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Published: 11:49, October 20, 2021 | Updated: 17:19, October 20, 2021
Beijing welcomes Olympic flame, unveils torch relay plan
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Published:11:49, October 20, 2021 Updated:17:19, October 20, 2021 By Reuters

Cai Qi, secretary of the Beijing Municipal Committee of the Communist Party of China and president of the Beijing 2022 Organizing Committee (BOCOG), lights the cauldron during the welcoming ceremony for the flame of Olympic Winter Games at the Olympic Tower in Beijing, capital of China, Oct 20, 2021. (PHOTO BY WEI XIAOHAO / CHINADAILY.COM.CN)

BEIJING - The Olympic flame, ignited for the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Ancient Olympia in western Greece, arrived in Beijing on Wednesday morning.

A welcoming ceremony was held at the Olympic Tower, an iconic landmark from the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. The ignition and handover process of the Olympic flame in Greece was reviewed at the ceremony before Cai Qi, secretary of the CPC Beijing Municipal Committee and president of the Beijing 2022 Organizing Committee (BOCOG), took over the flame and lit the cauldron.

Zhang Jiandong, vice-mayor of Beijing and executive vice-president of the Beijing 2022 Organizing Committee (BOCOG), delivers a speech during the welcoming ceremony for the flame of Olympic Winter Games at the Olympic Tower in Beijing, capital of China, Oct 20, 2021. (PHOTO / XINHUA)

From Feb 2 to 4, 2022, an offline torch relay featuring 1,200 torchbearers will be held in the three competition zones of Beijing, Yanqing and Zhangjiakou

Zhang Jiandong, vice-mayor of Beijing and executive vice-president of BOCOG, said ensuring the health and safety of all participants is the top priority as the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games approach.

A series of torch relay activities, including an Olympic flame display, is scheduled with the slogan "Health, Joy and Energy."

In accordance with the concept of delivering "a streamlined, safe and splendid Games," the scale of the torch relay will be reduced to ensure the health and safety of the public.

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This photo taken on Oct 20, 2021 shows the cauldron during the welcoming ceremony for the flame of Olympic Winter Games at the Olympic Tower in Beijing, capital of China. (PHOTO / XINHUA)

According to the BOCOG, the Olympic flame will be initially displayed at the Olympic Tower in Beijing, and will then tour China, aiming to spread the Olympic spirit and engage more people to participate in ice and snow sports.

From Feb 2 to 4, 2022, an offline torch relay featuring 1,200 torchbearers will be held in the three competition zones of Beijing, Yanqing and Zhangjiakou.

Special representative and vice-president of Beijing 2022 Yu Zaiqing (left) holds up a lantern containing the Olympic flame as he walks out of the cabin at the Beijing Capital International Airport on Oct 20, 2021. The Olympic flame, ignited for the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Ancient Olympia in western Greece, arrived in Beijing on Wednesday morning. (PHOTO / XINHUA)

The online torch relay will feature virtual reality, WeChat mini programs and other promotional programs to attract more people to join in.

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The Beijing 2022 Olympic flame lantern, torch relay symbol and torchbearer uniform made their public debuts during the ceremony, all of which were designed with inspiration from traditional Chinese culture.

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