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Old August 19th, 2010, 05:15 PM   #41
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Five types of Asiad tickets unveiled
19 August 2010
China Daily - Hong Kong Edition

Guangzhou - The Asian Games 2010 ticket center on Wednesday released five different types of anti-counterfeit tickets for the sporting extravaganza that kicks off on Nov 12.

The five varieties include commemorative tickets to the opening and closing ceremonies, tickets for registered attendees, normal spectator tickets and instantly printed tickets.

Zhang Shucang, deputy manager of Shijiazhuang Printing Co Ltd, said the anti-counterfeit technology used in the Asian Games ticket design is even more advanced than the one adopted in printing banknotes.

The front side of the tickets has five anti-fake spots, a first in sports event tickets.

The ticket center began receiving bookings on July 26. As of Aug 15, the center had received 20,000 bookings for the opening ceremonies of the Asian Games and the Asian Para Games.

Only 5,000 tickets will be issued to the general public for the opening ceremony by way of a lucky draw.

Guangzhou citizens can book the tickets, which have been designed keeping in mind Cantonese cultures and traditions, either online or at banks.

Lu Ping, a cashier at the Tianhe district branch of the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC), one of 400 ICBC branches across the country selling tickets, told China Daily that there have been more inquiries than bookings.

Since July 26, she has only sold a few dozen tickets for the opening ceremony.

Yuan Yue, director of the ticket center, reasoned: "It's because we are asking people to pay for the tickets beforehand."

He said that those who pay for the ticket but are subsequently not chosen from the lucky draw would be refunded.

As residents scramble for tickets for the Asian Games opening ceremony, the Para Games, which open on Dec 12, are not getting much attention.

According to the ticket center, more than 1,000 tickets for the Para Games opening ceremony have yet to be booked.

Wong Weiying, 25, a Guangzhou native, said she would rather see the Asian Games than the Para Games even though it is easier to obtain a ticket for the latter.

"The Para Games open too late, but I may keep my eyes on the competitions though," Wong said.

Ticket prices for the Asian Games opening ceremony range from 1,600 yuan ($235) - seven times more expensive than the cheapest tickets for the 2008 Beijing Olympics opening ceremony - to 6,800 yuan, which is 1,800 yuan more than the most expensive ticket to the Olympics ceremony.
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Old August 20th, 2010, 04:16 PM   #42
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Last Asian Games were in Doha, Qatar 2006. And it was described as the best Asian Games ever. Lets see what Guangzhou has to offer this year, it should be an easy task.
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Old August 21st, 2010, 06:48 PM   #43
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Guangzhou on a knife edge ahead of Games
21 August 2010
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People wanting to buy kitchen knives in Guangzhou could soon be required to register their identities as part of security precautions ahead of the Asian Games in November.

The city's police force says kitchen knives, big fruit knives, craft knives and files are "dangerous" and people should only be allowed to buy them from authorised vendors.

A statement on the city's Public Security Bureau website says buyers should show vendors their identity cards or certification from their employers if they want to buy knives. Vendors, who would have to apply for licences to sell knives, would be required to write down the buyer's personal information, the type and quantity of knives bought and give records to local police once a week. They would also need to inform police if buyers behaved strangely or appeared to have mental problems.

The statement said police would collect feedback from the public until Wednesday before revising the draft regulation. It said the final version would go into effect from November 1 to December 31 after it is approved by the municipal government.

To guarantee security, the top priority during the Asian Games, Guangzhou police also announced on Thursday that security checks would be conducted on all vehicles entering the city between September 1 and the end of this year.
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Old August 25th, 2010, 04:55 AM   #44
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Guangzhou Asian Games Town

Asian Games Town (instead of Asian Games Village)
A very nicely planned community. It will be good for the real estate boom in that area.



The town consists of the following villages and the main media center:

Athletes' Village
pic taken in July by Soufun.com. It will officially open on Nov 5th.

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Media Village
picture taken on July 21st by jxnews.com.cn. Will open on Oct. 30th.
seems a nice place for media staff to stay.







Main Media Center






Technical Officials' Village

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The pictures were more than one month old, sorry I can't find latest updates on the villages.

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Old August 25th, 2010, 05:16 AM   #45
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Cafe in the Main Media Center is ready!

mascots, "Le Yangyang", carved out from fruits and vegetables


nice buffet


the new Guangzhou TV tower made of chocolate, want a bite?
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Old August 25th, 2010, 05:43 AM   #46
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Licensed Products of 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games

The sale of licensed products started in November 2008. Currently there are over 2,000 licensed products available, including toys, badges and clothes etc. There will be 4,000 licensed products for sale eventually.







Badge sets




These badges even teach you how to speak Cantonese!



More products can be viewed on the official website(in Chinese):
http://www.gz2010.cn/txsp/
Here is a slide show of some products released in 2008.

Also the official website to shop for these products (in Chinese only):
http://www.gz2010eshop.com/
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Old August 25th, 2010, 05:40 PM   #47
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Volunteers

Since 2008, about 900,000 (almost one million ) people from various cities have signed up in the volunteer programs, mostly (about 70%) college students from Guangdong Province. Among them, 60,000 people are Asian Games volunteers, 25,000 are Asian Para Games volunteers, and the rest are city volunteers.

Volunteers promoting 2010 Asian Games in northeastern China:


Volunteers traveled 46 days from Guangzhou to Beijing to promote the games, ON BIKES!


Volunteers promoting green games in Guangzhou:


Foreign volunteers:


Yaping Deng (in red vest), one of the best ping-pong players ever, became No. 33 volunteer.


Volunteer ambassador Yuchun Li recording songs for Asian Games:

Hail to Spring Brother!

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Old August 25th, 2010, 08:53 PM   #48
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It's great to see how well and sophisticated this event has been organised.
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Old August 25th, 2010, 10:35 PM   #49
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oh yeah, they are indeed doing a very good job. makes me think that if China is to host Olympic Games in the future, Guangzhou (maybe the whole Pearl River Delta metro area) will be the perfect choice based on what I see during the preparation of Asian Games. Of course Shanghai might consider that too, but quite frankly Shanghai EXPO does not meet my expectation. well, too early to think about it anyway.
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Old August 29th, 2010, 01:34 AM   #50
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Guangzhou Asiad rakes in $450m sponsorship

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BEIJING: Organisers have raised more than 3.0 billion yuan ($443 million) in sponsorship for November's Asian Games in Guangzhou, offsetting almost a third of the 10 billion yuan core costs of hosting the event.

Fang Daer, the director of marketing for the organising committee of the Nov. 12-27 Games, revealed the figures in a media briefing reported in local media on Wednesday.

Although dwarfed by the 20.5 billion yuan made by the marketing campaign for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Guangzhou's revenue from its 46 corporate partners is a healthy return. The core costs of building and renovating sporting venues are just part of the huge investment in the infrastructure of the southern metropolis being undertaken ahead of the Games.

Local media is estimating the final bill could come to more than $30 billion. Fang would not comment on those estimates, the South China Morning Post reported, but said the benefits for the city would be long-lasting.

"There is expenditure on Games-related projects such as improving the infrastructure of Guangzhou city through a better transport system, and on improving air and water quality," Fang said. "But this expenditure will help provide a better living environment for the citizens of Guangzhou. "All the spending is under tight scrutiny and what it puts in place can leave a legacy for the people."
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Guangzhou Asian Games venues to be ready by September

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SINGAPORE: The 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou, China are set to be the biggest ever.

And with just three months to go, preparations are moving along quickly, with competition venues expected to be ready by September.

Games officials were in Singapore on Tuesday to give an update on the progress.

The Guangzhou Games will see more events and athletes taking part.

For the first time, women's events have been included for sports such as boxing, kabaddi and water polo.

The Games will also be the largest in scale, with 70 venues.

Ji Lei, deputy manager for the Ticketing Division of the Guangzhou Asian Games Organising Committee, said: "Most of the stadiums are located in schools. So these will be used by students. Others are located in the community and can be used by residents. The larger stadiums can be converted into spaces for concerts and exhibitions."

The Games will put Guangzhou in the international spotlight.

And with over 300,000 visitors expected at the Games, the impact on tourism will be considerable.

Officials estimate that every $1 spent will generate a multiplier effect of about $5.

About three million tickets will be available to the public, and these are mostly priced between 10 and 400 yuan, or between S$2 and S$90.

Events like table tennis and gymnastics saw a strong response during the initial phase of sales in May, but organisers say there will still be tickets available to the public when the final round of sales begins in October.

Among the 14,000 athletes and team officials are representatives from Singapore - no doubt hoping to surpass their record showing of 27 medals in Doha in 2006.

The Games will run from 12-27 November.
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Guangzhou Asian Games Town completed and transfered to GAGOC on August 31

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Kong Shaoqiong (L), chief of Guangzhou Asian Games Town leaders and athletes' village, holds the Key, symbol of the Guangzhou Asian Games Town during the ceremony for the Guangzhou Asian Games Town being complete and transfered to GAGOC (The Guangzhou Asian Games Organizing Committee) in Guangzhou, capital of south China's Guangdong Province, Aug. 31, 2010. The Asian Games Town (AGT), a complex of sports venues and accommodations, consists of more than 8,000 apartments and will accommodate over 30,000 people during the games. (Xinhua/Lu Hanxin)





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Guangzhou accessible facilities improved for Asian Para Games

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He Hui is getting on the accessible buses in Guangzhou, Sept. 2, 2010. He Hui is getting on the accessible buses in Guangzhou, Sept. 2, 2010. Guangzhou has improved its accessible facilities for the coming Asian Para Games. The accessible buses and subways, disabled accessible parks have really brought much more convenience to the disabled in Guangzhou.(Xinhua Photo/Lu Hanxin)


He Hui is on the metro disabled tractor, Sept. 2, 2010.(Xinhua Photo/Lu Hanxin)


The wheelchair accessible stage in the park (Xinhua Photo/Lu Hanxin)
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Hai Xin Sha (海心沙) Island, where openning and closing ceremonies are to be held

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BTW, the Guangzhou TV & Sightseeing Tower will have a trial run this Friday. It will officially open in October (most likely on the National Day). Will be great to watch the ceremonies from the top of that.
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Tourist info on the official website

The Tourist page (in Chinese and English) on the official website offers info about food, shopping, transportation, accommodation and sight-seeing.

http://www.gz2010.cn/special/0078002...ometoGZ09.html

And there is a map of Guangzhou in 3D as well as a metro map available on the website. You can search for the venues or metro stations.

http://www.gz2010.cn/special/0078020P/gzmap09.html

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Birdview of Asian Games venues on Aug 25th

Source: Lifeofguangzhou.com

As the Asian Games are coming soon to Guangzhou, venues in and around the city are nearly almost ready. The 53 competition venues and 19 training venues are scattered across ten districts in Guangzhou, Foshan, Dongguan, Shanwei.

Located in Huangcun, Dongpu, Tianhe District, the Guangdong Olympic Main Stadium (opened in 2001)



Located in the Asian Games Town, Panyu District, the shape of the Asian Games Town Gymnasium resembles a flowing curve.



Located in Nansha District, the Nansha Gymnasium



Located in University Town, Panyu District, the Guangda Gymnasium (Guangda literally means University of Guangzhou, the venue opened in 2007)



Located in Asian Games Town, Panyu District, the Guangzhou Asian Games Town Media Centre



Located on Lingnan Avenue, Foshan, the Foshan Century Lotus Sports Centre (opened in 2005)



Located in University Town, Panyu District, the Huashi Gymnasium (Huashi literally means Normal University of Southern China, the venue opened in 2007)



(Shanna Chu and David Keyton, Photos by Guangzhou Daily)
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The sale of licensed products started in November 2008. Currently there are over 2,000 licensed products available, including toys, badges and clothes etc. There will be 4,000 licensed products for sale eventually.







Badge sets




These badges even teach you how to speak Cantonese!



More products can be viewed on the official website(in Chinese):
http://www.gz2010.cn/txsp/
Here is a slide show of some products released in 2008.

Also the official website to shop for these products (in Chinese only):
http://www.gz2010eshop.com/
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