Beijing, a Big Family
The Belt and Road Forum (BRF) for International Cooperation was held in Beijing, the capital of China, on May 14 and 15. This was a significant diplomatic event for China in 2017 and a grand international gala. The forum brought together people from around the world who shared their vision and knowledge. The forum will have a far-reaching and lasting influence in terms of strengthening international cooperation, advancing the Belt and Road Initiative, and achieving mutual development. During this event, China’s proposals and ideas were heard and Beijing’s services were widely acclaimed.
Beijing made a promise prior to the forum: “We will undertake all preparatory work for the forum with the most resolute attitude, the most careful planning and the highest standards.” Beijingers have always treated national events as their own, and devoted themselves to preparing for the forum. They welcomed foreign friends, decorated the city, chose environmentallyfriendly means of transport, and took other measures to protect the environment. Beijing has gradually unveiled its distinct beauty.
Tian’anmen Square was covered in flowers and Chang’an Avenue was decorated with colourful flower beds. The main road near the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests at the Temple of Heaven was a dazzling site of more than 10,000 flowers. Parks attracted many visitors with over ten flower beds designed with the theme of a “flower-bordered Silk Road.” The Second Ring Road was turned into a multitude of evergreen and colourful trees. The Third Ring Road, with over 20,000 roses, was hailed as a “rose avenue.” The Fourth Ring Road, with about 1,000 ash trees, became a treelined boulevard. Trees and flowers also beautified the airport, the Beijing– Chengde, Beijing–lhasa and Beijing–urumqi expressways, the Yanqi Lake link road and many other roads.
Chang’an Avenue was illuminated by 254 red lanterns in the evening. Yanqi Lake in Beijing’s Huairou District was enlivened by more than 40,000 sets of lights, transforming the 21-square-kilometre core area of the international convention capital into a landscape painting.
As a main venue for the forum, the China National Convention Center provided the highest services. The China Unicom Beijing Branch offered high-speed Internet access for accredited journalists for the first time, facilitating the broadcasting of highlights and achievements of the forum around the world. More than 2,000 young volunteers from 28 Beijing-based institutions of higher learning impressed participants with their sincerity, smiles and good service, showcasing the positive spirit of Chinese youth.
Beijingers are known for their attention to the country’s interests of the whole country, selfless dedication, enthusiasm, openness and hospitality. In them, one can see examples of the politeness and decorum of all Chinese, and how they bolster urban management and development.
Tens of thousands of households constitute Beijing, and millions of Beijing residents work hard to make their home a better place. The International Day of Families falls on May 15 every year, and on this occasion, Beijing, a famous historical and cultural city on its way to become a world- class capital, showed its glamour to the outside world. Beijing demonstrated its tradition of being a big family, characterised by “passion, kindness, civility and courtesy,” and residents’ deep love for and their passion and confidence in the city’s development. (