BEIJING, June 20, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- The flame of the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games was lit Thursday in the ancient city of Liangzhu in east China's Zhejiang province, marking the 100-day countdown to the opening of the 19th Asian Games.
Nineteen white-clad flame catchers climbed the steps before one of them lit a torch with the sun's rays using a concave mirror. 19 means the XIX Asian Games. The outline of the mirror, designed as a Jade Bi, symbolizes the rays of the sun.
Liangzhu, which means beautiful water oasis in Chinese, is located in the Yuhang district of Hangzhou. The Liangzhu Archaeological Ruins in Hangzhou was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List on July 9, 2019, during the 43rd session of the World Heritage Committee, as it provides profound and compelling evidence that Chinese civilization began long ago. 5,000 years, which also marks that the 5,000 years of Chinese civilization it represents has been widely recognized in the international community.
Gathering firewood here means that the light of Liangzhu civilization breaks through time and space, igniting the fire of the Asian Games in the new era, symbolizing the inherited and continued spirit of sports.
The fire collecting device is designed in the shape of Jade Bi, and the placement table of the fire box is in the shape of Jade Cong, a long, hollow, rectangular jade. Jade Bi and Jade Cong are important representative jade ritual objects of the Liangzhu civilization. They are the oldest model of the cosmology of Chinese civilization and an important cultural marker of the long history and depth of Chinese civilization.
It is also worth mentioning that the design idea of the Hangzhou Asian Games torch also comes from the jade congregation of Liangzhu culture, which implies the beautiful symbolism of connecting the past and future of the Hangzhou Asian Games.
The Liangzhu civilization, which flourished for 1,000 years, has made an outstanding contribution to the formation of Chinese civilization and provided a richer interpretation of the history of Chinese civilization in its pluralistic and integrated development.
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