Preparation of Guangzhou Asian Games 2010

GUANGZHOU, China (AP) - The two-week Asian Games , featuring 42 sports and more than 10,000 athletes, begin Saturday. The 16th Asian Games will be held in south China's Guangdong province, a major export hub in China, from November 12-27 and will be the biggest ever, with 45 countries and territories taking part in 42 sports.

Preparation of Guangzhou Asian Games 2010
In this photo taken Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010, ships take part in the rehearsal for the opening ceremony of the 16th Asian Games as fireworks explode over the Haixinsha Island in Guangzhou in southern China's Guangdong province. For the second time in three years, China is about to stage a spectacle of Olympic proportions. The Nov. 12-27 Asian Games will feature about 11,700 athletes competing in 42 sports, ranging from teensy Chinese gymnasts cultivated by the country's state-funded sports system to boxers from Palestine who train by punching old tires. AP / Anonymous

Preparation of Guangzhou Asian Games 2010
A security guard stands on duty on the roof top of the opera house near the venue for the upcoming opening ceremony of the Asian Games in Guangzhou, China, Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010. AP / Ng Han Guan

Preparation of Guangzhou Asian Games 2010
Participants take part in a rehearsal ahead of the Asian Games opening ceremony held in Guangzhou, China, Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010. AP / Ng Han Guan

Preparation of Guangzhou Asian Games 2010
In this photo taken Saturday, Nov. 6, 2010 participants rehearse for the opening ceremony of the Asian Games to be held in Guangzhou, China. AP /

Preparation of Guangzhou Asian Games 2010
In this photo taken Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010, residents watch fireworks explode from the Guangzhou Tower during the rehearsal of the opening ceremony of the 16th Asian Games on Haixinsha Island in Guangzhou in southern China's Guangdong province. AP / Anonymous

Preparation of Guangzhou Asian Games 2010
People and vehicles cross a bridge overlooking the opening ceremony area for the upcoming 16th Asian Games, in Guangzhou on November 10, 2010. AFP/Getty Images / Antony Dickson

Preparation of Guangzhou Asian Games 2010
In this photo taken Sunday, Oct. 31, 2010, the Guangzhou Tower and the Haixinsha island, where the Asian Games' opening and closing ceremonies will be held, are lit up in Guangzhou in southern China's Guangdong province. AP / Anonymous

Preparation of Guangzhou Asian Games 2010
The Canton tower illuminates the sky over the city during preparations for the opening ceremony for the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou on November 10, 2010. AFP/Getty Images / Mike Clarke

Preparation of Guangzhou Asian Games 2010
Boats on the Pearl River are illuminated by coloured lights as rehearsals take place for the opening ceremony for the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou, China, Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010. AP / Ng Han Guan

Preparation of Guangzhou Asian Games 2010
In this photo taken Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010 fireworks are set off during rehearsals for the opening ceremony of the Asian Games to be held in Guangzhou, China. AP /

Preparation of Guangzhou Asian Games 2010
A light show illuminates the sky and Canton tower during rehearsals for the opening ceremony of the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou on November 10, 2010. AFP/Getty Images / Peter Parks

Preparation of Guangzhou Asian Games 2010
A mask seller stands outside as Caton tower illuminates during a light show rehersal for the opening ceremony for the 16th Asian Games, in Guangzhou on November 10, 2010. AFP/Getty Images / Antony Dickson

Preparation of Guangzhou Asian Games 2010
A general view of the outside of Tianhe Stadium before the start of the Men's Football group A pool match ahead of the 16th Asian Games Guangzhou 2010 between China and Kyrgyzstan on November 10, 2010 in Guangzhou, China. Getty Images / Ronald Martinez

Preparation of Guangzhou Asian Games 2010
In this photo taken Sunday, Oct. 31, 2010, the Guangzhou Opera House is lit up near the Haixinsha island where the Asian Games' opening and closing ceremonies will be held in Guangzhou in southern China's Guangdong province. AP / Anonymous

Preparation of Guangzhou Asian Games 2010
Visitors take in the sights at the opera house near the venue for the upcoming opening ceremony of the Asian Games in Guangzhou, China, Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010. AP / Ng Han Guan

Preparation of Guangzhou Asian Games 2010
Visitors take in the sights at the opera house near the venue for the upcoming opening ceremony of the Asian Games in Guangzhou, China, Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010. AP / Ng Han Guan

Preparation of Guangzhou Asian Games 2010
Canton tower rises in the background as people wait for the start of rehearsals for the opening ceremony of the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou on November 10, 2010. AFP/Getty Images / Peter Parks

Preparation of Guangzhou Asian Games 2010
Visitors take in the sights at the opera house near the venue for the upcoming opening ceremony of the Asian Games in Guangzhou, China, Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010. AP / Ng Han Guan

Preparation of Guangzhou Asian Games 2010
Visitors take in the sights at the opera house near the venue for the upcoming opening ceremony of the Asian Games in Guangzhou, China, Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010. AP / Ng Han Guan

Preparation of Guangzhou Asian Games 2010
This photo taken Sept. 13, 2010 shows the Tianhe Sports Center in Guangzhou in southern China's Guangdong province. AP /

Preparation of Guangzhou Asian Games 2010
Chinese PLA soldiers pack up after rehearsing for a ceremony at the Aoti main stadium which will host the athletics competition at the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou on November 10, 2010. AFP/Getty Images / Peter Parks

Preparation of Guangzhou Asian Games 2010
Chinese soldiers rehearse for a ceremony at the Aoti main stadium which will host the athletics competition at the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou on November 10, 2010. AFP/Getty Images / Peter Parks

Preparation of Guangzhou Asian Games 2010
Chinese soldiers attend a rehearsal for a ceremony at the Aoti main stadium which will host the athletics competition at the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou on November 10, 2010. AFP/Getty Images / Peter Parks

Preparation of Guangzhou Asian Games 2010
A man talks on his mobile phone as he walks under flags for the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou on November 8, 2010. AFP/Getty Images / Mike Clarke

Preparation of Guangzhou Asian Games 2010
A man and a woman enjoy a private moment near the venue for the upcoming opening ceremony of the Asian Games in Guangzhou, China, Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010. AP / Ng Han Guan

Preparation of Guangzhou Asian Games 2010
A worker waters a floral feature near the venue for the opening ceremony of the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou on November 9, 2010. AFP/Getty Images / Peter Parks

Preparation of Guangzhou Asian Games 2010
A worker sweeps the street near the athletes village for the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou on November 9, 2010. AFP/Getty Images / Laurent Fievet

Preparation of Guangzhou Asian Games 2010
Pedestrians walk past the Aoti main stadium which will host the athletics competition at the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou on November 9, 2010. AFP/Getty Images / Antony Dickson

Preparation of Guangzhou Asian Games 2010
Hostesses walk past a giant whistle sculpture near the media centre for the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou on November 9, 2010. AFP/Getty Images / Laurent Fievet

Preparation of Guangzhou Asian Games 2010
A hostess jumps as she poses for a picture in front of a poster for the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou on November 9, 2010. AFP/Getty Images / Laurent Fievet

Preparation of Guangzhou Asian Games 2010
A woman sells flags near the venue of the opening ceremony for the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou on November 9, 2010. AFP/Getty Images / Peter Parks

Preparation of Guangzhou Asian Games 2010
A flag seller waits for customers near the venue for the opening ceremony of the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou on November 8, 2010. AFP/Getty Images / Peter Parks

Preparation of Guangzhou Asian Games 2010
A man adjusts a home-made Asian Games feature near the venue for the opening ceremony of the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou on November 9, 2010. AFP/Getty Images / Peter Parks

Preparation of Guangzhou Asian Games 2010
Visitors take photos of their friends in front of the mascots for 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou on November 9, 2010. AFP/Getty Images / Peter Parks

Preparation of Guangzhou Asian Games 2010
In this photo taken Saturday, Oct. 23, 2010, Chinese paramilitary policemen train to subdue protesters during drills conducted ahead of the Asian Games at a training base in Guangzhou in southern China's Guangdong province. AP / Anonymous

Preparation of Guangzhou Asian Games 2010
In this photo taken Saturday, Oct. 23, 2010, Chinese paramilitary policemen march in formation during drills conducted ahead of the Asian Games at a training base in Guangzhou in southern China's Guangdong province. AP / Anonymous

Preparation of Guangzhou Asian Games 2010
Chinese paramilitary police men on duty after a soccer match between Japan and China for the Asian Games in Guangzhou, China, Monday, Nov. 8, 2010. Japan won 3-0. AP / Ng Han Guan

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