Beijing Olympic torch relay concludes
HONG KONG, May 2 (Xinhua) -- The Beijing Olympic
torch relay in Hong Kong concluded at 16:56 local time on Friday
as Wong Kam Po, a world champion cyclist, lit the cauldron at
the Golden Bauhinia Square on the southern coast of the Victorian
As Wong, also the last torch bearer, ran into Golden Bauhinia
Square, he was greeted by hundreds of people waving red flags
and chanting support for Beijing Olympics.
"The torch relay in Hong Kong has successfully completed,
but the Olympic spirit of friendship, peace and harmony will pass
on forever," said Timothy Tsun-Ting Fok, president of Sports
Federation & Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, said at the closing
"We expect a successful Beijing Olympic Games and a good
performance of Chinese athletes including those from Hong Kong,"
said Fok, also the second from last torchbearer.
The 20th leg of the Beijing Olympic torch relay started from
the Hong Kong Cultural Center on the northern coast the Victorian
Harbor at 10:28 am local time on Friday.
The passion during the first relay in Chinese territory was drastically
lit up. Cheers could be heard all through the city as large crowds
lined the route despite spells of drizzle. Flags, banners, placards
of good-will were far and near.
One hundred and twenty torchbearers covered a 26-km route, passing
by such landmarks as Tsing Ma Bridge, Sha Tin racecourse and the
Avenue of Stars before the torch was ferried across the Victoria
Harbor onto the Hong Kong Island.
Among the 120 torchbearers, there are top athletes, celebrities,
officials, business tycoons, students and teachers.
Horses, dragon boats and a sightseeing ship were used to carry
the Olympic flame during the torch relay