This latest edition of Asian Games boasts the participation of 45 countries in 42 sports over 16 days of competition (Nov 12-27).
The opening ceremony, scheduled to kick off at precisely 8.04pm on Haixinsha Island in the Pearl River, is helmed by Chen Weiya, who was also the assistant director of the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
Some 7,000 performers will take part in the curtain-raiser. At 9pm, the team parade begins. There will also be a mysterious lighting ceremony to be held at 9.42pm at sea and on land.
According to Chen, the ceremony "will surprise the world".