March­ing For­ward Hand in Hand

Beijing (English) - - EDITOR’S NOTE - Trans­lated by Wang Hui­hui, pol­ished by Roberta Raine)

On May 18, Beijing will host the 41st In­ter­na­tional Mu­seum Day. To en­cour­age peo­ple to visit mu­se­ums, learn about his­tory and look for­ward to the fu­ture, many of Beijing’s mu­se­ums have launched var­ied ac­tiv­i­ties. These metic­u­lously planned and largescale ex­hi­bi­tions have at­tracted the at­ten­tion of many res­i­dents and vis­i­tors.

Es­pe­cially note­wor­thy is the “An­cient Life of Beijing, Tian­jin and He­bei” ex­hi­bi­tion, which has been on at the Cap­i­tal Mu­seum since the be­gin­ning of this year. On open­ing day, vis­i­tors streamed into the ex­hi­bi­tion halls to learn about the close con­nec­tion of Beijing, Tian­jin and He­bei, their sim­i­lar nat­u­ral scenery and cul­ture, the har­mony be­tween the peo­ple of these three places, and their ideals about life.

In fact, the peo­ple of Beijing, Tian­jin and He­bei have long ac­knowl­edged their com­mon his­tory and roots, taken pos­i­tive ac­tions to­ward the co­or­di­nated de­vel­op­ment of the three places, and pay spe­cial at­ten­tion to news about their joint de­vel­op­ment ev­ery day.

On May 4, the China (Lang­fang) In­ter­na­tional Eco­nomic & Trade Fair 2017 was held in Beijing. At a press con­fer­ence at the fair, it was an­nounced that a ma­jor project, called the Beijing–tian­jin–he­bei Big Data In­no­va­tion and Ap­pli­ca­tion Cen­tre, lo­cated in the Runze In­ter­na­tional In­for­ma­tion Port of Lang­fang, has been com­pleted. With a con­struc­tion area of 330,000 square me­tres and a to­tal in­vest­ment of 1.5 bil­lion yuan, the Cen­tre started op­er­at­ing dur­ing the fair. The project in­cludes five core func­tional ar­eas: an ex­pe­ri­ence cen­tre, a re­search and de­vel­op­ment cen­tre, an in­no­va­tion and en­trepreneur­ship cen­tre, an ap­pli­ca­tion cen­tre and a per­cep­tion cen­tre. It will grad­u­ally build an in­dus­trial sys­tem with big data as the core, to pro­mote the con­struc­tion and de­vel­op­ment of the Beijing–tian­jin–he­bei Big Data Com­pre­hen­sive Pi­lot Area. The Cen­tre will cover the whole in­dus­try chain, from big data tech­nol­ogy gen­er­a­tion, ex­plo­ration, test­ing, and de­vel­op­ment, to fi­nal ap­pli­ca­tion. In this way, it will in­te­grate the big data in­dus­try’s re­sources, tech­nolo­gies and ap­pli­ca­tion pro­grammes; cul­ti­vate in­no­va­tive de­vel­op­ment of the big data in­dus­try; and build the most com­pet­i­tive sup­port­ing plat­form for the ap­pli­ca­tion and ser­vices of big data in the re­gion.

Aside from shar­ing cul­tural re­sources and tak­ing part in in­no­va­tive sci­en­tific and tech­no­log­i­cal col­lab­o­ra­tion, trans­porta­tion be­tween the three places has also be­come more con­ve­nient. On May 1, 2017, the Beijing Rail­way Ad­min­is­tra­tion launched the “Dis­count Card for the Beijing–tian­jin In­ter-city High-speed Rail­way.” Af­ter pass­ing a se­cu­rity check, card hold­ers can get a num­ber from self-ser­vice ma­chines and swipe their cards to board trains with­out show­ing their iden­tity doc­u­ments, cre­at­ing more con­ve­nient in­ter-city rail­way travel. By 6 p.m. on May 1, a to­tal of 660 dis­count cards had been sold. Later, the Beijing In­fra­struc­ture In­vest­ment Co., Ltd. an­nounced that the Beijing–tian­jin–he­bei com­mu­ni­ca­tion card trans­for­ma­tion project pro­posal, part of the sec­ond phase of the rail tran­sit au­to­matic fare col­lec­tion sys­tem, had been ap­proved by the Beijing Mu­nic­i­pal Commission of De­vel­op­ment and Re­form.

Fo­cus­ing on their co­or­di­nated de­vel­op­ment, Beijing, Tian­jin and He­bei have pro­posed sev­eral key tasks this year, in­clud­ing mov­ing certain non-es­sen­tial func­tions out of the cap­i­tal, achiev­ing in­te­grated trans­port, treat­ing air pol­lu­tion, and re­lo­cat­ing in­dus­tries, in the hopes of mak­ing new breakthroughs in var­ied fields. From the ini­tial con­cept to the con­crete steps be­ing taken to­day, the co­or­di­nated de­vel­op­ment strat­egy of the Beijing–tian­jin–he­bei re­gion is re­shap­ing ev­ery as­pect of life, from in­dus­trial econ­omy to cul­ture. The peo­ple in these three places are march­ing for­ward hand in hand to make all of this a re­al­ity.

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