As the thirdWorld Internet Conference comes toWuzhen, visitors watch as the small water town leaps from its quaint and quiet past to a high-tech, cutting-edge future.
Asmall water town, Wuzhen is surprising the world by its transformation, stimulating new lifestyles with the development of the internet. The landscape is classical and elegant, filled with bridges, a gently flowing river, the sound of paddles stroking the water, the shadows of boats. Charming old houses with white walls and black tiles line the banks. However, the quaint nature of Wuzhen has not prevented its development.
The first online hospital was born inWuzhen. Citizens have been able to register for help from over 12,000 professionals and engage in consultations online since the end of 2015.
The energy of smart transportation has come toWuzhen as well. The 15G Car Network is helping drivers to make more accurate predictions about traffic; Baidu’s unmanned cars have been ready for visitors to experience during the conference— not to mention the smart parking robot, which can handle the dispatch of 500 cars at the same time.
The conference’s 1,600 honored guests including chairmen of international organizations, leaders of internet enterprises, web celebrities, experts and scholars have come from around 110 countries and 16 international organizations. They have participated in 16 forums on wide-ranging internet topics.
More than 300 internet enterprises joined The Light of Internet exposition, which presented the development of internet nationally and globally.
Wuzhen was selected to be the site for theWorld Internet Conference for three reasons. First, the internet economy inWuzhen is well-developed. Second, it is meaningful to use the charm of a small town, which has worked well for the annual Davos conference in Switzerland. Finally, Wuzhen is a town with rich Chinese traditional culture that locals can celebrate and visitors can savor.
Former Australian prime minister Bob Hawke gives a speech at the ongoing third World Internet Conference in Wuzhen, Zhejiang province.