Now that the Virtual Torch Relay has made its way around the world, it is time for the real action to take place through the streets of the host city with the Nanjing 2014 Torch Relay starting today!
On this first part of the Torch Relay, 45 torchbearers carried the flame along the Ming Dynasty City Wall, one of the most historic sites in Nanjing. After the torch was lit from a cauldron by the Executive President of the Nanjing Organising Committee, Yang Weize, the torch then started its journey at the Dongshui Gate until its finish at the Jiqing Gate, taking in magnificent views of the city along the way.
© Yang Haipeng
One of the many torchbearers was London 2012 gold medallist and Super Grand Slam winner, badminton player Lin Dan. The last leg of the relay was run by Chinese fencer, Beijing 2008 gold medallist Zhong Man.
The second part of the Nanjing 2014 Torch Relay takes place on 12 August, follow its progress.