Bucks' Yi Jianlian carries Olympic torchMilwaukee Bucks forward Yi Jianlian carried the Olympic torch Sunday on the South Chinese island of Hainan.
Milwaukee Bucks forward Yi Jianlian carried the Olympic torch Sunday on the South Chinese island of Hainan.
After a controversial tour overseas, some Chinese said they were relieved the flame was safely home.
Yi was among the first of 208 people carrying the torch along palm-tree-lined roads in the sea-side resort of Sanya.
Actor Jackie Chan was the day’s final bearer and he hoped it would spread a message of peace to the world.
The Western leg of the torch tour was marked by protests over China’s policies, and its treatment of Tibet.
Some of the torch-bearers criticized the Western media’s reporting of the incidents saying they don’t understand China at all.
Organizers in Sanya promised a trouble-free tour that will wind through every Chinese province before the torch gets to Beijing for the start of the Games on Aug. 8.