Chinese President Hu Jintao declared the start of the Beijing Olympic torch relay at Tian´anmen Square on Monday morning.
A grand ceremony has just been held at Tian´anmen Square in Beijing, to welcome the arrival of the Olympic flame from Greece. It signifies the launch of the international and domestic torch relay.
The plane bearing the Olympic flame touched down at Beijing Airport Monday morning. The flame will not remain long in the Chinese capital. After an overnight stay, the symbol of the Olympic spirit will begin its long "Journey of Harmony" around the globe.
Crowds enjoy gala performances in Tian´anmen Square as they await the arrival of the Olympic Flame.
Tian´anmen Square is decorated for the Olympic torch-welcoming ceremony that is to be held Monday monrning.
Zhou Yongkang and Liu Qi hold the lantern with the Olympic flame at the Beijing Capital International Airport in Beijing.
The plane carrying the Beijing Olympic flame touches downs at the Beijing Capital International Airport, in Beijing.