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The Beijing Olympic torch is about 72 centimeters (28.3 inches) long and weighs 985 grams (2.17 pounds). It holds its flame for approximately 15 minutes. The torch is made of recycled materials and uses environmentally friendly fuels - exemplifying the Olympics focus on being 'green'. The design of the torch was inspired by cloud formations, which are a long-standing symbol of luck in Chinese culture. The bright red and shiny silver colors used in the torch make its elegant design stand out even more.

On October 24, 2007, Beijing Olympic Committee announced the timetable of 2008 Olympic torch relay. According to the timetable, the torch relay will begin in Olympia on March 24th under the theme 'Journey of Harmony'. Shortly after the race begins, the torch will be passed in Athens, the Olympic city of 2004. The torch will return to the Beijing Olympic Committee in Athens on March 30th.

The torch will be relayed in 21 cities of five continents outside of China under its motto, 'Light the Passion, Share the Dream'. The international relay will begin on April 1st and continue until May 3rd. From May 4th onwards, the torch will march in 113 domestic cities and regions, including Mount Everest, the world's highest peak. Finally, it will arrive in Beijing on August 6, and will be lit in the opening ceremony of the 2008 Olympics on August 8th. The 2008 Beijing Olympic Torch will cover a total distance of around 137,000 kilometers (85,128 miles) on its 130-day relay, which will stand as the longest route with the most torchbearers covering the widest range in Olympic history.

 Timetable of Beijing 2008 Olympic Torch Relay
 
Date
Place
Date
Place
Date
Place
Mar.24
Olympia
May 20-21
Shanghai
June 30
Gansu Province
Lanzhou
Mar.24-29
Greece
May 22
Jiangsu Province
Suzhou
July 2
Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region
Zhongwei
Mar.30
Handover Ceremony
May 22
Nantong
July 3
Wuzhong
Mar.31
Arrival in Beijing
May 23
Taizhou
July 4
Yinchuan
Apr.1
Leaving for Almaty
May 23
Yangzhou
July 5
Shaanxi Province
Yan’an
Apr.2
Almaty
May 24
Nanjing
July 6
Yangling
Apr.3
Istanbul
May 26
Anhui Province
Hefei
July 6
Xianyang
Apr.5
St. Petersburg
May 27
Huainan
July 7
Xian
Apr.6
London
May 27
Wuhu
July 8
Shanxi Province
Yuncheng
Apr.7
Paris
May 28
Jixi
July 8
Pingyao
Apr.9
San Francisco
May 28
Huangshan
July 9
Taiyuan
Apr.11
Buenos Aires
May 29
Hubei Province
Wuhan
July 10
Datong
Apr.13
Dar-es-Salaam
May 30
Yichang
July 11
Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region
Hohhot
Apr.14
Muscat
May 31
Jingzhou
July 12
Ordos
Apr.16
Islamabad
June 1
Hunan Province
Yueyang
July 12
Baotou
Apr.17
Bombay
June 2
Changsha
July 13
Chifeng
Apr.19
Bangkok
June 3
Shaoshan
July 14
Heilongjiang Province
Qiqihar
Apr.21
Kuala Lumpur
June 4
Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region
Guilin
July 15
Daqing
Apr.22
Jakarta
June 5
Nanning
July 16
Harbin
Apr.24
Canberra
June 6
Baise
July 17
Jilin Province
Songyuan
Apr.26
Nagano
June 7
Yunnan Province
Kunming
July 17
Changchun
Apr.27
Seoul
June 8
Lijiang
July 18
Jilin
Apr.28
Pyongyang
June 9
Shangri-La
July 19
Yanji
Apr.29
Ho Chi Minh City
June 10
Guizhou Province
Guiyang
July 20
Liaoning Province
Shenyang
May 2
Hong Kong
June 11
Kaili
July 21
Benxi
June 12
Zunyi
July 21
Liaoyang
May 3
Macau
June 13-14
Chongqing
July 21
Anshan
May 4
Hainan Province
Sanya
June 15
Sichuan Province
Guang’an
July 22
Dalian
May 5
Wuzhishan
June 15
Mianyang
July 23
Shandong Province
Yantai
May 5
Wanning
June 16
Guanghan
July 23
Weihai
May 6
Haikou
June 16
Leshan
July 24
Qingdao
May 7
Guangdong Province
Guangzhou
June 17
Zigong
July 24
Rizhao
May 8
Shenzhen
June 17
Yibin
July 25
Linyi
May 9
Huizhou
June 18
Chengdu
July 25
Qufu
May 10
Shantou
June 19
Tibet Autonomous Region
Shannan Area
July 25
Tai’an
May 11
Fujian  Province
Fuzhou
June 20-21
Lhasa 
July 26
Jinan
May 12
Quanzhou
June 22
Qinghai Autonomous Region
Golmud
July 28
Henan Province
Shangqiu
May 12
Xiamen
June 23
Qinghai Lake
July 28
Kaifeng
May 13
Longyan
June 24
Xining
July 29
Zhengzhou
May 14
Jiangxi Province
Ruijin
June 25
Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region
Urumqi
June 30
Luoyang
May 15
Jinggangshan
June 26
Kashgar
June 31
Anyang
May 16
Nanchang
June 27
Shihezi
Aug.1
Hebei Province
Shijiazhuang
May 17
Zhejiang Province
Wenzhou
June 27
Changji
Aug.2
Qinhuangdao
May 17
Shaoxing
June 28
Gansu Province
Dunhuang
Aug.3
Tangshan
May 18
Hangzhou
June 28
Jiayuguan
Aug.4-5
Tianjin
May 18
Ningbo
June 29
Jiuquan
Aug.6-8
Beijing
May 18
Jiaxing
June 30
Tianshui
 
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Very very very nice

Reply8/14/2008 4:15:00 AMEvelyn R. Relampagos,   Philippines