200 Days and Count­ing: Beijing Expo 2019

Beijing (English) - - CONTENTS - Trans­lated by David Ball Edited by Justin Davis Photo cour­tesy of the Pub­lic­ity Plan­ning De­part­ment of Beijing Expo 2019 Af­fairs Co­or­di­na­tion Bu­reau

The Sing in the New Era was held on Oc­to­ber 11 to mark the 200-day count­down to Beijing Expo 2019.

The "Sing in the New Era" event was held at Xiadu Park's main square in Yan­qing Dis­trict on Oc­to­ber 11 to mark 200 days un­til the start of the 2019 In­ter­na­tional Hor­ti­cul­tural Ex­hi­bi­tion (Beijing Expo 2019). Songs at the event rep­re­sented China's con­cept of green eco­log­i­cal de­vel­op­ment and trans­mit­ted the expo's "Live Green, Live Bet­ter" theme.

The expo will fo­cus on dis­play­ing hor­ti­cul­tural achieve­ments from China and abroad, cre­at­ing a grand gath­er­ing that brings to­gether the essence of pre­vi­ous in­ter­na­tional hor­ti­cul­tural ex­hi­bi­tions and show­cases hor­ti­cul­tural works from around the world.

More than 800 peo­ple at­tended the event in­clud­ing the deputy mayor of Beijing, Wang Hong, as well as lead­ers from the China Coun­cil for the Pro­mo­tion of In­ter­na­tional Trade (CCPIT), China Flower As­so­ci­a­tion, Beijing Mu­nic­i­pal Work­ing Com­mit­tee, Co­or­di­na­tion Bu­reau of the Beijing Expo, Beijing Mu­nic­i­pal Bu­reau of Cul­ture, Beijing Fed­er­a­tion of Lit­er­ary and Art Cir­cles (BFLAC), Yan­qing Dis­trict CPC Com­mit­tee and Dis­trict Govern­ment, and the Beijing Or­gan­is­ing Com­mit­tee for the 2022 Olympic and Par­a­lympic Win­ter Games, as well as govern­ment work­ers and en­ter­prise rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

Beijing Expo Golden Songs

The event be­gan with a ren­di­tion of the Beijing Expo 2019 song “Green Beijing” cre­ated by renowned Chi­nese com­poser Yin Qing. The cheer­ful and im­pas­sioned melody rang out as the Beijing Expo sent a warm in­vi­ta­tion to the world.

The Na­tional Cen­tre for the Per­form­ing Arts' (NCPA) Phil­har­monic Choir put on a pas­sion­ate per­for­mance of “Happy For­ever.” Its grace­ful melody and ex­quis­ite lyrics cre­ated a touch­ing “wa­ter­colour” of the expo. Over 100 unique and in­di­vid­ual gar­dens within the park will com­bine to cre­ate a sea of flow­ers cov­er­ing al­most 503 hectares. Visi­tors can stroll around the expo's main build­ings—the China Pavil­ion, In­ter­na­tional Pavil­ion, Botany Pavil­ion and the Life Ex­pe­ri­ence Pavil­ion—as well as the Per­form­ing Arts Cen­tre.

The touch­ing melodies and lyrics of “Green Beijing,”“happy For­ever,”“pri­mary Colours” and other songs at the event ex­pressed peo­ple's hopes for bet­ter lives and the “Live Green, Live Bet­ter” theme.

Fol­low­ing two months of se­lec­tions and more than 10,000 par­tic­i­pants, around

2,500 ama­teur singers were cho­sen, form­ing over 40 choirs which took part in a choral singing com­pe­ti­tion on Oc­to­ber 9-10. The stan­dard of com­pe­ti­tion was ex­tremely high.

The com­pe­ti­tion fea­tured ten golden songs and ten out­stand­ing songs from the Beijing Expo, ten out­stand­ing Win­ter Olympic-themed songs and six out­stand­ing Yan­qing Dis­trict-themed songs, cre­at­ing a song­book of 36 songs from which the choirs could choose from. All of them in­cluded themes such as yearn­ing for a green life, car­ry­ing for­ward sport­ing spirit and ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the expo's beau­ti­ful lo­ca­tion.

Deputy-di­rec­tor of the Co­or­di­na­tion Bu­reau of the Beijing Expo Ye Dahua stated that the expo's ten golden songs were cre­ated by some of the coun­try's best com­posers and lyri­cists and are suited to singers of dif­fer­ent ages and singing styles. Each piece of mu­sic has its own dis­tinct style, pas­sion­ate theme and beau­ti­ful melody. The songs were up­loaded to mul­ti­ple on­line mu­sic plat­forms and were pro­moted across Beijing Mu­sic Ra­dio, China Cam­pus Ra­dio and other ra­dio sta­tions.

The Out­stand­ing Or­gan­i­sa­tion, Top-10 Choir and Best Choir awards were handed out at the Beijing Expo Choir Com­pe­ti­tion at the “Sing in the New Era” event.

First Choice Tours

In ad­di­tion, the event also in­cluded an­nounce­ments re­gard­ing tick­et­ing:

1. Fine Food and Pho­tog­ra­phy— En­joy­able Expo: Visi­tors can climb the Badal­ing sec­tion of the Great Wall, taste lo­cal spe­cial­ties from Yan­qing Dis­trict, en­joy hor­ti­cul­tural del­i­ca­cies from around the world and ex­pe­ri­ence the expo's scenery.

2. Slow Tast­ing and Slow Travel— Healthy Expo: Visi­tors can walk along the an­cient Great Wall, visit an­cient res­i­dences, re­lax in hot springs and sam­ple ru­ral life.

3. Happy Times—par­ent and Child Expo: Visi­tors can get back to na­ture with fam­ily mem­bers, walk through fields and lis­ten to the sounds of na­ture.

The event ended with a mixed cho­rus per­for­mance of “I Love You, China” and “I Love My Home­land.”

The Beijing Expo 2019 is a gath­er­ing of the world's best in hor­ti­cul­tural arts and a stage for China's achieve­ments in build­ing an eco-civil­i­sa­tion. Visi­tors from China and abroad can en­joy a sea of flow­ers at the foot of the Great Wall. It is also an ex­cel­lent op­por­tu­nity to tell China's sto­ries and learn more about them.

Per­for­mance for the Park’s Con­struc­tion Work­ers

On the af­ter­noon of Oc­to­ber 11, a per­for­mance was held in the park as a thank you to the Beijing Expo 2019 con­struc­tion work­ers. Choirs made up of vol­un­teers from the Beijing Mu­nic­i­pal Com­mit­tee of the Chi­nese Peo­ple's Po­lit­i­cal Con­sul­ta­tive Con­fer­ence and Beijing Daily of­fered up their ele­gant singing voices for the huge num­ber of front­line work­ers con­struct­ing the expo park.

Deputy-di­rec­tor of the Co­or­di­na­tion Bu­reau of the Beijing Expo 2019 Ye Dahua paid trib­ute to the work­ers and en­cour­aged them to de­vote them­selves to the re­main­ing con­struc­tion tasks. More than 500 peo­ple watched the per­for­mance, in­clud­ing lead­ers from the Expo's Co­or­di­na­tion Bu­reau and Yan­qing Dis­trict Govern­ment.

The “Sing in the New Era” se­ries of ac­tiv­i­ties also in­cluded two flash-mobs at Beijing West Rail­way Sta­tion and the Badal­ing sec­tion of the Great Wall, the “Sing in the New Era” Beijing Expo Choir Com­pe­ti­tion; and “Sing in the New Era”themed ac­tiv­i­ties that pro­moted the expo's at­mos­phere.

The ar­rival of the 200-day count­down also marked the fi­nal prepa­ra­tions in the run-up to the Beijing Expo 2019. The en­gi­neer­ing projects for the expo are near­ing com­ple­tion, and con­struc­tion of the park is now es­sen­tially com­plete. Land­scap­ing and plant­ing in the park are 90 per­cent com­plete; the bury­ing of cables and lay­ing of pipe­lines are ba­si­cally fin­ished; roads and path­ways have taken shape; and the main venues have been con­structed. The ac­com­mo­da­tion for staff work­ing at the expo ho­tel and ex­hi­bi­tion has reached the in­te­rior dec­o­ra­tion phase. The project is pre­dicted to be fin­ished and handed over by the end of the year. Con­struc­tion of the com­pre­hen­sive man­age­ment cen­tre, com­pre­hen­sive data cen­tre, hor­ti­cul­tural town and in­dus­try belt as well as other sup­port­ing fa­cil­i­ties are ad­vanc­ing in an or­derly man­ner; and con­struc­tion of the pro­vin­cial and mu­nic­i­pal gar­dens have en­tered pro­mo­tional stages.

So far, 51 of the out­door ex­hi­bi­tion gar­dens have been con­structed in­clud­ing for 31 provinces and mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties; Hong Kong, Ma­cao and Tai­wan; and 17 do­mes­tic en­ter­prises. Some of the gar­dens are al­ready com­plete. More in­ter­na­tional gar­dens than orig­i­nally planned will ex­ist, and their con­struc­tion is on sched­ule. So far, 104 coun­tries and in­ter­na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tions have con­firmed their par­tic­i­pa­tion in the Beijing Expo 2019. Fifty-nine coun­tries and in­ter­na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tions in­clud­ing Japan, In­dia, Ger­many and the In­ter­na­tional Net­work for Bam­boo and Rat­tan (INBAR) have be­gun con­struc­tion of their gar­dens and ex­hi­bi­tion ar­eas. At present, prepa­ra­tion for op­er­a­tions dur­ing the expo pe­riod have reached their pre­lim­i­nary com­ple­tion; tick­et­ing plans and poli­cies have been es­tab­lished, and tick­et­ing en­ter­prises have been se­lected. Air China, Bank of Beijing, CYTS, Vanke Group, Shunxin Hold­ing Group, Beijing Au­to­mo­bile Works Group, Baidu, Jing­dong Group and China Tele­com have signed on as global part­ners of the Beijing Expo 2019. Twenty-two li­censed prod­uct man­u­fac­tur­ers, such as Beijing Gong­mei Group and Beijing Honav Group, have been se­lected and have de­vel­oped more than 800 li­censed prod­ucts, of which, over 500 have al­ready gone on sale. The sec­ond batch of am­bas­sadors for the expo will be re­vealed to the pub­lic in the near fu­ture. The first large-scale Chi­nese plant-based doc­u­men­tary, Chi­nese Plants that Changed the World, was planned and shot by the Beijing Expo's Co­or­di­na­tion Bu­reau and has en­tered post-pro­duc­tion. It will be screened when the expo opens in 2019.

Prepa­ra­tions for the Beijing Expo 2019 are en­ter­ing their fi­nal stages. The fi­nal touches are be­ing added to en­gi­neer­ing projects, ex­hi­bi­tions are be­ing ar­ranged and op­er­a­tions are be­ing guar­an­teed. In the near fu­ture, rel­e­vant poli­cies re­lated to vol­un­teer­ing will also be re­leased and re­cruit­ment work will be launched.

A choral per­for­mance mark­ing the 200-day count­down to Beijing Expo 2019

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