G20 Sum­mit Venue Wel­comes New Era of Con­ven­tions and Ex­hi­bi­tions

China Today (English) - - INTERNATIONAL INTERACTION - By LI MEI

THIS land­mark is a very spe­cial con­fer­ence venue. In Septem­ber 2016 the Hangzhou In­ter­na­tional Expo Cen­ter in Zhe­jiang Prov­ince made head­lines on its de­but as the pri­mary venue for the G20 Sum­mit. Since of­fi­cially open­ing to the pub­lic a month later, busi­ness has boomed. As at the end of Fe­bru­ary 2017, the expo cen­ter has hosted nearly 300 con­fer­ences and over 500,000 sq m of ex­hi­bi­tion space, re­ceiv­ing around 600,000 vis­its. The arena is fully booked right up to the year 2022. Its re­mark­able achieve­ment is not only a mir­a­cle in the con­ven­tion and ex­hi­bi­tion in­dus­try, but also adds im­pe­tus to this field.

A Glo­ri­ous Start

On Septem­ber 4-5, 2016, lead­ers of the G20 mem­ber coun­tries and eight guest na­tions, along with seven rep­re­sen­ta­tives of in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions, shared their thoughts and pro­posed strate­gies for ad­dress­ing global chal­lenges at the Hangzhou In­ter­na­tional Expo Cen­ter. This re­mark­able venue wit­nessed the ex­pound­ing of Chi­nese wis­dom and an in­crease in the reach of China’s in­flu­ence.

Since the G20 Sum­mit, the venue has be­come a cen­ter for a di­verse range of groups to hold var­i­ous kinds of events. For ex­am­ple, may­ors of ma­jor ci­ties from the Yangtze River Delta gath­ered in the expo cen­ter last De­cem­ber to dis­cuss ways to fa­cil­i­tate re­gional eco­nomic in­te­gra­tion and trans­form the re­gion into a world-level city clus­ter. The expo cen­ter pro­vided ex­cel­lent ser­vices to the sym­po­sium, demon­strat­ing its com­mit­ment to the high- end con­ven­tion and ex­hi­bi­tion in­dus­try.

More­over, the Global E- com­merce Lead­ers Sum­mit, held last Oc­to­ber, de­cided to use nearly 20,000 sq m of the space for ex­hi­bi­tions and 5,000 sq m for con­fer­ences. At the expo cen­ter, ex­perts and e-busi­ness giants from all over the world en­vi­sioned the fu­ture of cross­bor­der e-com­merce. In Fe­bru­ary 2017, the expo cen­ter again drew at­ten­tion when a large num­ber of sports stars came to at­tend the pro­vin­cial sports award cer­e­mony.

Hold­ing im­por­tant ac­tiv­i­ties en­ables Hangzhou In­ter­na­tional Expo Cen­ter to re­ally stand out. A key project, jointly con­structed by the man­age­ment com­mit­tee of Qian­jiang Cen­tury City and North Star Events, the expo cen­ter presents an im­age of pro­fes­sion­al­ism and ex­em­plary qual­ity. The ar­chi­tec­ture blends in­ter­na­tional trends and lo­cal char­ac­ter­is­tics, so com­bin­ing great com­pe­tence with lim­it­less po­ten­tial.

Out­stand­ing Ap­pear­ance and Com­pe­tency

To show­case Chi­nese de­sign el­e­ments dur­ing the Hangzhou G20 Sum­mit, mod­ern and clas­si­cal styles were com­bined in the ar­chi­tec­ture of the expo cen­ter. Ev­ery de­tail – from the ex­te­rior to in­te­rior de­sign – rep­re­sents China’s grandeur, but also a sense of peace and right­eous­ness. Per­fectly in­te­grat­ing the grace of a re­spon­si­ble world power with the ex­quis­ite charm of Hangzhou City into this mag­nif­i­cent build­ing, em­body­ing re­fine­ment, orig­i­nal­ity, style and spe­cial lo­cal fea­tures, shows ex­tra­or­di­nary cre­ativ­ity.

A hang­ing gar­den in the venue, the largest of its kind in Asia, is a fo­cal

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