Indeed, the weather could be the biggest threat to three month journey across China ahead of opening ceremony for the Beijing Games, with meteorologists expecting rain in the coming days.
 
Troubled Torch

March 24 - Human rights protesters breach security to try to disrupt the torch-lighting ceremony in Olympia, Greece

 

March 30 - Tibet activists try to stop flame entering Athens stadium for handover to Chinese officials

 

April 6 - Thousands of pro-Tibet protesters line relay route through London, scuffles break out with police and 35 are arrested

 

April 7 – Flame extinguished at least twice during Paris relay, forcing the torch-carrier onto a bus to escape protesters

 

April 9 - San Francisco abruptly changes torch route fearing clashes between pro-Tibet protesters and pro-China counter-protesters

 

April 17New Delhi deploys 15,000 police and security guards during radically shortened relay through Indian capital. Dozens of Tibetan exiles arrested

 

April 19 – 2,000 police protect Bangkok relay as crowd of about 200 China supporters taunt scores of pro-Tibet demonstrators

Nevertheless, organisers and police in Sanya said that security measures were being taken for the torch's arrival but refused to give details.

Media access to the torch's arrival was limited to three Chinese outlets.

"Even if no police were here, we would protect the torch with our bodies!" an 18-year-old vendor selling Chinese flags near the stage where the torch was to be lit Sunday morning said.

Basketball star Yi Jianlian and actor Jackie Chan were to be among the 208 people carrying the torch.
 
In Macau on Saturday, pro-China supporters waved flags and chanted "Go, go Beijing".

Columns of paramilitary police in sportswear jogged beside the torch bearers.