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The Olympic flame continues its journey, and has arrived Istanbul,the biggest city of Turkey today.

The Olympic flame continues its journey, and has arrived Istanbul,the biggest city of Turkey today.

The Olympic flame continues its journey, and has arrived 
Istanbul,the biggest city of Turkey today.

The starting point of the 17.8-km relay in Istanbul will be the city's signature Sultan Ahmet Square, where TMOK President Togay Bayatli will light the torch. A total of 78 Turkish athletes, artists, and members of the media, along with two Chinese diplomats, will carry the torch through the city.

They will make their way northwards on the seaside road along the Bosporus Strait. Then a passenger boat will carry the torch across the Strait to the Asian part of the city. After this, torch bearers will run over the Bosporus Bridge. After returning to the European part of Istanbul, the torch will head for Taksim Square, for the lighting of a ceremonial cauldron.

Jiang Xiaoyu (L), the executive vice president of the Beijing Organizing Committee for the 2008 Olympic Games (BOCOG), shows the lantern which holds the Olympic flame with Ergun Gungor, vice governor of Istanbul province at the airport in Istanbul, Turkey, April 3, 2008.

(CCTV April 3, 2008)

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