The 16th Asian Games, Guangzhou
Date: November 12~27, 2010
Host City: Guangzhou, China
Co-host Cities: Shanwei, Dongguan, Foshan
Vision: Thrilling Guangzhou Harmonious Asia
There will be more than 2,000,000 tickets sold publicly all over the world. The tickets have five types, including the tickets for the Opening Ceremony, the Closing Ceremony, accredited personnel, ordinary spectators and thermal tickets.
Sports and Schedule
42 competitions will be hold during 16 days of the 16th Asian Games, among which there are 28 Olympic sports and 14 non-Olympic sports. Several debutant sports are added as unique to the Games, including Cricket, Dancesport, Dragon Boat, Weiqi and Roller sport.
Venues and Transportation
There are totally 70 venues for the Games, including 53 competition venues and 17 training venues. Altogether these venues, 12 venues are newly built while the others are renovated. Guangdong Olympic Sports Center is regarded as the main venues, while Asian Games Town is specially built for the 16th Asian Games. Dongguan, Foshan, Shanwei will also co-operate with Guangzhou to run the sailing, boxing, weightlifting and synchronized swimming
Emblem: The emblem design of the Games is inspired by a time-honored legend about the city. Long ago, this region of Guangzhou suffered from a horrible famine, but the local people could do nothing. So, they prayed to the heavens sincerely. At this moment, five immortals wearing colorful coats and riding on rams descended from the heaven to this region. They gave ears of rice to the people and blessed the region from famine for ever. Finally, the immortals returned to sky, but left the five rams which turn into stone. The people sowed the ears of rice in the earth and got a bumper harvest every year. Thereupon, the city is also well-known as the City of Rams and the City of Ears. Currently, people could find a Statue of Five Rams in the Yuexiu Park, Guangzhou, which has been one of the city's landmarks.
The emblem's shape just imitates the contour of the Five Rams Statue, which is also a contour of the Asian Games torch. The soft, vibrant and elegant design is a combination of the concrete and the abstract. It combines the soul of the city and the Asian Games perfectly.
Mascots: Le Yangyang is the name of the 16th Asian Games Mascots. It is also the leader's name of these five sporty and cute rams. The other four rams are called A Xiang, A He, A Ru and A Yi, all of which make up of a good Chinese wish to Asian people—Xiang He Ru Yi Le Yang Yang. It means Peace, Harmony and Great Happiness, with everything going as you wish.
Le Yanyang—A handsome and confident ram. Its color is from the yellow ring of the five Olympic Rings. Yellow is also the color of the ears of rice, namely Guangzhou City.
A Xiang—A sincere and brave ram. Its color is from the blue ring of the five Olympic Rings. Blue also refers to the Pearl River running across the city, representing the mild, kind and comprehensive local citizens.
A He—An artless, modest, serenity and convinced ram. Its color is from the black ring of the five Olympic Rings, representing the time-honored Lingnan Culture of this region.
A Ru—A beautiful, fashionable, smart and ardent ram. Its color is from the red ring of the five Olympic Rings, which is also the city flower—red kapok.
A Yi—A cute, lively and outgoing ram. Its color is from the green ring of the five Olympic Rings. This is the color of the lush White Cloud Mountain in the city.
1. You'd better book hotels in advance, otherwise you may not find a suitable hotel on arrival there during the Asian Games.
2. You'd better bring your valid ID card to avoid some trouble during that time.
3. You can inquire at 020-1258088 for more information concerning Mobile-phone tickets sales outlets, ticketing policy, competition schedules as well as venues. It will provide English service at the competition time.
4. The taxi fare will be about CNY200 for about 56km from Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport to the Asian Games Town. While it will be about CNY160 from the Railway Station to the Town by taxi.
Asian Games Tour Deals:
City Sightseeing: 3 Days to Dr. Sun Yatsen's Memorial Hall, Five-Ram Statue in Yuexiu Park, Temple of Six Banyan Trees, Qingping Market and Shamian Island