Summer Ex­cite­ment for Bei­jingers

Beijing (English) - - CONTENTS - Trans­lated by Deng Su­juan Edited by Roger Brad­shaw

On Au­gust 5, the wa­ter-themed ac­tiv­ity “Crazy Wa­ter” in Shi­jing­shan Dis­trict brought a splash to Bei­jingers.

On Au­gust 5, a typ­i­cal hot summer's day in Bei­jing, a special wa­ter-themed ac­tiv­ity called “Crazy Wa­ter” took place in Shi­jing­shan Dis­trict. A range of ac­tiv­i­ties such as ori­en­teer­ing, games, a photo con­test among bub­bles, wa­ter-sprin­kling car­ni­val, and a mu­sic party took place to bring splash to the city's res­i­dents.

The pur­pose of the ac­tiv­ity in the Lian­shi Lake Eco­log­i­cal Park, which pulled in more than 1,000 peo­ple, was to pro­mote health­ier tourism ac­tiv­i­ties and to en­cour­age peo­ple to get out and live a health­ier, hap­pier life with a touch of tourism.

The ori­en­teer­ing ac­tiv­ity started with par­tic­i­pants get­ting their hands cov­ered with paint and leav­ing their hand­prints on a sign board. They were then di­vided into groups, and had their faces cov­ered with grease­paint to cel­e­brate the 90th an­niver­sary of the Chi­nese Peo­ple's Lib­er­a­tion Army (PLA) and to show their re­spect for PLA mem­bers.

Then, par­tic­i­pants went to the path­ways on the bank of the lake to play games, at­tracted by clus­ters of pur­ple, yel­low and

or­ange flow­ers on the grass, and trees with red fruit, among tall grass. The chil­dren tak­ing part could learn about these trees and plants— hawthorns and cherry-ap­ple trees, Chi­nese pen­nise­tum grass, and oth­ers—thanks to the name­plates on the plants.

Var­i­ous games, each with its own zone, in­cluded wa­ter ball toss­ing and pass­ing along wa­ter us­ing pa­per cups. It was quite hot, but, re­gard­less of their age, the peo­ple all co­op­er­ated to com­plete these games and, at the same time, got to know each other. There was a zone with bub­bles where they could take pho­tos. Some said the bub­bles took them back to their child­hood and a won­der­land of dreams that stayed in their mem­ory. The bub­bles were en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly and re­flected the con­cept of “healthy life, civilised tourism.”

Spon­sor­ing the day's car­ni­val was the Bei­jing Shi­jing­shan Dis­trict Com­mis­sion of Tourism De­vel­op­ment, with or­gan­i­sa­tional help from Youx­i­ake, and sup­port from en­ter­prises such as Pur­ple Horse Cai Hang, Bomb Is­land and Lolo.

An Baoxi, chair­man of the Bei­jing Shi­jing­shan Dis­trict Com­mis­sion of Tourism De­vel­op­ment, ad­dressed the gath­er­ing and an­nounced the car­ni­val's con­clud­ing ac­tiv­ity, the wa­ter-sprin­kling event, which took par­tic­i­pants back to their child­hood. Re­gard­less of their gen­der or age, the peo­ple used any wa­ter- dis­pens­ing de­vice avail­able to soak oth­ers or shoot wa­ter up to the sky. The wet­ter the peo­ple got, the cooler they felt. Sev­eral cos­play en­thu­si­asts dressed up as car­toon fig­ures, also took part in the car­ni­val and stood out so much that many peo­ple turned on them and soaked them head to toe.

As the car­ni­val drew to a close, the mu­sic party be­gan, with live mu­sic. The host of the event en­cour­aged ev­ery­one to en­joy the in­ter­ac­tive games, turn­ing the eco­log­i­cal park into a world of joy. The com­mis­sion, re­spond­ing to the suc­cess, re­ported that the ac­tiv­ity was a re­sponse to the na­tion's call for greater fit­ness and to bring peo­ple to­gether. The idea was to get them to bet­ter un­der­stand leisure, tourism, and cul­tural re­sources es­pe­cially around the Lian­shi Lake Eco­log­i­cal Park area. The ac­tiv­ity has pro­moted its full-par­tic­i­pa­tion tourism phi­los­o­phy to en­rich peo­ple's ex­pe­ri­ences, and helped Shi­jing­shan de­velop a com­plete tourism sys­tem for the en­tire dis­trict, with an orderly lay­out, abun­dant prod­ucts and good sup­port fa­cil­i­ties.

The ac­tiv­ity was a sign of the dis­trict's var­i­ous meth­ods for mak­ing tourism an area that is pop­u­lar with all its res­i­dents, some­thing that helps the dis­trict with its “all-round trans­for­ma­tion and top green de­vel­op­ment” strat­egy, and a way to en­cour­age all res­i­dents to take part in fit­ness ac­tiv­i­ties and en­joy tourism as the way to ex­er­cise and live a hap­pier life.

The ac­tiv­ity also fea­tured en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly bags so that peo­ple could take away their garbage. The pur­pose of this was to en­cour­age res­i­dents to ob­serve and pro­mote a life­style that is civilised, low- car­bon and fea­tures en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion.

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