« Security measures were tightened in Hangzhou on Friday, as the city prepared to host the Asian Games, which will officially kick off on Saturday.
“The atmosphere of the Asian Games is quite strong here as there will be these Asian Games mascots. Moreover, to prepare for the Asian Games, Hangzhou looks like it has the pre-exam anxiety,” Mrs Liang said.
Both Hangzhou locals and visitors from other cities expressed their appreciation and hopes for the upcoming Asian Games.
“Yesterday, there was a group match between the Chinese men’s football team and the Myanmar men’s football team. So, I made a special trip to have a look at the match. I’ll look around Hangzhou today, and then go back home,” Mr. Shen, a visitor said.
“[I] look forward to the success of the Asian Games, so that China and the world will know better about Hangzhou,” a local, Mr Wang said.
Hangzhou is the third city in China to host the Asian Games, following Beijing in 1990 and Guangzhou in 2010. The 2026 event will be held in Japan.
Delayed a year due to COVID-19, the quadrennial games will be China’s biggest sporting event in over a decade, with more than 12,000 athletes from 45 nations competing in 40 sports. »