Chang­ing with Each Pass­ing Day

Beijing (English) - - EDITOR’S NOTE -

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.

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