Hangzhou’s Heart Beats For 2022 Asian Games: A Blend of Culture, Technology, and Sportsmanship
Hangzhou, the capital city of China’s Zhejiang Province, is gearing up to host the 2022 Asian Games, a prestigious event that will test the mettle of athletes from across the Asian continent. The city, renowned for its historical significance and modern technological advancements, has adopted the slogan ‘Heart to Heart, @Future’, signifying its commitment to fostering unity and embracing the future through this grand sporting event.
Embracing the New, Cherishing the Old
Hangzhou is a city that effortlessly blends the old with the new. It is rich in historical sites, such as the West Lake and the Grand Canal, both of which are UNESCO Heritage Sites. The city also holds a significant place in China’s silk production history, and is famous for its Longjing tea. This cultural heritage is set to provide a vivid backdrop to the fierce competition of the Asian Games.
On the other hand, Hangzhou is also a city that has embraced the future. It is home to Alibaba Group, the multinational conglomerate specializing in e-commerce, technology, and entertainment. Alibaba has played a pivotal role in transforming Hangzhou into a ‘cashless city’, where transactions are predominantly conducted through the Alipay app. This blend of tradition and technology is mirrored in the 2022 Asian Games, which, for the first time, will include esports and breaking in its roster of events.
Hangzhou’s preparations for the Asian Games are in full swing. The Hangzhou Olympic Center Stadium, affectionately known as the ‘Big Lotus’, will be the main venue for the games. The city will also require the support of more than 52,000 volunteers to ensure the smooth running of the event.
In a show of corporate support, Hangzhou has partnered with ten prestigious companies, including Alibaba Group, to help organize the games. These partnerships will provide the necessary infrastructure and financial support to make the event a success.
As the city prepares for the games, it has enlisted the help of ‘dream ambassadors’ to promote the event and inspire potential participants. Among these ambassadors is Guo Jingjing, a four-time Olympic diving gold medalist. With her impressive track record, Guo Jingjing embodies the spirit of excellence and competitiveness that the Asian Games seeks to promote.
A Stage for Unity and Progress
The 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou are much more than just a sporting event. They represent a stage where cultural heritage meets technological innovation, and where friendly competition fosters unity and progress. The city of Hangzhou, with its unique blend of the old and the new, is the perfect host for this celebration of Asian unity and sportsmanship.
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