An Inspirational Bei­jing

Beijing (English) - - EDITOR’S NOTE - Trans­lated by Zhou Fu­jing Edited by Mark Zuiderveld)

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. (

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