About the Games – Hangzhou 19th Asian Games
The 19th Asian Games will be held in Hangzhou, China from 23 September to 8 October 2023. This is China’s third time hosting the Asian Games, with the first in Beijing, 1990 and the second in Guangzhou, 2010. There are 40 sports including swimming, archery, athletics, badminton etc., and 61 disciplines. During 15 competition days, athletes will compete for a total of 481 gold medals.
||23 September to 8 October 2023
||Hangzhou, Ningbo, Wenzhou, Huzhou, Shaoxing and Jinhua
||40 sports / 61 disciplines
||Olympic Council of Asia
||Hangzhou Asian Games Organising Committee (HAGOC)
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Emblem - Tides
The Emblem of the Hangzhou 19th Asian Games is designed based on the “Surging Tides”, a symbol of Hangzhou. The main motif of the Emblem comprises six elements, namely Chinese fan, Qiantang River, tidal bore, running track, Internet icon and the glowing red sun as the Emblem of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA).
The fan shape reflects the cultural heritage unique to the regions south of the Yangtze River; the track represents competition in sports; the Internet icon embodies the strength of Hangzhou’s Internet industry; and the sun stands for the Emblem of OCA. The Qiantang River and its tidal bore are the core elements of the Emblem, they not only depict the picturesque nature of Hangzhou, but also induce the association with human courage in riding the tides. On the Asian level, the Emblem pays tribute to the unity of the Asian NOC Family, as seen marching forward hand in hand.
The mascots of the Hangzhou 19th Asian Games are a group of robots representing the host city’s profound heritage and contemporary vibrancy. The combination - Memories of Jiangnan - derives its name from a poem by BAI Juyi. This great poet of the Tang Dynasty wrote, "When I recall Jiangnan, Hangzhou brings back most of my memories." The name itself speaks volumes about Hangzhou's heritage, scenic splendor and drive for innovation.
The three mascots are named Congcong, Chenchen and Lianlian, representing the Archaeological Ruins of Liangzhu City, the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal and the West Lake respectively. They act as envoys of the Olympic spirit, peace and friendship. Together, they are calling out to Asia and the world, inviting everyone to meet in Hangzhou for the Hangzhou 19th Asian Games.
The torch of the Hangzhou 19th Asian Games is named the "Eternal Flame". The design was inspired by the Liangzhu Culture, which is a testament to the 5000-year-old Chinese civilization.
The torch base is embossed with eight water veins, symbolizing the evolution of civilisation and representing the eight major river systems in Zhejiang. The design of the torch body is based on the evolution of dermatoglyphic fingerprint patterns specific to the Liangzhu Culture. The torch head is designed from Jade Cong, one of the ritual jades in Liangzhu Culture. Not only does it pay tribute to and represent the inheritance of Chinese culture, but it also showcases the real ancient, modern and future China in a visualized way. The torch also demonstrates the unity in diversity of athletes involved in the Asian Games, with good wishes to build a community with shared future for mankind.
The torch is 730 millimetres in height and weighs 1 200 grams, with the grip made of recycled raw materials, making it eco-friendly and light. The fuel is heated with biomass gas, which is safe, clean and reliable.