03 Jun 2010 - Guangzhou, China: The flame for the 16th Asian Games will be lit at the Temple of Heaven in Beijing on October 9, according to the official website of the Guangzhou Asian Games 2010. After the lighting ceremony in the Chinese capital, the flame will travel south to Guangdong Province, where 2,010 torch bearers will carry the flame on a journey from October 12-November 11 throughout the 21 major cities of Guangdong Province. The opening ceremony is on November 12 and the Games run until November 27.
The 21 cities are Zhongshan, Zhuhai, Dongguan, Shenzhen, Huizhou, Shanwei, Shantou, Jieyang, Chaozhou, Meizhou, Heyuan, Shaoguan, Qingyuan, Zhaoqing, Yunfu, Maoming, Zhanjiang, Yangjiang, Jiangmen, Foshan and Guangzhou.
Each of the 21 cities will set up an organising committee which will be in charge of the overall administration, torch bearer selection and management, Torch Relay route and schedule, celebrations, convoy, security, transportation, news coverage, weather forecast, medical service and logistics during the Torch Relay.
On June 1, a coordination meeting for the Torch Relay was held in Guangzhou and hosted by Gu Shiyang, Deputy Secretary General of the Guangzhou Asian Games Organising Committee (GAGOC) and Guangzhou Municipality.
Xu Ruisheng, Executive Deputy Secretary General of GAGOC and Vice Mayor of Guangzhou Municipality, presented overall preparations of the upcoming Games, while He Jiqing, Director of GAGOC Ceremonies & Cultural Events Department, provided the latest updates on the Torch Relay.
Also in attendance was Li Ronggen, Leader of the Guangzhou Asian Games & Asian Para Games Torch Relay Coordination Group and Shenzhen 2011 Summer Universiade Torch Relay Coordination Group, and Vice Governor of Guangdong Province. Mr Li addressed the event and hailed GAGOC's preparations for the Torch Relay of the 16th Asian Games.