Asia Games are similar in stature to the Commonwealth
Games and open to all asian countries. They are held
every four years, and in the same year as the Commonwealth
This quadrennial they are being held in the southeastern
Chinese cities of:
Guangzhou and nearby Foshan (Collectively known as
Games 2010 - Guangzhou (Canton)
The games begin in October with a torch relay
commencing in Beijing, before spending one month
carrying the flame around Guangdong Province.
The games commence on 7th November with football
only. This is a long tournament so begins before
most other events. However the games officially
begin with the opening ceremony held at 8pm China
time (GMT + 8) in Guangzhou main stadium.
13th November sees the main events start properly,
but they are staggered well so that spectators
can have ample opportunity to view their favourite
sports and travel between the many venues.
Fans of athletics will have to wait for track
and filed to begin on 21st, and similar dates
are set for wrestling, cycling and diving.
A full schedule and results service in several
languages can be found here in the Games official
website, and we give you this
link as we cannot better it.
All stadiums are brand new and purpose built for
the games, as are the athletes villages and press
facilities. A total of 55 sports will be contested
with 3, 989 medals due to be awarded.
There have been major improvements to infrastructure
with the Guangzhou metro now extended to Foshan
and running close to the Foshan venues and athletes
village. The same is true for Guangzhou itself.
In addition to this a fleet of new environmentally
friendly buses have been put into service, and
major road improvements over several years should
allow for the easy passage of visitors.
a more detailed information please see the official
|October 9, Games Communication
& Promotion Department of GAGOC organised
a venues tour, inviting media to Asian Games Town
Gymnasium for interviews. Image Courtesy of official
| The Asia Games are based
in Guangzhou and Foshan Cities, Guangdong Province,
|All Asia games venues are within
1-hour's car journey from central Guangzhou, and
most within 30 minutes by car and taxi. Signing
is international and easy to follow, being in
both Chinese and English.
International visitors will find it convenient
to fly into either Guangzhou or Hong Kong airports,
whilst Shenzhen also has a semi-international
airport for those on a budget. Foshan has a regional
airport which connects to many major cities within
Guangzhou is a very major railway destination
linking to all national and several international
cities. Foshan is connected to the Guangzhou hub
by both heavy passenger rail and the new Metro
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|For more detailed
information concerning the cities themselves; where
to stay, how to get around, and what to do at night
- please see our City Guides:
You Should Know
|We have no
intention of trying to better or copy the official information,
which is excellent!
Our work her is to provide personal back-up services
and to offer real advice. Here are a few pointers, but
please contact us directly for more personal and in
depth support for your visit
- Prices for everything you encounter in a
mainstream way will be a lot higher than normal.
Airfares are about triple normal price for this
time of year, so look closely at Hong Hong and Shenzhen
airports for comparison.
- Hotels will also be marking up their prices
considerably, so if all you need is a place to sleep
consider foregoing the ridiculously expensive luxury
of a top hotel and book a standard Chinese on (Travelodge
standard) for near to normal rates (Say - Y150 to
Y300 RMB per double room per night).
- Airport taxis will be doubling their already
horrendous charges, so catch the airport express
coach and save Y1K RMB. Better still, contact us
and we will arrange a fair price with one of many
private drivers = your own chauffeur.
- Buy games souvenirs from official outlets
inside the venues. China is always bizarre in that
the cheap copies are sold at far higher prices outside
the main stadiums and tourist attractions.
- Don't be afraid to haggle the price, but pay without
haggling if it already appears to be reasonable
to you.In general local traders will speak Cantonese
and not rip you off. Itinerant hawkers will speak
Mandarin and try for as much as they think they
- Pay taxi fares on the meter only! It is technically
illegal in China to not offer a metered fare - but
this is never enforced.
Expats are pleased to offer services to any guests
visiting this wonderful location for the games. We charge
only local rates and are able to support you with things
- Personal multi-lingual guide - available for just
the games you wish to visit, or to help you enjoy
your evenings and sightseeing also.
- Private drivers for games and social or sightseeing
use + airport transfers. Many types and sizes available
including modern SUV's and minibuses.
- We know Foshan intimately, and Guangzhou very
well. We can tailor your visit to include Religious
or Culinary specifics, and probably anything you
care to throw at us!
- Perhaps your group includes a spouse or element
that is not overly interested in the Games themselves?
We can arrange alternative sightseeing and entertainment
for children and grown-ups who want to do something
different - all at local Cantonese rates.
unbiased and helpful souls, we also remain open to helping
any athletes and sports' men or women who are experiencing
personal distress in China.
This extends to your personal welfare,
but not your politicking which we are totally uninterested
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