Ren Fei, the first torchbearer of the Taiyuan section of the torch relay for the 2nd National Youth Games, sets off from the Binhe Sports Center in Taiyuan, Shanxi province, July 30. [Photo/Shanxi Daily] 

Taiyuan began its torch relay for the 2nd National Youth Games on July 30, following torch relays in 10 cities across Shanxi province from May 4 to July 27.

The relay will pass through six local districts, four counties, and the Shanxi Transformation and Comprehensive Reform Demonstration Zone. It ended at the Shanxi Sports Center, where the flame cauldron of the games will finally be lit. 

A total of 556 torchbearers are taking part in the torch relay, which runs until Aug 6. 

As the major venue for the 2nd National Youth Games, Taiyuan is hosting 22 sports programs and will organize the opening and closing ceremonies, which will be held in Shanxi province from Aug 8 to 18.