Bei­jing to light up with 3D, lasers for Na­tional Day events

China Daily (USA) - - TOP NEWS - By ZHENG JINRAN zhengjin­ran@chi­nadaily.

All flower beds for this year’s Na­tional Day cel­e­bra­tions on Tian’an­men Square and along Chang’an Av­enue will be made us­ing 3D print­ing, the Bei­jing Bureau of Land­scape and Forestry has said.

Last year, only the gi­gan­tic flower bas­ket on Tian’an­men Square was made with the 3D process.

Laser pro­jec­tion will also be used for the first time at night on the square, and 167,000 pots of a new type of chrysan­the­mum, cul­ti­vated in Bei­jing, will be pre­sented for the first time, the bureau said on Thurs­day.

Themes such as the Win­ter Olympics, which will be held in Bei­jing and Zhangji­akou in 2022, and the Long March, whose 80th an­niver­sary is be­ing marked this year, will be in­te­grated into the flower dec­o­ra­tion de­signs.

A gi­gan­tic flower bas­ket com­posed of peonies and lo­tus will be erected at Tian’an­men Square, the core area for the holiday dec­o­ra­tions.

The bas­ket, made through 3D print­ing, will be 17 me­ters tall, with a di­am­e­ter of 50 me­ters, ac­cord­ing to the bureau.

Build­ing of the huge flower bas­ket will be­gin on the night of Sept 17 af­ter the Bei­jing Marathon con­cludes, mak­ing it the lat­est start date in 32 years.

It is ex­pected to be com­pleted by Sept 25 and will stay un­til mid Oc­to­ber, said Yang Zhi­hua, head of the ur­ban forestry depart­ment of the Land­scape and Forestry Bureau.

Yu Xue­bin, head of the com­pany in charge of presenting and main­tain­ing the flow­ers, said one can get the best pho­tos about 30 me­ters away from the gi­ant bas­ket.

Dec­o­rat­ing Tian’an­men Square and Chang’an Av­enue has be­come a rit­ual for decades to cel­e­brate Na­tional Day on Oct 1.

Ac­cord­ing to me­dia re­ports, the flower dec­o­ra­tions at Dong­dan on Chang’an Av­enue will in­clude a “bridge” that can carry the weight of a car.

The “bridge” will be made of about 20,000 translu­cent bricks, each con­tain­ing the na­tional flower of one of more than 80 coun­tries along the an­cient Silk Road and the Mar­itime Silk Road.

The 28 me­ter long bridge will use Zhaozhou Bridge, a 1,400 year old stone arch bridge in He­bei prov­ince, as the pro­to­type. Zhang Yanchen, a 29 year old Bei­jing res­i­dent, said on Fri­day that he looks for­ward to see­ing the bridge flower dec­o­ra­tion. “Be­cause of the splen­did flower dec­o­ra­tion, driv­ing along Chang’an Av­enue will be­come a per­fect de­light.”

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