« The 19th Hangzhou Asian Games, delayed by a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, commenced on a remarkable note with an eco-friendly opening ceremony. The ceremony unfolded on Saturday as scheduled at the lotus-shaped Hangzhou Olympic Sports Centre Stadium.
The opening ceremony dazzled with its environmentally conscious program, replacing traditional fireworks with laser shows and augmented reality technology. The event reached its pinnacle with the historic digital lighting of the torch, as seen in the footage.
According to local media, notable highlights of the show included breathtaking projections that showcased Hangzhou’s past and present, captivating glass-free 3D animations of athletic action, and an innovative torch-lighting ceremony featuring a virtual torchbearer.
Carrying the slogan « Heart to Heart, @Future, » the event Games will run until October 8, spanning six Chinese cities, including Hangzhou, the capital of Zhejiang Province, and hosting over 12,000 athletes from a record 45 countries vying for 481 gold medals across 40 sports. »