200 Days and Counting: Beijing Expo 2019
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