Jackie Chan carries the Olympic flame up the Great Wall of China
MOSCOW, 3 Feb – Famous Chinese actor Jackie Chan took part in the torch relay at the XXIV Olympic Winter Games on Thursday and carried the torch along the Great Wall of China, Beijing Daily reported.
According to the publication, the 68-year-old actor became the thirtieth torchbearer of the relay. He carried the Olympic flame along the most visited section of the Great Wall of China, Badaling.
According to Jackie Chan, becoming a torchbearer for the second time is a great honor for him. The actor took part in the torch relay at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He noted that despite the 10-degree cold on the Great Wall of China, his heart warms at the sight of the joyful faces of athletes, journalists and volunteers greeting the relay participants.
“Chinese civilization has existed for 5 thousand years, not many countries have such a long history. I hope that thanks to the Olympics we will be able to show our culture to the world, even more people will begin to understand China,” Jackie Chan told reporters.
The Olympic torch relay kicked off on Wednesday in Beijing. Her route consists of 12 main points – 11 outside the quarantine “bubble” and one in the so-called “closed loop”, where all the athletes, delegations and journalists who came from abroad are located. The route will pass through all three Olympic clusters – Beijing, Yanqing and Zhangjiakou and will last three days. On the evening of February 4, the flame will be delivered to the Beijing Olympic Park for the opening ceremony of the XXIV Winter Olympic Games.
The Olympics will be held February 4-20, the Paralympics – March 4-13.