An Inspirational Beijing
At 4 a.m., October 1, China’s National Day, 115,000 tourists from nation wide gathered at the Tian’anmen Square, waiting for the solemn Fivestarred Red Flag raising ceremony. The cold night didn’t undermine people’s enthusiasm. On the 68th birthday of the People’s Republic of China (1949–present), people wish their motherland to become more prosperous and stronger.
The National Day holiday in 2017 was eyecatching. A joyous atmosphere welcomed the opening of the 19th National Congress of the CPC (Communist Party of China) prevailed the city. Local residents came to parks and venues to express their blessings to the country and salute to revolutionary martyrs. Twenty commemorative venues in Beijing’s 11 municipal-level parks received more than 1 million tourists during the eight- day holiday.
Autumn is a golden season of harvest. According to data from Beijing Municipal Commission of Tourism Development, during the holiday, Beijing received 12.37 million outside tourists and took in tourism income of 9.536 billion yuan, increasing by 4.5 percent and 10.6 percent year on year respectively.
The exhibition Endeavouring for Five Years featuring achievements made since the 18th National Congress of the CPC was on show at the Beijing Exhibition Center during the holiday, another notable destination. It contained 10 themed exhibition zones and an experience zone. Varieties of exhibits displayed China’s achievements in economy, politics, diplomacy, military and people’s livelihood via texts, photos, video, objects and interaction. They included the model of the Jiaolong deep-sea submersible, a flight inspection system and fifth- generation panoramic technology.
Among the achievements, “Beijing elements” were a highlight. Construction of the new airport is in full swing, the afforestation project provides more green land for the city, and intercity railway planning shortens commute time between Beijing, Tianjin, and Hebei Province.
Beijing has strived to improve its air quality, regulate population and shift functions unrelated to its role as a capital. It made new breakthroughs in traffic integration, ecological environment protection and industrial integration and coordination with Tianjin and Hebei Province. It has completed the plan for the city’s sub- centre and advanced the construction of key projects. It has expedited supply-side reform, carried out tasks of cutting excessive industrial capacity, destocking, deleveraging, lowering costs and bolstering weak areas, and constructed high- end industrial structure. It accelerated to build itself into the nation’s scientific and technological innovation centre with Zhongguancun Science City, Beijing Future Science Park, and Huairou Science City as the core. It made efforts to protect the site of Old Beijing and build “Three Cultural Belts and Two Areas.” It enhanced equal access to public services, such as employment, education, and housing, and implemented comprehensive policies and measures to treat “urban diseases” while making ecological progress.
In the future, Beijing will speed up the formation of the systems and mechanisms and methods that can guide economic development and ensure sustainable urban development. It will also make a plan for promoting the city’s economic, political, cultural, social and ecological development, strive to build a world- class harmonious and liveable capital, and work hard to write a new chapter. (