22时09分，国务院总理温家宝宣布: 第十六届亚洲运动会开幕! 顿时，璀璨的焰火绽放在夜空中，激昂的旋律响彻全场，欢呼声经久不息。
The opening ceremony of the 16th Asian Games on was held on the evening of November 12th. State Council Prime Minister Wen Jiabao attended the opening ceremony and announced the beginning of the games. By this event, Asia is breaking out of the shadow of the international financial crisis, sparing no effort in moving on and starting a new journey!
Following the 11th Asian Games, held in Beijing on 1990, the games are returning to China after 20 years. By this event, China is also continuing and hosting a another big comprehensive sport games again, after the 2008 Olympic Games, held in Beijing. President of the Olympic Council of Asia, Ahmed Al-Fahad Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah, president of the International Olympic Committee Luo Ge and and another distinguished guests from all over the continent attended the opening ceremony.
19:58, while the lively musical composition sounds were played, Wen Jiabao, Ahmed Al-Fahad Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah and others important guests from China and foreign nations walked on the platform, waving and greeting the spectators. 20:06, the military band played the national anthem of the People's Republic of China, while the gaily-colored five-starred red flag rose slowly. The spectators on the site sang in strong voices, the loud and clear national anthem reverberated in the open air.
With 'water' as the theme of the large scale artistic performances, the formal beginning was the "Start a Journey" show. First stage shows were "The Water of Earth" and "The Boats of the Oceans", mid stage shows included "A Sail of White Clouds" and last stage was "Invitation of the Flower City" , these three chapters explained and interpreted the deep meaning water has in the culture of Guangdong and Guangxi.
21:13, the march in of the athletes began. Delegations from the 45 countries and regions, which are members of the Asian Games committee, entered the stadium one after the other. In the next 15 days, more than 9700 athletes from everywhere in Asia will participate in 42 big events and 476 smaller competitions (preliminary stages). China's sport delegation if formed of 1454 members, among which 977 athletes are taking part in competitions, making it the biggest number in the history of China in the Asian Games, as well as the biggest delegation in these games.
22:09, State Council Prime Minister Wen Jiabao announced: 'The 16th Asian Games have begin!' Bright fireworks blossomed in the open air at once. An exciting music melody reverberated through the whole audience and the sound of cheers prolonged for a long while.
 亚洲运动会 yàzhōu yùndònghuì - The Asian Games, an Asian multi-sport event, held almost every 4 yrs since 1951. The 16th Asian Games are currently held in Guangzhou, China.
 国务院总理 guówùyuàn zǒnglǐ- The Prime Minister of the State Council, a title which means the Prime Minister of China.
 亚奥 yà ào - Short for 亚洲奥林匹克 (yàzhōu àolínpǐkè), 'Asian Olympic Games', the Asian Games.
 艾哈迈德ài hā mài dé - Ahmed Al-Fahad Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah, A Kuwaiti minister and president of the Olympic Council of Asia.
 罗格 luō gé - Jacques Rogge, president of the International Olympic Committee.
 中华人民共和国 zhōnghuá rénmín gònghéguó - 'The People's Republic of China'.
 五星红旗 wǔxīng hóngqí - 'The five-star red flag', the Chinese flag.
 岭南 lǐng nán - 'South of the ridges', an area south of 'the five mountain ridges', peaks which are located on the borders of Guangdong and Guangxi and of Jiangxi and Hunan. This term refers mainly to Guangdong and Guangxi provinces, but some could also mention Hainan and regions of Jiangxi and Hunan when saying '岭南'.