Hangzhou: Let’s Go!
Ime in the countdown to the 2016 G20 Summit is running thin. Is Hangzhou, the host, ready? How are preparations coming along? decided to take a look.
On August 4, 2016, Zhao Yide, Secretary of the CPC Hangzhou Municipal Committee, declared at the local government’s month-long countdown campaign that the city had completed 605 refurbishing projects in six categories to improve the environment, including 33 projects to upgrade the city entrances, 264 to beautify streets, removal of 10 million square meters of illegal buildings, and the reconstruction of over 9 million square meters of old housing and factory buildings in urban areas.
To guarantee good air quality during the G20 Summit, the municipal government of Hangzhou has invested heavily in atmospheric environmental control measures including strict supervision and control of coal burning, industrial emissions, vehicle exhaust and construction dust. To hopes of inspiring greater discussion of green transportation at the G20, the local government also introduced 22,000 new-energy automobiles and 500 purely electric buses.
At an August 15 press conference for the Hangzhou G20 Summit held by China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Zhao Yide announced that the main venue for the 11th Summit of the G20 Leaders Summit would be Hangzhou International Expo Center, and that the Business 20 Summit (B20) would be held at the International Conference Center.
According to Zhao, all venues for the Summit were refurbished, upgraded, and improved based on the original structure, featuring both local and more broadly Chinese characteristics. Spanning 170,000 square meters, Hangzhou International Expo Center is made up of 20 function areas including primary meeting rooms, banquet halls, reception halls, media space, and press release center. Together, they can accommodate 6,000 people.
Hangzhou International Conference Center consists of the main meeting hall, VIP rooms, and the rooms for bilateral meetings.
Separate venues for the Fourth G20 Sherpa Meeting and the G20 Finance and Central Bank Deputies Meeting are also made ready. Accommodations for state leaders, delegates, and media outlets have been arranged as well. By August 15, the majority of delegations had made reservations with hotels.