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Olympic Torch Relay in Leshan
    2008-08-04 10:03:14     CRIENGLISH.com

Tan Guoqiang, headmaster of Yingxiu Elementary School in hard quake-hit Wenchuan County, lights the cauldron on Monday morning, August 4, 2008, putting an end to the torch relay in Leshan, the second leg in Sichuan Province. [Photo: beijing2008.cn]

The Beijing Olympic torch relay concluded its tour in Leshan on Monday morning, the second leg in the quake-hit Sichuan Province.

The torch will take a display tour at Mianyang and Guanghan this afternoon.

Two-time Olympic champion diver Gao Min ran the first leg as the relay set out at 7:30 a.m. from Mingshanting Square, the threshold for tourists scaling the Emei Mountain, a world natural heritage.

A hundred and eighty five torch bearers relayed the flame along the 8.5-kilometer route, which finished in about one and a half hours.

Leshan, located in southwestern Sichuan, covers 12,800 square kilometers and has a population of about 3.5 million. It's also home to 33 ethnic groups.

Aside from natural resorts, the city is also famous for its rich cultural heritage. The Leshan Giant Buddha, a 70-meter sculpture carved into a cliff, is the biggest attraction.

The torch relay in Sichuan commenced Sunday in Guang An, the birthplace of late Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping, and will conclude Tuesday in the provincial capital, Chengdu.



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