Bei­jing, a Big Fam­ily

Beijing (English) - - EDITOR’S NOTE - By Roberta Raine) Trans­lated by Deng Su­juan, pol­ished

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. (

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