Hangzhou, China, April 28, 2021: Hangzhou 2022 marked another major milestone on Wednesday, April 28 with the 500-day countdown to the opening ceremony of the 19th Asian Games.
The organising committee reported that the first batch of countdown clocks in various locations were lit up to promote the Asian Games and build excitement for the local people. The locations of the countdown clocks are at the City Balcony of the Qianjiang New City, Hubin Pedestrian Street and the Canal Culture Square.
“Can't wait for all the excitement,” said organising committee HAGOC, as the promo campaign featured one of the three robot mascots symbolically clearing a hurdle in the race to the finish line.
With the 19th Asian Games due to run from September 10-25, 2022 in Hangzhou, capital of Zhejiang province in eastern China, HAGOC is planning a series of celebrations in September 2021 to mark the one-year countdown to the opening ceremony.
These include music concerts and cultural performances as well as an arts activity and merchandise market.
Earlier this month, HAGOC opened a couple of key venues – the Big Lotus main stadium in Hangzhou Olympic Park and the new aquatics centre – to a group of foreign residents in Hangzhou to gain their impression of the new stadiums.
It was the first time that the two venues had been opened to the public and HAGOC produced a short video to mark the occasion.
The organising committee also announced last week that they would begin a six-month global recruitment campaign in May to find 52,000 volunteers, with registration open until the end of October.