Huairou Home for Conventions and Ecology
Huairou is a naturally enriched landscape. The Yanshan Mountains extend like an unfolding scroll painting; the Great Wall winds like a dragon in motion; the Mutianyu Section of the Great Wall forms a strategic pass; Hongluo Temple is a renowned place of interest in northern Beijing; the Water Park at Yanqi Lake has large stretches of water. It has since won the reputation of being a “back garden of the capital” with its picturesque landscape.
An historical and quaint town north of Beijing, Huairou has become a bright pearl in the eastern development belt of the capital, serving the capital's core functions and improving its capability in innovation. As the capital's ecological conservation development zone, Huairou is seeking to become a green and liveable demonstration zone, with its “beautiful Huairou” brand image bursting with new vigour.
With Huairou coming into global focus, its title “International Convention Capital” was known to the rest of the world for being the host venue of the 2014 APEC Economic Leaders' Week; host of the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation continued of its path in attracting visitors from around the globe. Yanqi Lake is under a new spotlight, from where Chinese ideals, voices and plans are spread worldwide. After the 2014 APEC Economic Leaders' Week, as the capital's new zone for international exchange, Huairou is constructing itself into a host venue for high- end economic and political conferences and has become a window for China to seek negotiations and share its achievements with the world. It has become an important district to serve foreign exchanges and the capital's new image.
Writing a Chapter of Green Innovation
Urban planning and positioning are the basis for urban development. In Beijing's overall development layout, Huairou is positioned as an ecological conservation development zone. In recent years, with concentration of high-end industrial elements such as innovation in science and technology, film and television culture and leisure conventions, Huairou fully established a “1+3” development model and built up a liveable demonstration zone.
People's impression that Huairou is “a pearl in suburb Beijing” and “the back garden of the capital” is gradually and quietly changing. While highlighting the “golden brand” of ecological conservation, Huairou District keeps unleashing new momentum in its developments. It serves the capital's core functions and improves its green innovation capability. With 2,122.8 square kilometres of beautiful mountains and rivers, this district writes a glorious chapter of green innovation and development with each passing day.
As an ecological district, a new science city, China's Film and Television Capital and the International Convention Capital, Huairou's beautiful mountains and rivers welcome guests from everywhere.
Green Guide for an Ecological Civilisation
In the spring of 2017, the biggest milk cow breeding farm near the Huairou Reservoir was vacated in two days. Though excrement and sewage collection facilities were built, Huairou District still put this breeding farm on the vacation list in this year's “Vacation and Rectification for Improvement” campaign with potential for fully protecting drinking water sources and further improving the area's ecology.
According to villagers, the breeding farmland is collectively owned by Honglin Village, and over 2 hectares of vacated land will be used for greening and conserving water. Apart from the area around the Huairou Reservoir, the district banned breeding in protected drinking water source areas, scenic resorts, nature reserves' core zones and buffer zones, and populated urban residential areas. As of the end of March, a total of 41 breeding farms in these areas had been successfully vacated.
Dykes have been abolished, disorderly heaps have been cleared, and personnel have been assigned to inspect river courses. Today, along the main course of the Huaisha River more than 20 kilometres long from Nanye Village, Bohai Town in the upper reaches to the place where the river flows into the Huairou Reservoir, various embankments and dams built without authorisation have all been cleared. According to an official in charge of the Landscape and Forestry Bureau of Huairou District, an ecological passage will hopefully be built between the Huaisha and Yanqi rivers, and different species of trees will be planted to expand green areas. Wetland with a total area of more than 118 hectares will also be restored and protected along the Huaijiu River.
While concentrating efforts on accelerating ecological recovery of important water systems and ecological improvement of river basins, Huairou District is going all out to follow the highest standards and strictest requirements in key areas including reduction of burning coal, car and oil control, pollution control, emission reduction and dust removal. As of the end of April, the district had carried out rectification of 336 polluting enterprises and 2,013 drinking water boilers and large stoves.
Developing forestry is an important measure for building an ecological civilisation. Blowing sand source control in Beijing and Tianjin, forestation on the plains, middle-aged forest and young forest cultivation, vacating land for leaving marginal spaces and greening. All these are important measures for ecological development. According to statistics, Huairou District's total forest land area and forest area have reached 183,000
hectares and 120,000 hectares respectively. By planting more trees and protecting them, Huairou District has made the land, mountains and rivers green and people's living environment more splendid.
With clean water and lush mountains as invaluable assets, Huairou District always takes improvement of the ecological environment as a top priority by implementing strict ecological and environmental protection rules and supervision measures to ensure its environment as “the back garden of the capital.” In November 2016, Huairou was selected as the first “Chinese photography town” in Beijing. Huairou has since become Beijing people's ideal destination for leisure, with consumption per person exceeding 400 yuan, with increased dividends of the ecological environment.
Focusing on Three Industrial Functional Areas Driven by Innovation
Taking innovation as the core of the district's overall development and focusing on building three industrial functional areas of Huairou Science City, Huairou Film & Television Industry Park, Beijing, China (HRFT) and International Convention Capital, Huairou District has established its status in the layout of the capital's development and opened new space.
The high energy synchrotron source will be built into an internationally advanced platform for high energy synchrotron experiments; the materials genome platform will be built into China's first and the world's largest materials genome research platform. Huairou Science City, focusing on science and technology infrastructure construction and internationally advanced interdisciplinary frontier research platforms in five sciences of substance, material, environmental science, life and space, is endowed with a “cutting-edge” core – building a world-class high ground for original innovation.
In 2017, building the Huairou Science City as one city among the “Three Cities and One District” that are top priorities in Beijing's development gained more traction. More than 40 annual key tasks on the work record have been fully launched; progress has been made in the “two apparatuses and five platforms” project on which construction will begin this year; development of apparatuses and equipment for experiments under extreme comprehensive conditions has begun. By accelerating construction of a large cluster of scientific apparatuses and supporting functional blocks, the Huairou Science City is making efforts to cultivate first-class original innovation capabilities and promotions. Meanwhile, Huairou actively promotes systems innovation and mechanisms to serve development and improve its system of services for innovation to reinvigorate institutions, talents, projects and funds in Huairou and to stimulate the economy.
The Huairou Film & Television Industry Park, Beijing, China also brought more momentum in development and effective branding. In May 2014, the Huairou Film & Television Industry Park, Beijing, China was officially established upon the approval of the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television. In April 2015, the opening and closing ceremonies of the Fifth Beijing International Film Festival were held in Huairou. In April 2016, Bona Film Group announced that the headquarters base project would be built in Huairou. In June
2016, the red carpet and award ceremonies of the 16th Chinese Huabiao Film Awards were held in Huairou. In December 2016, the ground-breaking ceremony for Beijing Film Academy's new campus in Huairou was held.
By the end of 2016, the Huairou Film & Television Industry Park, Beijing, China completed a cumulative investment of six billion yuan and attracted the settlement of 400 film, television and other relevant companies, such as Bona, Huayi, and Hairun. Now, a Producers Headquarter Base is being built within the 5.6-square-kilometre core area of the park, which will provide a movie studio covering 200,000 square metres, providing custom services for enterprises. The Huairou Campus of Beijing Film Academy is also under construction.
The park has hosted crews to produce 2,400 films and TV series, and half of the Chinese blockbusters whose box office totals exceeded 100 million yuan were produced in Huairou. Its reputation and influence as “China's Film and Television Capital” has been enhanced. In 2016, the district's cultural and creative enterprise's annual income reached over 10 billion yuan, representing an annual average growth of 50 percent. A new cluster of film and television industries has formed in the district.
Pooling Strength to Serve the Capital’s Core Functions
The Yanqi Lake International Convention Capital welcomes visitors to feel Huairou's bursting passion. After the 2014 APEC Economic Leaders' Week, Huairou District became an important district in serving foreign exchanges and the capital's renewed image.
Classic buildings abound near Yanqi Lake. The Yanqi Lake International Convention Center like a swan goose spreading its wings, the Sunrise East Kempinski Hotel like a bright pearl above water, the Yanqi Lake International Convention and Exhibition Center symbolises an ancient culture that moves between the sky and earth. The cluster of villas embedded with elements of China's traditional culture aong with a road network and municipal facilities have firmly established the International Convention Capital.
High-end conventions and exhibitions including the “Understanding China” International Conference, G20 Energy Ministerial Meeting, G20 Science, Technology & Innovation Ministers Meeting and Fifth Beijing International Film Festival were held here. With Yanqi Lake and Chinese ideas, voices and proposals put forward here have gained worldwide recognition.
Positioned as the “New Zone for International Exchange,” Huairou District
keeps enhancing its role as a window serving the capital's function of capital exchange. It has carried out studies to form a plan on the convention and exhibition industry's development, released a policy supporting the convention and exhibition industry's development with earmarked funds and pooled exhibition brands, convention and exhibition service providers and talents in conventions and exhibitions.
The following statistics are encouraging: since the 2014 APEC Economic Leaders' Week, the Yanqi Lake Ecological Development Demonstration Zone has held 2,800 conferences and exhibitions. Propelled by this top-notch project, Huairou District's convention and exhibition industry keeps improving the quality and efficiency and enhancing the International Convention Centre's influential brand. In 2016, Huairou District hosted more than 6,500 conferences, and the convention and exhibition industry's revenue reached 300 million yuan.
In the first quarter of 2017, 15 hotels including Yanqi Hotel and Yanqi Lake International Convention & Exhibition Centre held 667 conferences and realised 54.605 million yuan in total revenue, 51.6 percent and 23.9 percent more than the previous year respectively; the district hosted 1,205 conferences, received 137,000 people, and realised 72.125 million yuan in revenue, an increase of 30.2 percent over the previous year.
By actively serving the capital's core functions and improving its green environment, Huairou gives play to its functional position as an ecological conservation development zone, sticks to “drawing one blueprint to the end” and “protecting its green mountains,” and tries to build itself into a liveable demonstration zone with the capital's characteristics and features of Huairou.
A City for Conventions
This May, Huairou District has taken on a new look. After two months of hard work, a refined garden city makes an amazing appearance at the southern foot of Yanshan Mountain. At night, accompanied by neon lights, silhouettes of buildings, roads, bridges and heaving mountains add to the starry night and limitless scenery.
Focusing on shifting from clean to beautiful in its urban appearance, Huairou District has fully improved its landscape and nightscape scenery since the start of 2017. To merge itself with building “four centres” for the Capital of Beijing, this landscape city, by forging a brand-new area of “beautiful Huairou,” increases the charm of an ecologically blessed land, beautifies its stage of a new international exchange area for Beijing, and sheds light on its reputation of being a high-quality, business-friendly and lifestyle-friendly area.
‘Customisation’ in Urban Landscaping
Big changes come from unprecedented upgrading projects for urban landscaping. In just a few months, more than 50,000 trees, 50,000 shrubs and 8,000,000 flowers were transported to Huairou and took root in urban and suburban areas, forming
a total landscaping area of 2.764 million square metres.
The long journey of “Beautiful Huairou” starts from “the southern gate” of urban Huairou. At the 14th exit of the BeijingChengde Expressway is a scene named by the landscaping department as “Gantang (Pyrus betulaefolia Bunge) Welcoming Guests” formed by landscaping plants such as Chinese roses, Chinese crabapples, Chinese pines, gingkoes, Shandong maple and others. Trees and shrubs are arranged in rows according to size, colour and height, shaping a scene of welcome.
In the urban area, landscapes are also improved for the “three vertical and ten horizontal roads,” each with different themes and unique qualities. It highlights plainness and warmth for roads near residential areas, simplicity and grandiloquence for those concentrating governmental units, and relaxation and brightness for commercial streets and blocks. With unique plant combinations and increased landscaping chunks, each street and road in the urban area takes on its own beauty. With a plethora of landscaping plants, the streets seem to stretch long and buildings look nestled among flowers and trees. Even the median is full of flowers, brimming with colour.
Stereoscopic Flower Beds Beautify Streets
Eight large-scale flower beds add new highlights to this refined garden city.
The east, west, south and north of the Yingbinhuaidao Roundabout are respectively placed with a large-scale flower bed, with the main flower bed in the south as the most impressive one, with a height of 9.8 metres. With colourful belts made of flowers such as begonias, carpet sedum, calico plant, horned violet, snapdragon, delphinium and others; images of sailboats, convention icons, camels and others; and more than 20 geranium and petunias planted around, these four flower beds not only provide a stunning visual but also showcases the solidarity, prosperity and development of countries around the world.
“Yeah!” a boy yells with a V-shaped hand sign, while his mother took a picture of him in the flower bed at the north entrance of Qingchun Road. Different from those in Yingbinhuandao Roundabout, the four flower beds here are decorated with happy flower faces of cartoon characters and lovely worm models made from plants such as begonias, calico plants and stringy stonecrop, attracting tourists and photographers.
In addition to adding new urban scenery, Huairou has also transformed and improved its original landscapes. In its urban area, all six parks with a total area of 834,000 square metres have completed upgrading their landscapes. For the Memorial Park of the 1995 World Conference on Women, the largest one among them, with an area of 618,000 square metres, the landscaping department of Huairou District considered its riverside location following the concept of water proximity and worked on themed landscaping. Flowers and seedlings were planted in seven plots to form scenic landscapes. Other public facilities like chairs and fences were replaced.
Forest and Flowers near Yanqi Lake
Upon hearing the names of Syringa reticulata, Spiraea salicifolia, Viburnum sargentii and others, visitors will come to appreciate these dazzling flowers. Including these varieties, a great deal of plants, in more than 80 kinds of flowers and 35 varieties of deciduous trees and aiphyllium, were transplanted to the Yanqi Lake Area, a tourist attraction, where 24,000 trees and 394,000 shrubs were planted. Yanqi Lake (literally meaning Wild Goose Resting Lake) has completed the largest landscaping improvement project since APEC.
A trip to Yanqi Lake now brings a journey filled with flowerful fragrance as the whole road has been turned into a scenic avenue. Entering Huairou from the 14th exit of Beijing- Chengde Expressway, 6,000 sets of flower boxes filled with morning glories in various colours hang on fences on both sides of the road. As a driver mounts onto the overpass and sees both sides, the forest field and green sea consisting of tall trees and vast wheat fields present a refreshing scene. After entering Fanqi Road, the driver sees a flower bed filled with peonies and China roses in the shape of a wild goose stretching its wings, recreating a lively atmosphere.
“On the west side of the Yanqi Lake and near Fanqi Road was a narrow and long empty land, bereft of any scenic design. Located beside the parking lot, it has a prominent position and remains a key site for improvements this time around,” said an official in charge of the Administration Committee of the Yanqi Lake Ecological Development Demonstration Area. Following the direction of the mountain range, this place has been designed into a natural park, whose different sections underwent a themed design of forest, flower and mountain climbing. “After getting out of the vehicle, tourists are immediately thrown into a captivating landscape of lakes and mountains.”
There are 26 similar improvement projects for scenic spots in Yanqi Lake. With implementation of the reinforced embankment, increased vegetation, and perfected matching facilities, the Yanqi Lake Area showcases a painterly landscape.
Yanqi Lake at night emits a myriad of lights and colours. Set against the lights, the heaving mountains take on a beautiful dress while buildings on the island reveal colourful hues and tones. The core area of the Yanqi Lake International Convention Capital, occupying 21 square kilometres, gives Huairou a neon nightlife.
With careful design, the nightscape lighting project for Yanqi Lake has incorporated drawing techniques of renderings, wrinkling, and outlining in Chinese painting. It employs renderings
to use a large chunk of soft light to render the shade and colourful features of its architecture; wrinkling is used for the density and shading change of lights to reflect light and dark, convex and concave, and geology of the mountains in the midlevels; and outlining to draw contours of each mountain's formation.
With more than 40,000 sets of lights, more than 10 peaks and ranges around the Yanqi Lake Ecological Development Demonstration Area, architecture around the lake and roads and water surfaces in the area have been connected as per lighting layers at different distances. Including skylines of far-off mountains, the contoured lines of buildings, the shoreline of Yanqi Lake, and lines of the lake-circling roads all add beauty and resilience, revealing a colourful, resplendent and dreamlike world of light and shade.
Lighting also differs in different seasons. The lighting focuses on green in spring with sprouting plants; bright flowery hues in summer; golden in autumn— symbolising harvest, and white hues in winter. On special festivals and significant meetings or other activities, the lighting, if needed, also demonstrates golden and green mountains and water to present a festive atmosphere.
Beside the Yanqi Lake area, the nightscape lighting project was launched in the district's downtown area at the start of 2017 and was completed at the end of March. The project covered “two districts, three lines and two towns.” “Two districts” refer to the Old Huairou Downtown, including Kaifang Road, Yingbin Road, Qingchun Road, Fuqian Street and Beidajie, and Yanqi Lake Ecological Development Demonstration Zone; “three lines” refer to the line along the viaduct of the 14th exit of Beijing–chengde Highway, the loop line of the dam of Huairou Reservoir; and the line along Huaihe River; with the “two towns” referring to Huaibei and Yanqi towns.
Focusing on warm, peaceful and graceful hues, the lighting in the urban area considers functions and features of public architecture along streets and highlights the skyline. For overpasses, the lighting reveals gateways and curving overpasses. “For the roads along the Huairou Reservoir— the major resting areas, a specially forged natural and elegant lighting effect is seen,” said one employee in charge of the Municipal Administration and Appearance Bureau of Huairou District. For paths along the rivers in Huairou, lighting facilities will also be placed on the shores of the river, waterside platforms, park pathways and others to form a refreshing waterside atmosphere.
Colourful Landscape Scroll
On May 15, 2017, state and government heads from 28 countries gathered at Yanqi Lake and held meetings centering around “Enhance International Cooperation, Cobuild ‘the Belt and Road' and Achieve Win-win Development.” Huairou District's landscape once again drew worldwide attention.
International cooperation of “the Belt and Road” is a grand initiative launched by China, granting a supreme honour to Huairou, a city of landscapes, to hold the Leaders Roundtable Summit of this Summit Forum in Huairou. Since the 2014 APEC Leaders' Summit, Huairou District has closely centered on its goal of building itself into an international exchange centre for the Capital City of Beijing and spared no efforts in forging a place for holding highend political and economic conventions, spreading its “International Convention Capital” brand worldwide.
High- end Conventions Roll in
Located in Beijing's northern area, Huairou has the Yanshan Mountain range stretching east to west, on whose peaks towers the Great Wall. With streams flowing from the southern foot of Yanshan Mountain, Yanqi Lake was formed in the plains not far away.
As a suburban area of Beijing, Huairou District has been taking ecological conservation as its root. In seeking its development, Huairou District takes the green mountains and water, the blue sky and the white clouds as its greatest advantages. Under the new historical condition in which Beijing confirms the urban strategic positioning of “four centres,” Huairou Districts has relied on its highquality ecological resources to centrer on building the “international Exchange Center” for Beijing, move towards the developmental direction of “a new district for international exchange.”
The unique ecological advantages and the beautiful landscapes have given rise to a globally renowned “international convention capital.” On Yanqi Island, grand boutique architecture clusters reveal the grandeur of Han and Tang Dynasty. On the eastern and western shore of Yanqi Lake are the Sunrise East Kempinski Hotel and the Yanqi Lake International Convention and Exhibition Center, infusing traditional Chinese cultural elements with contemporary aesthetics in architecture.
November 11, 2014 was recorded in the development history of Huairou as the 22nd APEC Economic Leaders' Week was held at Yanqi Lake. After that, highend international political and economic meetings, including the international meeting of “Understanding China,” G20 Energy Ministers Meeting, G20 Science, Technology & Innovation Ministers Meeting and others were held at the Yanqi Lake Area.
With the world's eyes on Yanqi Lake, carefully listening to the Chinese voice and sharing in Chinese wisdom and plans, the historical shift from a far suburban area to a new area in China's foreign exchange, the ecological and picturesque landscape has become a notable venue for discussion, cobuilding and sharing between China and the rest of the world.
Expanding the Convention and Exhibition Industry
Having successively held a series of international political and economic
conventions, Huairou District has greatly improved its brand image of “International Convention Capital.” With such opportunities, Huairou District has greatly promoted its convention and exhibition industry, having gone from non-existence to advanced development.
To centre on the requirements of perfecting matching facilities of the international convention capital, Huairou District has enhanced management and safeguarding on roads and scenic spots around Yanqi Lake, having completed projects such as nightscape lighting and walkways around the lake; built parking lots and mountain climbing paths; constructed a display centre for the 2014 APEC Economic Leaders' Week. Meanwhile, Huairou District has also nourished the convention and exhibition industry and listed the leisure, convention and exhibition industry as one of the three industry blocks for key development during the 13th Five-year Plan (2016–2020) of Huairou District.
Huairou District has also released “the Development Planning for the Convention and Exhibition Industry during the 13th Five-year Plan of Huairou District (2016–2020)”to lead an integrated and high- end development of the convention and exhibition industry, and guide itself toward the development of the Great Convention and Exhibition Industry incorporating conventions, exhibitions, festival celebrations and bonus tourism. Huairou District also allocated special funds supporting policies to promote the convention and exhibition industry to attract more convention and exhibition brands, service providers and talents.
After the 2014 APEC Economic Leaders' Week, the central area of Yanqi Lake International Convention Capital, occupying 21 square kilometres, has successively undertaken high- end cultural exchange activities like the EU- China HighLevel Culture Forum, Beijing International Film Festival, China Movie Awards, China Photography Art Festival and others. Commercial conventions and exhibitions with high market value have been rolling in as activities by internationally renowned automobile enterprises with exhibitions were held here, including Benz Maybach, Infiniti, BMW, Ford and other brands with new automobile launches.
With persuasive data, statistics show that from the 2014 APEC Economic Leaders' Week to the end of 2016, 15 hotels operated by Yanqi Hotel, the International Convention Center, the International Convention and Exhibition Center and others have undertaken 3,720 conventions and exhibitions on a different scale from home and abroad, entertained 406,000 person/times and achieved a comprehensive convention and exhibition income of 515 million yuan. In the first quarter of 2017, these 15 hotels have undertaken 667 conventions, having achieved a comprehensive income of 54.605 million yuan, respectively increased by 51.6 percent and 23.9 percent.
The urban environment, image and infrastructure exerts influence on the convention and exhibition industry. Considering industry needs and long-term regional development, Huairou is now fully upgrading its infrastructure.
By conducting advanced configuration of power facilities, Huairou has successively built four electric sub-stations and expanded capacity for the two main transformers of the 110KV electric sub-station in Yanqi Lake, which could meet demands for electricity in the coming decade.
Building bridges and roads to enable avenues and thoroughfares, Huairou has built an overpass from the 14th exit of the Beijing-chengde Expressway directly to Yanqi Lake, a significant gateway for entering and exiting Huairou. The collecting line of Huaichang Road, linking Jingmi Road and Beitai Road, is another entry and exit point for Huairou, bringing convenience to citizens and tourists. The Yanqi Lake-circling road was constructed, creating a huge new legacy. Having gotten through the circling line of Yanqi Lake, the Yanqi Lake-circling road has connected the Yanqi Lake Scenic Area, the Sunrise East Kempinski Hotel, Yanqi Island, the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences and has since become a scenic avenue.
To ensure sufficient water supply for the Yanqi Lake area, Huairou District has implemented a special water supply project, with 21 kilometres of water supply pipeline paved and upgraded its capacity of the current Yanqi Water Factory to 50,000 cubic metres per day from 5,000 cubic metres per day. Without a spark of negligence in waste water treatment, Huairou District has implemented measures like ecological cleaning for tiny water basins, treatment of mid- and smallsized rivers, and construction of new waste water treatment facilities. With an overall waste water treatment capacity of 130,000 tons per day, it has covered hotels near Yanqi Lake, the core island, Yanqi Town, Development Area and the New Town Zone, able to meet waste water treatment demands for the next decade.
Huairou District has actively controlled pollution and reduced emissions. In urban areas, reducing coal usage is fully realised for concentrated heat supply. In rural areas, clean energy is widely promoted to replace traditional bituminous coal, with a ratio of new energy-fueled buses on the rise.
Core Resources Beijing Yanqi Lake International Convention Center
As the core architecture of Yanqi Island, it has a total construction area of 42,000 square metres. Based on the design concept of "a wild goose stretching its wings and the grandeur of Han and Tang Dynasty revealing itself", it has tall angled eaves and a bilateral symmetry—ancient, grand, neatly arranged and open. Looking like a
wild goose stretching its wings for take off, it symbolises the prosperity and intention for exchange by the Chinese. The interior of the convention centre, laid out in the shape of a letter H, has a core functional area consisting of the Wild Goose Hall for dining on the first floor and the conventionpurpose Jixian ( Talent Gathering) Hall on the second floor. On both sides of the convention centre are VIP lobbies, lounges and meeting rooms of all sizes.
12 Groups of VIP Villas
Divided into five blocks, the 12 sets of VIP villas showcase different regional cultures and architectural features of northeastern China, northwestern China, southwestern China, islands in Southern China and the shores of Eastern China. With a construction area ranging from 5,000 to 9,000 square metres in each villa, they contain a quadrangle courtyard with a symmetrical central axis in their architectural styles. Taking the central axis of the Yanqi Lake as the base, the 12 sets of villa are arranged clockwise.
Next to the Yanqi Lake International Convention Center, the Yanqi Hotel's courtyard-style connects with a small-sized wharf, illustrating a design with traditional Chinese charm. With its triangular courtyard facing the lake, the overall architecture of the hotel, if looked from above, resembles the Chinese character “京”( jing, meaning “capital”). By these traditional Chinese design elements like “glass lantern concepts” and “modern interpretation of the lattice windows,” it promotes traditional Chinese architecture. Seen in the shade at night, it reveals an artistic realm of “moonlight looking like water and water resembling the sky.”
Beijing Yanqi Lake International Convention and Exhibition Center
The architectural exterior of the Heaven Temple without a top, symbolising a circular heaven and flat land. With a design matching the Yanqi Lake International Convention Center on Yanqi Island, it embodies the grand style of “the uplifted grandeur of Han and Tang Dynasty as flying between Heaven and Earth.” The Convention Center has applied nearly 20 environmentfriendly technologies, including domestically advanced technologies such as lighting that incorporates optical fibres.
Beijing Sunrise East Kempinski Hotel
The exterior of the hotel looks like a sun slowly rising. The annex buildings of the hotel from a bird's eye view resemble “an auspicious cloud,” representing a romantic idea of “colourful clouds chasing after the sun” in Chinese culture. The hotel has a total construction area of 80,000 square metres in 19 stories, with a total height of 97 metres with 79 metres for the upper floor of the main building. In its longest surface area, the long axis is 94 metres while the short one is 38 metres.