Source: Xinhua

08-08-2008 12:27

Special Report:   2008 Beijing Olympic Games

BEIJING, Aug. 8 (Xinhua) -- The Olympic torch started its final-hours relay on Friday morning at Zhoukoudian, an UNESCO heritage site in southwestern Beijing suburb which has yielded many archaeological discoveries.

The first torchbearer Feng Gong holds up the torch at the start of the last-day of Beijing Olympic Games torch relay in Zhoukoudian of Beijing, China, Aug. 8, 2008. The Olympic torch started its final-hours relay on Friday morning at Zhoukoudian, an UNESCO heritage site in southwestern Beijing suburb which has yielded many archaeological discoveries. (Xinhua Photo)
The first torchbearer Feng Gong holds up the 
torch at the start of the last-day of Beijing 
Olympic Games torch relay in Zhoukoudian of 
Beijing, China, Aug. 8, 2008. The Olympic torch 
started its final-hours relay on Friday morning 
at Zhoukoudian, an UNESCO heritage site in 
southwestern Beijing suburb which has yielded many
archaeological discoveries. (Xinhua Photo)

Amid loud music and cheers, the first torchbearer Feng Gong, one of the best Chinese comedian, carried the torch and start running at around 7:08 a.m.

It was the final day of a three-day relay in Beijing, about 12 hours before the Beijing Games opens. A total of 140 torchbearers would run in turn on a 7.9-km route.

Torchbearer Zhang Hongxin (R) passes the flame to the next torchbearer Qi Hong (L) during the last-day of Beijing Olympic Games torch relay in Beijing, China, Aug. 8, 2008. (Xinhua)
Torchbearer Zhang Hongxin (R) passes the flame to the next 
torchbearer Qi Hong (L) during the last-day of Beijing Olympic 
Games torch relay in Beijing, China, Aug. 8, 2008. (Xinhua)

The relay will end at about 12:15 p.m. at the No.101 Middle School of Beijing, also home to the Olympic Youth Camp.

Zhoukoudian was most famous as the site where the archaeological treasure Peking Man, one of the first specimens of Homo erectus, was discovered.


Editor:Wang Shuqin