Young­sters rally for pro­tec­tion, her­itage ap­pli­ca­tion of Bei­jing’s Cen­tral Axis

Global Times – Metro Beijing - - ENTERPRISE -

The 2018 Bei­jing In­ter­na­tional Youth Tourism Fes­ti­val, hosted by the Bei­jing Mu­nic­i­pal Com­mis­sion of Tourism De­vel­op­ment (BMCTD), con­cluded in Lao She Tea­house on Oc­to­ber 26. More than 100 peo­ple in­clud­ing gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials, world trav­el­ers, in­ter­na­tional stu­dents, Chi­nese and for­eign me­dia were in­vited to the event. Wang Yue, deputy di­rec­tor of BMCTD and Lin Xiaomu, as­so­ciate re­searcher of the Xicheng dis­trict Com­mis­sion of Tourism De­vel­op­ment also at­tended the event.

Since the fes­ti­val was opened on July 10, hun­dreds of in­ter­na­tional stu­dents, travel ex­perts, and tourists from over 30 coun­tries and re­gions in­clud­ing Bri­tain, France, the US and Rus­sia par­tic­i­pated in the fes­ti­val, dip­ping them­selves in the knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence of his­tory, art, cus­toms, de­vel­op­ment and change along the Bei­jing Cen­tral Axis. The par­tic­i­pants vis­ited the scenic spots of the Cen­tral Axis in­clud­ing gar­dens, hu­tongs, for­mer res­i­dences of celebri­ties, old shops, and new ur­ban land­scapes. The his­tor­i­cal im­pe­rial episodes of Bei­jing cul­ture, folk art and cus­toms, city plan­ning and or­der is em­bed­ded in the Cen­tral Axis. The rapid de­vel­op­ment and changes of the city have all gave a deep im­pres­sion to the in­ter­na­tional par­tic­i­pants.

At the clos­ing cer­e­mony, a video sum­ma­riz­ing the event was played. The stu­dent rep­re­sen­ta­tive An­to­nio Roberto Quiroz Soto from Mex­ico, shared his ex­pe­ri­ences and feel­ings of par­tic­i­pat­ing in the ac­tiv­ity. He said that through walk­ing in Houhai, watch­ing per­form­ing rit­u­als at the Tem­ple of Heaven, drink­ing tea at Lao She Tea­house, his un­der­stand­ing about Bei­jing has deep­ened. An­to­nio said that these won­der­ful ex­pe­ri­ences will be cher­ished by him for­ever and he will spread the cul­ture of the Cen­tral Axis to his rel­a­tives and friends. Mary Kon­dakova, an­other for­eign stu­dent rep­re­sen­ta­tive, showed her love for the tra­di­tional Chi­nese opera and the Cen­tral Axis of Bei­jing to the au­di­ence with her crosstalk show at the clos­ing cer­e­mony.

Also at the event, in­ter­na­tional travel expert Jesse Ap­pell re­leased his “Top 10 Travel Routes for Chi­nese and For­eign Youth to Visit at the Cen­tral Axis.” Through per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ences, on­line sur­veys, and in­ter­views, the 10 routes were sum­ma­rized with each route hav­ing its dif­fer­ent fo­cus cater­ing to dif­fer­ent pref­er­ences of trav­el­ers. As an­other im­por­tant re­sult of the ac­tiv­ity, a video record­ing of the first-hand ex­pe­ri­ences of the in­ter­na­tional par­tic­i­pants ex­plor­ing the charms and beau­ties of the Cen­tral Axis were pre­sented in a way to of­fer their sup­port for the pro­tec­tion and her­itage ap­pli­ca­tion of the Cen­tral Axis. The par­tic­i­pants in the ac­tiv­ity ex­pressed their wishes for the ap­pli­ca­tion of the Cen­tral Axis and their love for Bei­jing.

Photo: Cour­tesy of 2018 Bei­jing In­ter­na­tional Youth Tourism Fes­ti­val

Par­tic­i­pants watch the show at the clos­ing cer­e­mony.

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