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Friday, November 12, 2010

Asian Games 2010 - Opening Ceremony

After six years of preparation, China's southern city of Guangzhou is finally poised to raise the curtain on the 2010 Asian Games.The Games' extravagant opening ceremony will begin Friday evening at 8:00 p.m. Beijing time with dazzling light displays and a fireworks show on Haixinsha Island.The athletes will be transported to the ceremony along the Pearl River aboard colorful and ornately decorated boats as legions of performers hail them from the riverside.
The 2010 Asian Games will see a record 9,704 athletes from 45 Asian countries and regions participate.Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, IOC president Jacques Rogge and leaders and royal family members from other Asian countries will also attend the opening ceremony.On Friday, amid the countdown to the Games' start, authorities in Guangzhou said the city was ready to play its part hosting the games.Five planes and 1,000 rockets are ready to dispel rain that might interrupt the opening ceremony. But Friday evening's forecast say weather conditions are good and the measures are unlikely to be needed.The security level of the city has been raised to its highest, with stringent security checks set in the city's subways and temporary traffic controls imposed on roads adjacent to the venue of the opening ceremony.READ MORE

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