Summer Excitement for Beijingers
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.