Today, tennis player Wu Yixiang held the Asian Games torch "Flame", ran to the "Big Lotus" West Square and lit the tinder pot. As the Tinder Guard welcomed back the Tinder, the Hangzhou Asian Games Torch Relay came to an end.

Born in 1999, Wu Yixiang is from Hangzhou and is the first ATP Tour champion in Chinese mainland.

On September 9, Luo Xuejuan, the first torchbearer and swimming Olympic champion of the torch relay, started from West Lake Yongjin Park. As a native of Hangzhou, she also grew up with the city.

Thirty-three years ago, on September 33, 1990, the handover ceremony of the torch relay for the Beijing Asian Games was held in Wulin Square in Hangzhou. Because Wulin Square was surrounded by water, the torch handover ceremony had to be postponed for 9 minutes. The torchbearers crossed Yan'an Road, Jiefang Road, Hubin Road, ran to West Lake, and finally crossed the Qiantang River Bridge. This torch relay route just confirms the growth trajectory of the city of Hangzhou. Over the past 4 years, Hangzhou has experienced changes in urban development space, patterns and humanistic temperament, moving from the elegant "West Lake Era" to the surging "Qiantang River Era".

After making a kick with the previous torchbearer, 31-year-old courier brother Peng Qinglin held the torch and ran onto the Xixing Bridge. On June 6, Peng Qinglin sent a courier to pass by here and jumped into the Qiantang River to rescue the woman who fell into the water. After rescuing people, he was hospitalized for a compression fracture of the thoracic spine caused by falling into water from a height. He was awarded the title of "Hangzhou Good Man" and was also credited with second-class merit by the Hangzhou Municipal People's Government. After recovering, he signed up to become a city volunteer for the Hangzhou Asian Games. On September 13, Teachers' Day, he returned to his hometown and injected the previously donated money into the newly established "Peng Qinglin Love Charity Center", providing a total of 9,10 yuan in scholarships for 24 poor students in his hometown.

Also because of his righteous and courageous deeds, "Knife Blocking Girl" Cui translated as the third torchbearer of the torch relay Ningbo Station. In 2019, she faced a knife-wielding gangster and blocked 8 knives for a classmate she didn't know well. At the end of 2020, Cui Yiwen was named "the most beautiful college student in the country". In November 2021, Cui Yiwen, along with other national moral models, was cordially met by General Secretary Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. That time, she met more wonderful people. "In them, I see that life can become thicker. If the honor of 'the most beautiful college student in the country' brought me back on the right path, then the national moral model made me clear about my goals and the way forward." In 11, Cui Yiwen graduated from university. When she saw the postponement of the Asian Games and the news of the volunteers again, she did not hesitate to sign up. Through training and assessment, she became a volunteer "Xiaoqinghe" at the Asian Fan Center in Ningbo Xiangshan Division.

How many Asian Games torchbearers can there be in a student club? In the "Little Green Cow Reunion" group of only 127 members, there are 20 torchbearers - this is probably the largest group of torchbearers besides the torchbearers. The "Qingniu Award" is a group of young people who start businesses in rural areas carefully cultivated by the Zhejiang Provincial Committee of the Communist Youth League, and each has a wonderful life story behind it.

Among them, Ma Gongzuo from Lishui Mountain District led more than 20 young people to go deep into the mountains to collect honey, and promoted the native honey from his hometown to the whole country through the Internet, driving the villagers to become rich together. After bringing the torch home, his parents held it and couldn't keep their mouths shut.

Huzhou's "little green cow" Yao Yujiao inherited the intangible cultural heritage skill - lake pen making. On the day of the torch relay, she put on a specially customized lake pen hairpin, hoping to display the intangible cultural heritage to the world through the torch relay.

In the Wenzhou torch relay event, Zhang Wen, the mascot designer of the Hangzhou Asian Games, appeared in the third base. "This is the third time China has hosted the Asian Games, and now 1990 years have passed since the 33 Asian Games in Beijing, and the Asian Games mascots are also three small ones." Zhang Wen said he felt honored and very proud to participate in the torch relay in his hometown.

The dragon boat competition of the Hangzhou Asian Games will be held in Wenzhou, and Zhang Wen has watched adults row dragon boats near his home since he was a child. When designing the sports styling of the Hangzhou Asian Games mascot dragon boat, he chose the picture of the "three little ones" going hand in hand and racing together, which is also the only shape in which all the "three little ones" appear in the 61 mascot sports shapes. "It's a gift for the Asian Games and my hometown." Zhang Wen said.

Wang Ruixiang from Guangdong has participated in the Asian Games as a "torchbearer" for the fifth time after the 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games, the 2011 Shenzhen Universiade, the 2018 Jakarta Asian Games and the 2023 Chengdu Universiade. He and his team have long served in the Olympic Council of Asia, empowering creativity and technology to help many world-class events. For Wang Ruixiang, this participation in the torch relay represents the strength of Chinese brands, and it also highlights the cultural confidence and responsibility of major countries.

The Hangzhou Asian Games torch relay created a number of "firsts". For example, for the first time collecting fire on the spot, from the Liangzhu site, which has verified the history of 5,000 years of Chinese civilization, the fire of the Asian Games was ignited; The torch, named "Flame", draws inspiration from jade and adopts a "square barrel body" for the first time, highlighting the Chinese romance of square and round, rigid and soft.

In addition to the traditional offline relay, the Hangzhou Asian Organizing Committee launched the "Asian Games Digital Torchbearer" for the first time to the world, and everyone can become a torchbearer in the digital world by participating in Asian Games public welfare, national fitness, green Asian Games and other activities. As of September 9, the number of participants in the "Asian Games Digital Torchbearer" event has exceeded 15 million. Three days later, six torchbearers will run into the Hangzhou Big Lotus, and the last torchbearer and hundreds of millions of digital torchbearers will light the cauldron of the 1th Asian Games in Hangzhou.

Hangzhou, 9 September --

China Youth Daily / China Youth Net reporter Jiang Yutong Trainee reporter Jia Jiye Source: China Youth Daily