Marching Forward Hand in Hand
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.