August 6, 2008
NBA Star Yao Ming Was Among a Host of Chinese Celebrities to Carry the Olympic Flame
NBA star Yao Ming was among a host of Chinese celebrities to carry the Olympic flame as the torch relay began its final leg through the streets of Beijing today.
Thousands took to the streets to see Yang Liwei, China's first astronaut, take the flame from the Meridian Gate of the Forbidden City.
On it's first day in Beijing, the relay route takes the flame to major city landmarks including Tainanmen Square and the Temple of Heaven.
The flame will be carried by 841 torch bearers over the next three days before it arrives at the Bird's Nest Stadium for the opening ceremony on Friday night. The torch has gone across six continents and 87,000 miles.
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