Nov 12,2010 - Performers set sail during the opening ceremony of the 16th Asian Games on Haixinsha Island along the Pearl River in Guangzhou city.
Fireworks, dancing and pageantry were all in evidence tonight as Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao officially opened the Asian Games at the Haixinsha Island in Guangzhou.
Women in wide hats carry red lanterns during the opening celebrations. The colourful celebrations are taking place along the Pearl River in tribute to the southern Chinese region's seafaring heritage.
Japanese athletes stand on a boat floating down the Pearl River. The event featured more than 6,000 performers in a ship-like stadium with a stage covered in water, that was specially built for the opening night on the tiny Haixinsha island, just off the mainland.
Entertainers dressed in red and carrying drums circle a gold structure. In keeping with the nautical theme, athletes arrived at the venue after a cruise down the river in 45 boats decorated with LED lights.
The scale of the celebrations is clear to see here with performers waiting to greet the 'ship';Dancers draped in green lights create a spooky, underwater feel;A firework display lights up the sky above the Pearl River;Be-frocked dancers surround a maypole structure during the extravaganza;Jet ski riders zip through the surf, caught in an other-worldly pink glow;Athletes from North Korea cheer on as the celebrations unfold;The Iranian team march as cheerleaders rattle tambourines