Although there are two years to go, Hangzhou, as the host city of the 19th Asian Games, has eagerly set out to dress up the city with Asian Games elements.
Today, the urban landscape of Hangzhou is interspersed with the Asian Games scenery. The urban public transport is decorated in Asian Games style. ’19th Asian Games’ has been painted on the bodies of subway trains and tourist buses. In Hangzhou’s famous Wulin Square, stand the very first Asian Games countdown clock and the mascots ‘Memories of Jiangnan’.
The mascot combination derives its name from a poem by Bai Juyi (AD 772 – 846), a great poet of the Tang Dynasty, “When I recall Jiangnan, Hangzhou brings back most of my memories.”
The verse is so popular that it has been known by every household in the country. For more than a thousand years, the poet’s remarkable memories of Hangzhou have been an important legacy of the city’s history and culture and have always so powerfully touched people, mingled with their good impressions of today’s Hangzhou. ‘Heart to heart, @future’, the slogan of Hangzhou Asian Games, echoes the past while heralding the future in the new millennium.
With a history of 2200 years, Hangzhou has always been one of the most beautiful cities in China and is known as ‘paradise on the earth’. With more than 10 million residents, the city is one of the most populous cities in China. Hangzhou hopes to make the Asian Games a great success, ensuring every athlete and tourist a most beautiful experience here, which will, in turn, become part of the cherished legacy of the city.