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Beijing 2008 Olympic Torch Relay

(i) General Information

With the theme of "Journey of Harmony", the Olympic flame will be carried through 19 cities on the five continents in the world as well as 115 cities, autonomous regions and municipalities directly under the Central Government of the People's Republic of China, (including Hong Kong and Macau) and reach the summit of the World - Mt. Qomolangma. The Olympic flame will finally arrive at the Opening Ceremony of the Beijing Olympic Games and light the main cauldron of the Games on 8 August 2008. The Beijing Olympic Torch Relay with the participation of over 20 000 torchbearers will last 130 days and the total length of the relay route will be 137 000 km. It is anticipated as the one that covers the longest distance and the widest geographical expanses and involves the largest number of participants in the history of the modern Olympic Movement. For more details, please browse the website: http://torchrelay.beijing2008.cn.

(ii) Theme, Slogan, Logo and Torch
Theme: Journey of Harmony

The theme of the Beijing Olympic Torch Relay is "Journey of Harmony". "Harmony", as manifested in the Torch Relay, closely corresponds with the Olympic ideal of placing "sport at the service of harmonious development of man, with a view to promoting a peaceful society concerned with the preservation of human dignity". It not only reflects the traditional Chinese philosophy in pursuit of a balance between man's body and soul, among people and between man and nature, but also expresses the concepts of building a harmonious society and a harmonious world in Modern China. It embodies the three core concepts of the Beijing Olympic Games, namely the Green Olympics, the High-tech Olympics and the People's Olympics, and epitomises the profound meaning of the slogan of the Beijing Olympic Games, "One World One Dream".

Slogan: Light the Passion Share the Dream

The two verbs in the slogan, "Light" and "Share", are highly expressive of the features of the Torch Relay. The slogan itself embodies the Olympic spirit, the concepts of the Beijing Olympic Games, and corresponds with the slogan of the Games, "One World One Dream". It underlines the consistency of the messages conveyed to the world through the Beijing Olympic Games. The slogan is short but inspiring and easy to articulate.


The Logo of the Beijing
Olympic Torch Relay

The Logo of the Beijing Olympic Torch Relay owes much of its inspiration to the Chinese traditional idea of "Fire Phoenix". It presents the image of two runners holding aloft the Olympic flame in the shape of a phoenix. As the ancient Chinese legend goes, phoenix is the King of Birds, and is a symbol of good fortune, eternity, nobility and happiness. The use of a phoenix image as the Torch Relay logo conveys to the people both in China and across the world the good wishes that the Beijing Olympic Games intent to send through the Torch Relay.


Beijing 2008 Olympic Torch

The design of the Olympic torch draws much of its inspiration from "Lucky Clouds", symbolising "growing from the same source and living in harmony". The idea of Lucky Clouds dates back to over a thousand years ago in China and is one of China's representative cultural symbols. The shape of the torch owes its inspiration to a traditional Chinese paper scroll. Paper, one of the four great inventions of China, was taken to the West through the Silk Road. Thanks to the invention of paper, the communication between human civilisations was made easier. The application of "Qihong red", a special shade of red which was first used on lacquer ware in China's Han Dynasty, distinguishes the Beijing Olympic torch from all the previous ones, with a contrast between the red and silver colours that produces a striking visual effect. The even division between the upper and lower portions of the torch and the pattern of Lucky Clouds combined with the relief-like 3-D effect work together to add to the torch a look of elegance, splendour as well as a feeling of rich cultural tradition.

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