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Farewell songs, rousing goodbyes

Updated:2010-11-28 10:52:34 Source: China Daily

Like most of 20-year-old students, Li Huan loves Karaoke. But he never realised he would sing for more than six hours in a day in seven languages, and be doing it for two months - until recently.

Performers at the Closing Ceremony of the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou wave farewell in a successful celebration of sports and the sporting spirit. (Carlos Barria/Reuters)

There is plenty of color and culture, pomp and pagaentry during the final moments of the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou. (Liu Jin/AFP)

The OCA flag is passed to Ahn Sang-soo, Mayor of Incheon, the Korean city that will hold the next Asian Games. (Liu Dawei/Xinhua News Agency)

That's how the freshman, and another 1,499 singers of the super-scale chorus, prepared for the Closing Ceremony of the Guangzhou Asian Games.

In the two-hour performance, which was named Please leave your songs behind, they sang eight folk songs from different Asian countries - all in the original languages - and danced in traditional costumes.

The chorus performed the local ballad Moonlight, Mengeny from India, Sakura from Japan, My Excellent Lover from Kazakhstan, Stars from Indonesia, Pleasant Journey from Lebanon before singing Triumphant Return in Chinese.

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