The Glow of Beijing
Beijing has transformed itself into a sea of flowers to celebrate the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation.
The Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation (BRF), held in Beijing on May 14 and 15, is one of China’s important diplomatic activities attracting global attention, showcasing Beijing's unique charm, and producing far-reaching impact for strengthening international cooperation, building the Belt and Road, and achieving mutual benefit in development.
Beijing's night light accords with requirements for lighting at major festivals. Outside the National Centre for the Performing Arts, nearly 2,300 square metres of grassland have been covered with various fibre optic light tubes in the shape of small fountains; a total of 10,860 sets of reed-shaped lights at the north gate change colours with surrounding fountains, weaving together a dreamlike image. Beside Yanqi Lake in Huairou District, the 21 square kilometres of the core convention area adopts traditional Chinese painting techniques, including dyeing and sketching, connecting over 10 peaks, mountains, lakeside buildings, roads and water through the changing lights of more than 40,000 sets of lights, forming an exquisite traditional Chinese landscape painting. In the CBD (central business district), lights are cast on skyscrapers, creating a world of light and shadow.
To prepare for the BRF, Beijing has built seven themed parterres in the urban area and eight in the Yanqi Lake main venue. A total of 380,000 square metres of flowers decorate Beijing, with magnolias and white bark pines in front of Zhongnanhai's red wall, as well as 12 flower pillars, 18 flower balls and a 3,000 square-metre long flower belt in Tian’anmen Square, forming a picturesque scenic spot along Chang’an Avenue. Over 80,000 pots of flowers and 10 groups of flower balls have been placed along the road at the China National Convention Centre, together with 35,000 square metres of lawns. At this time, 13,000 publicity banners printed with “Belt and Road: Cooperation for Common Prosperity” and “Joint Contribution, Extensive Consultation and Shared Benefit” have been hung along the city's major roads, swinging in the wind.
The city’s charm reflects the strength and spirit of its people. The Beijing Municipal Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and the People’s Government of Beijing Municipality wrote a letter of thanks to all Beijingers for “Providing service and assurance for the BRF is a major political task given by the CPC Central Committee and the State Council. With its mission and responsibility, it is also a test for managing Beijing. To ensure the success of the BRF, Beijingers actively respond to the call of the CPC Beijing Municipal Committee and the People’s Government of Beijing Municipality, and enthusiastically take part in and make contributions to creating a festive, joyous and friendly atmosphere. By maintaining social order, protecting environment, and making green travel more readily available, Beijing obtains blue sky, smooth traffic, tidy environment and harmonious society. All of these not only demonstrate Beijingers’ spirit in the new era, but once again win honour for the capital.”
Beijing, you are so beautiful. We love you!
1. The China National Convention Center
2. National Centre for the Performing Arts
3. Yanqi Tower
4. Yanqi Lake