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.

China Pictorial (English) - - Fea­tures - China Pic­to­rial Edited by Nancy Gong Venue

En­vi­ron­ment

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.

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