Changing with Each Passing Day
Beijingers usually use favourable words to describe the city in which they live. “Rixin yueyi” (meaning “changing with each passing day”) is probably the most frequently used term, both online and offline. “Ri (day) xin (new) yue (month) yi (different)” has many connotations when being used to describe the city. The phrase can be a reference to numerous specific facts.
Though “Public Toilet Revolution” is no longer a new concept, Beijing has never stopped improving its public facilities. Several days ago, Dongcheng District put its first public toilet into operation that uses nanophotodecomposition for deodorisation and disinfection purposes. The technology decomposes problematic areas into water and carbon dioxide and also wipes out viruses and bacteria, thus achieving both public toilet deodorisation and air purification with one stroke. A triangular channel is on the wall of every stall. This facilitates the nano-deodorisation. Odour is removed with nano-photocatalytic technology, out of the sight of users. This advanced technology can also kill viruses and bacteria in the air, which fundamentally eliminates the effects of previously-infested air on people. The process does not involve any manual operation.
The creation of the Bank of China (BOC) Urban Forest Park at the foot of Baiwang Mountain in Haidian District and the Miaoyun Urban Forest Park at the foot of Yuquan Mountain are nearly complete. The two parks are in their final stage of development and will soon be open to the public. One high corridor and one low corridor are on each side of the road leading to Baiwang Mountain and feature high arbours with London plane trees, purple blow maples and Chinese scholar trees. Standing at a high point under the corridor, one can get a great view of the mountain. In order to maximise closeness to nature, the park is 80 percent green space. There are more than 3,000 plants representing more than 70 categories, including plants that provide autumn colour like tulip trees, Euonymus maackii Rupr, purple blow maples and golden rain trees; spring flowering trees like mountain peaches, Prunussibirica, Armeniaca Mumes and Beijing mock-oranges; and nectariferous plants like locusts, hawthorns and begonias, which provide food for birds. As a complementing partner, Miaoyun Urban Forest Park is shaded by trees and has beautiful scenery. It is also a cultural site protected by the local district government and features Miaoyun Temple. There is an approach channel made of stone, a road for imperial carriages, locusts and relics of past celebrities, which creates a fine scene of green fields, autumn wind, dense forests, migratory birds.
The Beijing Expo 2019 is approaching also. It will be open in eight months and last for six. Its gardens are currently taking shape. The main structures of the China Pavilion and International Pavilion have been finished. The core buildings, including the Botanic Pavilion, Tiantian Mountain and Yongning Pavilion, are in good shape so far. Located at the north of the landscape gardening axis, the overall outline of the China Pavilion is semi-circular. With two of its sides slightly tilted, it looks like a bird opening its wings. The “sea of steel and iron flowers” composed by 94 “flower umbrellas” is a refreshing feature on the east side of the China Pavilion. The International Pavilion is located in this area and is another core building, forming a group of core buildings and surrounding the Gui River together with the nearby China Pavilion and Performing Artscentre. Sixtyfour steel flower umbrellas have been erected at the International Pavilion so far.
The city is undergoing more and more changes. Local residents often enjoy the developments and express their approval. Every little bit of improvement strengthens the affection of Beijingers towards their homeland.