SPECTACULAR ACTIVITIES IN SHIJINGSHAN PARKS
To celebrate the Mid-autumn and National Day holidays, three parks in Shijingshan District organised a feast of spectacular cultural activities featuring “multiple themes, new experiences, indepth integration and civilised tourism.”
Shijingshan Amusement Park held a special “Mid-autumn and National Day Holiday Ferris Wheel” themed activity, providing a joyful garden party for visitors. During the evening, people could also enjoy nearly 20 classic amusement rides, including a Ferris wheel and log flume. On the evening of Mid-autumn Festival itself, the rides were lit up with tens of thousands of LEDS along with music, presenting over 20 fantastic scenes. These creative light displays featured evocative names such as “Dream Ferris Wheel,”“blue-bridge Starry Sky” and “Colour of Wind Music Corridor.”
During the Mid-autumn and National Day holidays, a 300 million yuan “flying cinema” called “Flying over China” brought a high-end, immersive flying experience to audiences. After taking their seats on a platform capable of moving in six different directions, they experienced the sensation of flight as the magnificent landscape of China was projected before their very eyes on a huge domed-screen. In addition, more than 50 classic amusement rides were also available, including a merry-go-round and pirate ship.
During the National Day holiday, Shijingshan Amusement Park officially opened its aviation-themed area—flying City—integrating entertainment, science and technology, and creativity. The area includes 15 recreation facilities in three categories: experience, knowledge and creativity. Visitors can experience over 40 boutique flight routes around the world from the cockpit of a real Boeing 747. The parade was one of the highlights for visitors as well as the Cinderella float and musical vintage car; Pandora’s Box and Thumbelina themed performance platforms were also unveiled. There were top street performances including dancing, freestyle basketball, speed skateboarding and bicycle motocross on offer. The main roads of the park were decorated with flowers, creating a festive atmosphere. To benefit the local people and tourists, the park organised a range of interactive activities during the two holidays via its Wechat and Weibo public accounts and gave away a total of 1,000 entrance tickets, 200 experience coupons for adults and 200 coupons for children.
The 5th Xishan Badachu Cultural Festival and the 31st Badachu Chung Yeung Festival were held in Badachu Park from October 1–7. During the Cultural Festival, ambassadors from Armenia, Cuba and Vietnam jointly unveiled the “Magic PaperCutting” exhibition, demonstrating the coming-together of international cultures.
On National Day, a grand performance with the theme of “Tribute to the Motherland” was held in Liuxi Shanfang Square. Folk songs and dances were presented by the Armenian Embassy to express the country’s respect and friendship with China. The “High Mountain and Flowing Water” folk music concert was also held in Zhonghua Jingyin Valley.
From September 28 to October 4, Beijing International Sculpture Park held the 6th Intangible Cultural Experience Week. Exhibitions during the week focused on the two national strategies of the Belt and Road Initiative and the coordinated development of the Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei region. They also focused on the utilisation of cultural legacies and highlighted the roles of innovation and integration in the protection of intangible cultural heritage and the inheritance of outstanding traditional culture. Activities included the “Fading Memories in the Beijing-tianjin-hebei Region” exhibition, a large signing event for the creation of a national civilised city, an interactive “Innovation and Inheritance” event, hightech experiences and tea culture exhibition. The "Charming Shijingshan—welcoming the Winter Olympic Games" calligraphy and painting exhibition, "Belt and Road Lights" photography exhibition, dramatic performances, lectures, specialty food for sale, and an exhibition on Beijing’s urban planning and ancient Chinese architecture were also available.
Several of the activities were promoted under the theme of “civilised tourism,” which was introduced by the Shijingshan tourism board to deepen transformation, attain high-end and green development, and develop priority industries. The aim is to build Shijingshan into a national-level industrial transformation and development demonstration zone, a green and lowcarbon service area in the west of Beijing, and an eco-friendly demonstration zone. Shijingshan will seize the opportunities brought about by the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and recreate historic new landmarks. It will build itself into a national civilised zone and a demonstration zone that brings together public cultural resources.