SHENYANG, China, Sept. 12 (Xinhua) -- The 12th Chinese National Games lowered curtain on Thursday afternoon with the principle of frugality passed on to organizers of future Chinese sports events.
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang officially declared the Games close in a low-budget closing ceremony held in the gymnasium at the Olympic Sports Center complex.
Team Shandong beat hosts Liaoning to top the final medal tally with 65 gold medals, breaking a 20-year tradition that hosts had been winning.
Liaoning was second with 56 golds with Guangdong in third place with 50.5.
With 78 percent of the budget slashed to keep it to a maximum of 800 million yuan (about 130 million U.S. dollars), the Games featured a smooth running and high-level competitions which saw five Asian records, 14 national record and one national youth record renewed.
Next National Games will be held in the north Chinese city of Tianjin.