mumbai, 19 – Bangkok, 21 – Kuala Lumpur, 22 – Jakarta, 24 – Canberra, 26 – Nagano (Japan), 27 – Seoul, 28 – Pyongyang, 29 – Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam)


May 2 – Hong Kong
May 3 – Macau
May 4-6 – HainanProvince: Sanya, Wuzhishan, Wanning, Haikou
May 7-10 – Guangdong Province: Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Huizhou, Shantou
May 11-13 – Fujian Province: Fuzhou, Quanzhou, Xiamen, Longyan
May 14-16 – Jiangxi Province: Ruijin, Jinggangshan, Nanchang
May 17-19 – Zhejiang Province: Wenzhou, Shaoxing, Hangzhou, Ningbo, Jiaxing
May 20-21 -  Shanghai
May 22-24 – Jiangsu Province: Suzhou, Nantong, Taizhou, Yangzhou, Nanjing
May 26-28 – Anhui Province: Hefei, Huainan, Wuhu, Jixi, Huangshan
May 29-31 – Hubei Province: Wuhan, Yichang, Jingzhou
Jun 1-3 – Hunan Province: Yueyang, Changsha, Shaoshan
Jun 4-6 – Guangxi Region: Guilin, Nanning, Baise
Jun 7-9 – Yunnan Province: Kunming, Lijiang, Xamgyi’nyilha (Shangri-la)
Jun 10-12 – Guizhou Province: Guiyang, Kaili, Zunyi
Jun 13-14 – Chongqing
Jun 15-18 – Sichuan Province: Guangan, Mianyang, Guanghan, Leshan, Zigong, Yibin, Chengdu
Jun 19-21 – Tibet Region: Shannan Diqu, Lhasa
Jun 22-24 – Qinghai Province: Golmud, Qinghai Hu, Xining
Jun 25-27 – Xinjiang Region: Urumqi, Kashi, Shihezi, Changji
Jun 28-30 – Gansu Province: Dunhuang, Jiayuguan, Jiuquan, Tianshu, Lanzhou
Jul 2-4 – Ningxia Region: Zhongwei, Wuzhong, Yinchuan
June 5-7 – Shaanxi Province: Yanan, Yangling, Xianyang, Xian
Jul 8-10  – Shanxi Province: Yuncheng, Pingyao, Taiyuan, Datong
Jul 11-13 – Inner Mongolia Region: Hohhot, Ordos, Baotou, Chifeng
Jul 14-16 – Heilongjiang Province: Qiqihar, Daqing, Harbin
Jul 17-19 – Jilin Province: Songyuan, Changchun, Jilin, Yanji
Jul 20-22 – Liaoning Province: Shenyang, Benxi, Liaoyang, Anshan, Dalian
Jul 23-26 – Shandong Province: Yantai, Weihai, Qingdao, Rizhao, Linyi, Qufu, Taian, Jinan
Jul 28-31 – Henan Province: Shangqiu, Kaifeng, Zhengzhou, Luoyang, Anyang
Aug 1-3 – Hebei Province: Shijiazhuang, Qinhuangdao, Tangshan
Aug 4-5 – Tianjin
Aug 6-8 – Beijing

Check out the torch relay web site for more details.

The pix from the top are of Lou Xuejuan; Greek actress Maria Nafpliotou, playing the role of the High Priestess, lights the torch held by first torchbearer Alexandros Nikolaidis, Greece’s Olympic silver medallist for taekwando; and rest of the cast at ancient Olympia. Photos by John Kolesidis and Mal Langsdon.


This says it all under the photo in the lower right of the first page:

Photo: London welcomes scared flame
2008-04-06 11:09 ney/london/photos/


This is great. This is my first time blogging on this page. I love the coverage you guys have on the olympics. Thanks to you guys now I could follow through with the relay route until the torch reaches Beijing, China.

Posted by Helena | Report as abusive

Tomorrow is going to be very interesting here in San Francisco. What do they mean they’re relaying the torch through Pyongyang? That won’t get messy.

June 19-21, torch going to Tibet. Who else thinks scaling Mount Everest is far less ambitious? I don’t see why its so important to rub it in, especially since the atmosphere will be such that there will not be proper media coverage.

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