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Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games torch relay in Shenzhen, south China!

             

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Torchbearer Liu Hong raises the torch 

 


during the starting ceremony of the 

Beijing 2008 Paralympic torch relay 

in Shenzhen, south China’s 

Guangdong Province, 

China, Aug. 30, 2008. 

(Xinhua/Yang Guang  CHINAVIEW)     




SHENZHEN, South China, Aug. 30 (Xinhua) —      

Paralympic torch relay took place in Shenzhen, 

one of the five Special Economic Zones 

in China, on Saturday.

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The opening ceremony started at 

8:00 a.m. local time on the top 

of Lotus Mountain, 

where the bronze statuary of 

Deng Xiaoping, the late Chinese leader, 

is located.

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 Against a stunning skyline, 

70 torchbearers ran in the city relay 

which was started at the mountain 

top by Liu Hong, 

2006 Asian Games race 

walk champion.

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 Then the relay moved into a 

theme park named 

“Splendid China-Folk Village”. 

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Song Zhuoping, 53, 

who is with Guangdong Disabled 

Persons’ Federation, 

ran in the third leg and passed 

the torch to Liang Zuoyi, 50, 

who also has a disability and had 

been teaching himself for years 

before getting a diploma from 

Sun Yat-Sen University.

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The last torchbearer was Shen Jianping, 

a photographer who has only one arm. 

He lit the cauldron at 9:40 a.m. 

to end the relay.

The Paralympic torch relay 

was carried out along two routes, 

namely the route of “modern China” 

and the route of “ancient China”.

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“Modern” route covers Shenzhen, Wuhan, 

Shanghai, Qingdao, Dalian and Beijing, 

the “ancient” has Xi’an, Hohhot, Changsha, 

Nanjing and Luoyang.

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