The Glow of Bei­jing

Beijing (English) - - CONTENTS - Trans­lated by Wang Hui­hui, pol­ished by Mark Zuiderveld pho­tos by Bu Xiang­dong, Ma Wenx­iao, Li Xiaoyin, Xiu Yuchen, Yuan Weizhong, Zeng Guo­quan

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

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