China Daily (USA) - - LIFE - ByWANG YING in Shanghai and SHI XIAOFENG in­Wuzhen, Zhe­jiang wang_y­ing@chi­

With the com­ple­tion of the newly built Wuzhen In­ter­net In­ter­na­tional Con­ven­tion Cen­ter, Wuzhen in Zhe­jiang province is ready for the Third World In­ter­net Con­fer­ence to tak­ing place fromWed­nes­day to Fri­day.

The new con­ven­tion cen­ter, with a floor area of 81,000 square me­ters, con­sists of a con­ven­tion cen­ter, a re­cep­tion cen­ter and an ex­hi­bi­tion cen­ter, and it has been des­ig­nated as the per­ma­nent venue for the global event.

The per­ma­nent host of the an­nual WIC, Wuzhen is cov­ered with con­nected wa­ter­ways, and more than 80 stone bridges, re­sem­bling the in­ter­net spirit of con­nec­tiv­ity.

The cen­ter was de­signed by Wang Shu, the first Chi­nese win­ner of the Pritzker Prize, the world’s top ar­chi­tec­tural prize.

The con­fer­ence cen­ter is a mix­ture of tra­di­tional Chi­nese ar­chi­tec­ture and mod­ern char­ac­ter­is­tics. The build­ing is cov­ered with 2.6 mil­lion gray tiles, a tra­di­tional roof ma­te­rial used in Jiang­nan — the ar­eas south of the lower reaches of the Yangtze River.

Dur­ing the three-day event, the con­ven­tion cen­ter will host the open­ing and clos­ing cer­e­monies, panel ses­sions, and showcase the lat­est in­no­va­tions and tech­no­log­i­cal de­vel­op­ments in the in­ter­net. The eight pavil­ions of the ex­hi­bi­tion cen­ter will host the Light of the In­ter­net Ex­po­si­tion.

For the first time, this year’s Light of the In­ter­net Ex­po­si­tion will be open to the pub­lic with free ac­cess.

More than 310 tech­nol­ogy cor­po­ra­tions, in­clud­ing big-name en­ter­prises such as Mi­crosoft Corp, IBM Corp, SAP SE, Al­ibaba GroupHold­ing Ltd, Ten­cent Hold­ings Ltd and Baidu Inc, will send del­e­gates to the WIC this year.

Or­ga­niz­ers have se­lected 10 lo­ca­tions in­Wuzhen and the nearby area for lead­ers of pres­ti­gious com­pa­nies to so­cial­ize in.

In or­der to bet­ter serve its in­ter­na­tional guests, there will be 1,024 vol­un­teers to pro­vide for­eign lan­guage trans­la­tion ser­vices dur­ing the con­fer­ence.

Af­ter three years of devel­op­ment, Wuzhen is now equipped with 26 10-gi­ga­bit op­ti­cal ca­bles and has launched a group of smart pro­grams, such as the Zhe­jiang big data trad­ing cen­ter and 5G in­ter­net of ve­hi­cles, smart se­cu­rity, smart tourism, smart el­derly care and smart med­i­cal care.

Zhe­jiang province is well-known for its in­ter­net-re­lated in­dus­try. To date, about 80 per­cent of the na­tion’s on­line re­tail, 70 per­cent on­line ex­ports, as well as 60 per­cent on­line busi­ness-to-busi­ness trades are con­ducted through e-com­merce plat­forms in Zhe­jiang.

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