An 8.8-km torch relay showcased the historical attractions of Jiaxing in east China's Zhejiang Province, marking the third leg of its campaign for the 19th Asian Games on September 10.
A total of 170 torchbearers participated in the relay, which began in the morning at Zicheng Heritage Park. Established in 231 AD, Zicheng served as Jiaxing's political, economic, cultural, and military center for many years.
The torch, named "Eternal Flame," passed through the city's renowned sites, including Shizihui Ferry, Red Boat on the Southern Lake, and the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal.
As a city rich in history and culture, Jiaxing utilized the torch relay as a platform to showcase its vibrant urban landscape. The lively performances of its citizens along the route were broadcasted through online live-streaming, further promoting the city's image.
Wang Yilyu, China's badminton mixed doubles champion at the Tokyo Olympics, was the first torchbearer in Jiaxing. "After receiving the torch, I couldn't calm down for a long time," he said. Wang hopes for more opportunities to contribute to the development of sports in the future.
On Teachers' Day in China on Sunday, the relay concluded with teacher Zhang Xiaoping, also principal of Jiaxing Experimental Primary School. "As an educator, what I hold in my hand is not only a torch but also hope and expectation," she remarked. "Especially on Teachers' Day, I see a tremendous atmosphere here that values culture, ethics, and education," she added.
On September 11, the torch relay will proceed to Shaoxing city in the province. The Hangzhou Asian Games, set to raise the curtain on September 23, is anticipated to be the largest edition ever, with some 12,500 athletes from 45 countries and regions participating.