'Reunion' announced as Guangzhou 2010 theme song
2010-October-1 Source: Newsgd.com
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"Reunion" (or Chongfeng in Chinese) was officially announced as the theme song of the 16th Asian Games during a release ceremony in Guangzhou tonight (September 30).

A ceremony is held at Guangzhou TV Station to release the theme song of the Guangzhou 2010 Asian Games.

The song has emerged as the favourite among three shortlists in an online poll co-hosted by the Ceremonies & Cultural Events Department of the Guangzhou Asian Games Organising Committee, Guangzhou TV and Dayoo.com. It has received 1,624,315 votes, followed by "Sunshine again" and "Glorious presence" with 1,586,265 and 1,504,154 votes respectively.

Sun Nan (left) and Yao Beina sing "Reunion" during the release ceremony on Thursday (September 30).

The music composer of "Reunion" is Lao Zai (Wu Liqun) and the lyrics writer is Xu Rongkai. The lyrics have been translated into English by Yang Zhenning (Chen-Ning Franklin Yang), a Chinese-American physicist and Nobel Prize winner, and his wife Weng Fan. The name "Reunion" indicates that the Asian Games is not only a sporting event but also a grand quadrennial gathering of friends from different parts of Asia.

Wang Xiaoling, Member of the Standing Committee of the Guangzhou Municipal Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and Director of the Publicity Department of the Guangzhou Municipal CPC Committee, attended the release ceremony and unveiled the winner.

Over the past three years, the solicitation campaign for Asian Games songs has received more than 1,600 entries, among which, 36 were released as selected songs for the Games. A 10-song shortlist for the theme song had been announced before "Reunion", "Sunshine again" and "Glorious presence" became the final candidates in August 2010.


Lyrics of "Reunion" (English translation by Yang Zhenning and Weng Fan)

Myriad rivers and mountains

How far apart

The Pearl River curves out her hand, pulling together

The mountains in the distance

The gathering across the sea

It’s hard to say goodbye on a verdant fair ground

Asia, where the sun has risen

Asia, where civilisations were born

Here is the most beautiful

Here is the most bright

We meet again

Regardless of black or blue eyes

Rush to reap our splendour

Raise our pride above our heads

Asia, where the sun rises

Asia, where civilisations were born

Asia is the most beautiful paradise

Beneath the shining sun

(Wang Lei)

Editor: 张莹
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