Pic­turesque Coun­try­side

Bei­jing’s aim to con­struct a “beau­ti­ful coun­try­side” is ad­vanc­ing at a good pace. Tens of thou­sands of tourists now visit the re­gion’s once-un­known vil­lages, where they can en­joy fresh air and tran­quil scenery.

Beijing (English) - - CONTENTS - Trans­lated by Zhou Fu­jing Edited by David Ball

The coun­try­side is the birth­place of tra­di­tional cul­ture and a place that peo­ple may feel nos­tal­gic for. Main­tain­ing a beau­ti­ful coun­try­side is a vi­sion of ru­ral res­i­dents and some­thing that in­creases the hap­pi­ness of city- and coun­try- dwellers alike. Con­struct­ing a “beau­ti­ful coun­try­side” is Bei­jing’s goal in build­ing a new so­cial­ist coun­try­side and the dream of sub­ur­ban res­i­dents as part of cre­at­ing a beau­ti­ful life and build­ing a beau­ti­ful Bei­jing.

The times are ad­vanc­ing, cities are thriv­ing and the coun­try­side is chang­ing. These changes can be felt in Bei­jing ev­ery day as farms that once grew veg­eta­bles have been turned into mod­ern com­mu­ni­ties, former wa­ter­logged fields have been trans­formed into sites for mag­nif­i­cent Olympic venues and pic­turesque for­est parks, and an old mil­i­tary fort is now a pop­u­lar tourist lo­ca­tion.

The lives of Bei­jingers are also chang­ing. Farm­ers now have their own agri­cul­tural shows and have de­vel­oped sites where the pub­lic can pick fresh fruit and veg­eta­bles. River­side vil­lages have be­come at­trac­tive des­ti­na­tions where vis­i­tors can en­joy ac­tiv­i­ties on the wa­ter and get back to na­ture. These once- un­known vil­lages now at­tract tens of thou­sands of tourists, who en­joy the fresh air and tran­quil coun­try­side scenery.

Pho­tos by He Li, Li Xiaoyin, Ma Ke, Zhao Dun

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