XI'AN, China, Sept. 17 (Xinhua) -- 16 powered hang gliders, driving 10 powered hang gliders, started their campaigns in the 2020 Great Way Qin Zhidao Rally of Power Delta Wing, held in Jingyang county of China's northwest Shaanxi province on Thursday.
Qin Zhidao was a name given to an ancient military road which was built during the Qin Dynasty, from 221-206 BC. The road was regarded as the first "highway" in China.
The competitors will fly along the abandoned ancient road, from Jingyang county, Shaanxi province, to Batou, in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. The organizers set eight resorts in the competition which will last around 12 days.
The opening ceremony featured several aviation performances, including shows of the paragliders, model planes, autogiros and parachuting.
"We host the event in order to attract more people's attention about the sport, and what's more, we'd like to suggest the local governments around the Great Way to rejuvenate Qin Zhidao, making the way into a cultural belt which can bring local economic growth," said Wang Hongwei, general secretary of the organizing committee.
The first stage's match was cancelled on Thursday because of an air traffic control issue. On Friday, the event will continue its games in Huangling resort, Yan'an city.
"We will fly on the plain, coteau, desert and grassland in the 800-kilometer route, we will use different skills according to the landforms and the matchday weather, in order to finish the rally safe and sound," said Liu Tuanjie, a Power Delta Wing flyer from Henan province.