Olympic flame travels tour resort Huangshan
www.chinaview.cn 2008-05-30 23:37:53   Print

    By sportswriter Zhang Rongfeng

    HUANGSHAN, Central China, May 30 (Xinhua) -- The Olympic flame traveled in China's top tour resort Huangshan at its last-day torch in Anhui province on Friday.

    Chinese snooker player Ding Junhui started the torch relay at 9:10 a.m. in purpose-built "Lucky Cloud" Square located at the foot of East Hill in Jixi County, initiating the last-day Olympic flame journey.

    Prior to the relay, the provincial and local officials donated at the open-up stage for the earthquake reconstruction and all the people present practiced silence tribute to the quake death.

    A total of 80 torchbearers carried the Olympic torch in the 4.4-km relay before moving to Huangshan city, a tour resort in Anhui, for another 120 bearers passing the torch.

    Ding, 21, former UK championship winner, said, "I got fizzed up when I heard the news of being picked up as a torchbearer. It's so exalting to run in the first place."

    "I will go to matches at the end of August, but I would prefer to stay at home to watch the competitions through the Olympic Games," said Ding. "I really hope to play in the Olympic Games. I have been in love with the Olympics since I was a kid, but snooker is not included in the Olympics."

    Postman Zhang Yudong was the second bearer, who has been delivering mails, parcels and running errands over the past fourteen years in hilly zone. Zhang needs to walk eight kilometers in order to meet the demand from villagers.

    Zhang's persistence and commitment to his job won him the recognition of local residents and the honor to run in torch relay.

    "Carrying the torch is the same as carrying mails, passing a message of dedication and cares," said Zhang.

    "Sichuan is far away from my home, but if the quake region needs me, I am willing to serve there. I keep close eyes on the disaster relief and my heart is linked to the earthquake rescue and reconstruction," added Zhang.

    The relay in Huangshan set off at 2 p.m. local time and ended at 4:35 p.m. with 20-year-old taekwondo player Wu Jing lit the cauldron.

    "Olympics, go ahead, China, go ahead and Beijing, go ahead," said Wu, a national champion in women's 55kg and a member of national team. Another top athlete Li Ya, 20, a world champion winner in women's team, also ran a leg in the afternoon relay.

    Huangshan, one of the most famous mountain peaks in China, is a popular tourist attraction. In 1990, Huangshan was listed as a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO.

    After Friday's relay, the flame is heading for Wuhan, the capital city of Hubei province.

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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