Build­ing a Beau­ti­ful Bei­jing

Beijing (English) - - EDITOR’S NOTE - Edited by Roberta Raine) Trans­lated by Zhang Chao

In the much-an­tic­i­pated re­port of the 19th Na­tional Congress of the Com­mu­nist Party of China (CPC), Gen­eral Sec­re­tary Xi Jin­ping pointed out that “build­ing an eco­log­i­cal civil­i­sa­tion is vi­tal to sus­tain the Chi­nese na­tion’s de­vel­op­ment.” Xi con­tin­ued: “We must re­alise that lu­cid waters and lush moun­tains are in­valu­able as­sets and act on this un­der­stand­ing, im­ple­ment our fun­da­men­tal na­tional pol­icy of con­serv­ing re­sources and pro­tect­ing the en­vi­ron­ment, and cher­ish the en­vi­ron­ment as we cher­ish our own lives. We will adopt a holis­tic ap­proach to con­serv­ing our moun­tains, rivers, forests, farm­lands, lakes and grass­lands, im­ple­ment the strictest pos­si­ble sys­tems for en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion, and de­velop ecofriendly growth mod­els and ways of life. We must pur­sue a model of sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment fea­tur­ing in­creased pro­duc­tion, higher liv­ing stan­dards, and healthy ecosys­tems. We must con­tinue the Beau­ti­ful China ini­tia­tive to cre­ate good work­ing and liv­ing en­vi­ron­ments for our peo­ple and play our part in en­sur­ing global eco­log­i­cal se­cu­rity.”

The con­cept of “build­ing a beau­ti­ful China” has touched the hearts of Bei­jingers, and de­picts the splen­did prospect of a beau­ti­ful home for peo­ple liv­ing in this an­cient cap­i­tal. The re­port points out that the mea­sures to ef­fec­tively solve the prom­i­nent en­vi­ron­men­tal prob­lems, in­clud­ing “con­tin­u­ing our cam­paign to pre­vent and con­trol air pol­lu­tion to make our skies blue again,” “speed­ing up pre­ven­tion and con­trol of wa­ter pol­lu­tion,” and “strength­en­ing the con­trol of soil pol­lu­tion and the restora­tion of pol­luted soil,” are some of the prac­ti­cal mat­ters that are of vi­tal in­ter­est and con­cern to peo­ple in the cap­i­tal.

In fact, the past five years since the 18th Na­tional Congress of the CPC have been a pe­riod dur­ing which Bei­jing has car­ried out the most in­ten­sive eco­log­i­cal im­prove­ments and made the fastest progress, big­gest ef­forts and great­est achieve­ments. Bei­jing has strongly pro­moted eco­log­i­cal im­prove­ments in the city and taken a se­ries of mea­sures that have seen great re­sults, in­clud­ing con­trol­ling air pol­lu­tion, im­prov­ing wa­ter qual­ity, al­le­vi­at­ing traf­fic jams, and en­hanc­ing ur­ban man­age­ment.

Bei­jing is ded­i­cated to build­ing a world-class har­mo­nious and live­able city, and the eco­log­i­cal im­prove­ments are a top pri­or­ity in ur­ban de­vel­op­ment and con­struc­tion. In Bei­jing, green ar­eas that are less than 5,000 square me­tres large in the Dongcheng and Xicheng districts, and less than 10,000 square me­tres large in 14 other districts, are called “small and mi­cro green ar­eas of land.” From 2014 to the end of 2016, a to­tal of 158 small and mi­cro green ar­eas of land had been built in the city. It is grat­i­fy­ing that in the con­text of Bei­jing’s spe­cial ac­tion of “im­prov­ing through re­lo­ca­tion and ren­o­va­tion,” the con­struc­tion of small and mi­cro green ar­eas of land has been greatly ac­cel­er­ated, and 140 small and mi­cro green ar­eas of land cov­er­ing about 60 hectares have been com­pleted this year. A num­ber of other mea­sures have been taken, such as mak­ing use of ev­ery avail­able space for af­foresta­tion, set­ting up green ar­eas, and adding three­d­i­men­sional green ar­eas.

Pinggu Dis­trict, to the east of Bei­jing, has al­ways been called an eco­log­i­cal pro­tec­tive screen, with a for­est cov­er­age rate of 66.51 per­cent, the high­est of all the districts. It has be­come the de­vel­op­ment goal of Pinggu to con­sol­i­date its pro­tec­tion achieve­ments and put ef­forts into in­creas­ing the qual­ity of green spa­ces, and on this ba­sis strive to cre­ate green net­works in the plains, green screens in the moun­tain­ous ar­eas and green scenery in ur­ban ar­eas. Pinggu is now ap­ply­ing to be­come a na­tional for­est dis­trict, and 37 out of its 46 in­dexes have met the stan­dard. The clear waters and lush moun­tains in Pinggu are al­ready man­i­fest­ing their eco­log­i­cal and brand value.

The Min­istry of En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion re­leased the list of the first batch of model cities (or coun­ties) for na­tional eco­log­i­cal im­prove­ment a few days ago. Yan­qing Dis­trict in Bei­jing was con­ferred the ti­tle of be­ing one of the Model Cities (or Coun­ties) for Na­tional Eco­log­i­cal Im­prove­ment. A to­tal of 46 cities and coun­ties across the coun­try have won this honour, and Yan­qing is the only dis­trict in Bei­jing that was given this des­ig­na­tion. As an eco­log­i­cal con­ser­va­tion area of the cap­i­tal and an im­por­tant eco­log­i­cal pro­tec­tive screen in the north­west of Bei­jing, by the end of Au­gust 2017, Yan­qing has achieved an av­er­age PM2.5 con­cen­tra­tion of 52 mi­cro­grams per cu­bic me­tre, a for­est cov­er­age rate of 58.41 per­cent, and a green­ing rate of 70.95 per­cent, and has af­forested al­most all its de­for­ested hills, waste­lands and de­serted low­lands. Just as many Bei­jingers have felt, Bei­jing’s ur­ban en­vi­ron­ment is get­ting bet­ter and bet­ter, with more and more blue-sky days.

Let’s build a beau­ti­ful Bei­jing to­gether and share a har­mo­nious home. As our city be­comes more and more beau­ti­ful, our op­por­tu­ni­ties to thrive will also in­crease. (

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