Huairou Home for Con­ven­tions and Ecol­ogy

Beijing (English) - - SPECIAL REPORT - Trans­lated by Su Yi­long, Wang Shi, Zhou Fu­jing, pol­ished by Mark Zuiderveld

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.

Sleep­less Huairou

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.

Up­graded In­fra­struc­ture

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.

Yanqi Ho­tel

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.

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