Liangyue Study: Bring­ing Books to the Masses

Beijing (English) - - CONTENTS - Trans­lated by Re­becca Lou Edited by David Ball Pho­tos by Qu Bowei

Langyuan Park, a sis­ter project of Langyuan Vin­tage, is an ex­am­ple for Bei­jing’s cul­tural and cre­ative parks and will be­come a na­tional-level cul­tural and cre­ative demon­stra­tion zone and also a new call­ing card for Shi­jing­shan Dis­trict.

May you be warm in spring and win­ter,

May you have light when it's dark and an um­brella in the rain,

May you not let time slip away and stay close with your friends,

May your loved ones greet you in the morn­ing,

May you not feel lonely when­ever you're on your own,

May you see right from wrong and still be kind,

May you al­ways have Langyuan Liangyue to keep you com­pany.”

These lines were posted on Langyuan's Wechat pub­lic ac­count in sum­mer this year. But what ex­actly is “Langyuan Liangyue”? It is in fact a new pub­lic read­ing space in the west of Bei­jing, lo­cated in Shi­jing­shan Dis­trict.

Lo­cated north to Babaoshan Sta­tion on Sub­way Line 1, Langyuan Liangyue Study fea­tures floor-to-ceil­ing win­dows and var­i­ous types of plants.

The study is out­fit­ted with long wooden tables, stair­case-style seat­ing and exquisitely-made tables and chairs that pro­vide read­ers with a com­fort­able read­ing space. The most at­trac­tive part of the study is the 6,000 new books on the shelves. "The books have been pro­vided to us by the Shi­jing­shan Dis­trict Cul­tural Com­mit­tee and the Shi­jing­shan Dis­trict Li­brary," ex­plained Lü Jia, the gen­eral man­ager of Langyuan Park. “Cit­i­zens can come here free of charge." At its en­trance, there is

a sign which reads, "Bei­jing Shi­jing­shan Dis­trict Li­brary-langyuan Liangyue Study Branch.” This lo­ca­tion is part of a cam­paign to pro­mote read­ing among the pub­lic.

From Old Mar­ket to Ur­ban Study Space

Stand­ing in the open space in the north of the study and look­ing out through the glass win­dows, one can see an an­cient tower. On it is a time-worn in­scrip­tion which reads "Chong­guo Tem­ple Shi­fang." The tower here was built dur­ing the Yuan Dy­nasty around 700 years ago and is one of sev­eral tow­ers in the North Chong­guo Tem­ple com­plex, built and founded in 1287 by Ab­bot Dingyan. Three ab­bots, in­clud­ing Dingyan, Lon­ganx­u­an­gong, and Dingzhi are all buried here. In the early days of the Lib­er­a­tion of China, there were still seven tow­ers in the north­ern yard and three in the south­ern yard. To­day, the only re­main­ing Yuan Dy­nasty tower is si­t­u­ated in the north­ern yard. The 9-me­tre­tall brick-cov­ered Lama Tower is built on top of a square-shaped foun­da­tion and is char­ac­ter­is­tic of lama tow­ers from the Yuan Dy­nasty. Be­low is the sa­cred Sumeru foun­da­tion, also called Va­jrasana, which is the pedestal for the Bud­dha and Bod­hisattva. The tower it­self con­tains Bud­dhist stat­ues, scrip­tures, valu­ables and grains. The top of the tower is en­cir­cled by thir­teen rings, rep­re­sent­ing the thir­teen stages of the Bud­dha's cul­ti­va­tion, and the top of the tower is com­posed of a sun, moon and stars.

The an­cient tower out­side the win­dow stands qui­etly as a re­minder of the past. Langyuan Park may be home to mod­ern build­ings nowa­days, but it was once a chaotic mar­ket sell­ing an­tiques, hand­i­crafts and sec­ond- hand goods. As a key project in the cap­i­tal's cam­paign to re­lo­cate, ren­o­vate and im­prove the city, Shi­jing­shan Dis­trict be­gan dis­man­tling the 70,000- squareme­tre ( sq. m) flea mar­ket which had stood for more than 20 years, and even­tu­ally closed it down. Af­ter the mar­ket shut, the area was re­fur­bished and given a facelift. The tra­di­tional Chi­nese- style ar­chi­tec­ture in the area has been pre­served and ren­o­vated, and the area has be­come a cul­tural art cen­tre with of­fices, green spa­ces, gourmet food and cre­ative de­sign.

To make a dif­fer­ence re­quires the right time, right place and right peo­ple. In Fe­bru­ary 2014 and 2017, Gen­eral Sec­re­tary Xi Jin­ping made two in­spec­tions of Bei­jing, is­su­ing im­por­tant in­struc­tions on key is­sues in­clud­ing re­lo­cat­ing Bei­jing's non- cap­i­tal in­fra­struc­ture, in­te­grat­ing the Bei­jingTian­jin-he­bei re­gions, and on the 2022 Olympic and Par­a­lympic Win­ter Games. As one of Bei­jing's six ur­ban dis­tricts, Shi­jing­shan is an im­por­tant part of the city and the western gate of the cap­i­tal, fea­tur­ing the land­mark Chang'an Street which runs through the whole dis­trict. Shi­jing­shan Dis­trict has fol­lowed the plan to “in­te­grate land­scapes and con­struct the cap­i­tal's west gate.” Its new po­si­tion in the de­vel­op­ment of the city lends vi­sion to fu­ture de­vel­op­ment. It aims to be­come a “Na­tional Green Trans­for­ma­tion De­vel­op­ment Demon­stra­tion Zone” and the “Na­tional Pub­lic Cul­tural Ser­vice Sys­tem Demon­stra­tion Zone." Langyuan Park is un­doubt­edly a ben­e­fi­ciary of the de­vel­op­ment cur­rently tak­ing place in Shi­jing­shan.

High-end and green trans­for­ma­tion is not only a key phrase in the de­vel­op­ment of Shi­jing­shan, but also a gen­eral guide­line for the en­tire dis­trict in en­hanc­ing ser­vices, im­prov­ing ur­ban fea­tures and seek­ing ro­bust de­vel­op­ment. In March 2017, Shi­jing­shan launched a spe­cial, largescale cam­paign to dis­man­tle unau­tho­rised con­struc­tion. Cre­at­ing more space, in­creas­ing green space and up­grad­ing in­dus­tries in Shi­jing­shan be­came the talk of the city.

In 2017, Shi­jing­shan de­mol­ished a to­tal of 3.9 mil­lion sq.m, ex­ceed­ing the to­tal sum of that de­mol­ished over the past 20 years in the dis­trict. As part of the spe­cial cam­paign within the city, Shi­jing­shan has main­tained a lead­ing po­si­tion in all 16 dis­tricts and coun­ties. It has built an in­fra­struc­ture and en­vi­ron­ment which is well-suited for liv­ing and com­merce. Shi­jing­shan Dis­trict has pri­ori­tised the plan­ning of projects re­lated to peo­ple's liveli­hood and plans to build ad­di­tional park­ing, pub­lic con­ve­nience fa­cil­i­ties and green spa­ces, as well as carry out high-end ren­o­va­tion and other in­fra­struc­ture projects with the aim of pro­vid­ing more pleas­ant spa­ces for its res­i­dents. Langyuan Park is one of these high-end projects and part of the trans­for­ma­tion and up­grad­ing of the col­lec­tively-owned econ­omy. As such, it un­der­takes the im­por­tant task of up­grad­ing the Shi­jing­shan cul­tural and cre­ative in­dus­try.

On June 1, 2017, the Shi­jing­shan In­vest­ment Pro­mo­tion Bu­reau in­tro­duced

Langyuan Park, a pub­lic cul­tural project fo­cused on de­vel­op­ing the cul­tural and cre­ative in­dus­try.

On the evening of July 29, 2018, "Langyuan Liangyue Study" was un­veiled amid the chirp­ing of ci­cadas. With a small court­yard filled with flow­ers and but­ter­flies, the Liangyue Study en­tered pub­lic con­scious­ness in a rather lit­er­ary way.

Peking Opera is the quintessence of China, and the clas­sic work "Leg­end of the White Snake—bro­ken Bridge" is a bright pearl in this crown. Se­lected scenes fea­tur­ing White Snake, Green Snake and Xu Xian were per­formed at the open­ing; the cos­tumes and gor­geous vo­cals show­ing off the charm of Peking Opera.

In ad­di­tion to the per­for­mance, Liangyue Study also pre­sented two ex­cit­ing ex­hi­bi­tions. One was a pho­tog­ra­phy col­lec­tion ti­tled "Ts­ing Yi Zhang Huod­ing" re­lated to Peking Opera. Sev­eral books pro­moted on the ex­hi­bi­tion's plat­forms showed the ex­tra­or­di­nary charm of this fa­mous Peking Opera per­former. Zhang Huod­ing pro­duced a se­ries of clas­sics in both tra­di­tional opera and mod­ern drama, such as Lock Lin Nang and Jiang Jie. The other ex­hi­bi­tion was for chil­dren's books. In or­der to pro­vide the pub­lic with ac­cess to high-qual­ity chil­dren's books and ex­plore the in­fi­nite pos­si­bil­i­ties through read­ing, Liangyue Study joined hands with pub­lisher Duku to host a month­long ex­hi­bi­tion. The books ex­hib­ited cover gen­res such as tra­di­tional cul­ture, bi­ogra­phies, pop­u­lar sci­ence and many oth­ers. The par­ent-child ac­tiv­i­ties also al­low both adults and chil­dren alike to ex­pe­ri­ence a won­der­ful book tour and feel the joy of read­ing.

“On the open­ing day, we pre­pared 40 seats,” ex­plained gen­eral man­ager Lü Jia. “In to­tal more than 60 fam­i­lies came and many par­ents brought their chil­dren, mean­ing there were more than 100 peo­ple. It was re­ally crowded, and many said they didn't mind stand­ing.” The pop­u­lar­ity took staff by sur­prise. “We had done a lot of work in ad­vance, in­clud­ing mar­ket re­search and so on, so we knew that there was a big de­mand for read­ing spa­ces in Shi­jing­shan, es­pe­cially pub­lic spa­ces like ours.”

"In 2018, Langyuan came to Shi­jing­shan to build Langyuan Park. With the strong sup­port of the Shi­jing­shan In­vest­ment Pro­mo­tion Bu­reau and Shi­jing­shan Dis­trict Cul­tural Com­mit­tee, we es­tab­lished Liangyue Study,” Lü Jia an­nounced dur­ing the open­ing cer­e­mony.

Liangyue on the Doorstep

"Liangyue Study" is well-known to many book lovers. 81-year- old Tai­wanese writer Bai Xiany­ong used to give lec­tures to over 600 read­ers at Langyuan Vin­tage in Bei­jing's CBD area. He re­called the tragic charm of A Dream of the Red Man­sions through a lec­ture or­gan­ised by Liangyue Ur­ban Study, a new 24hour li­brary jointly cre­ated by Langyuan and the Chaoyang Dis­trict govern­ment.

Cov­er­ing 370 sq.m, the study has over 2,500 books avail­able to bor­row­ers, and since open­ing in Novem­ber 2017, has hosted over 60 ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing lec­tures, salons, mas­ter classes, film screen­ings, con­certs, art ex­hi­bi­tions, plays and per­for­mances. Here, par­tic­i­pants can ex­pe­ri­ence the charm of art and read­ing.

Ev­ery Langyuan has a cer­tain amount of space set aside for pub­lic cul­tural ser­vices to serve the sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties. Langyuan, which has been op­er­at­ing for eight years now, has proved widely pop­u­lar with peo­ple in Bei­jing with its Mas­ter classes, film screen­ings, Yushe Per­form­ing Arts, Vin­tage Art, Youth In­de­pen­dent Ed­u­ca­tion Camp, Borderless Pub­lic Wel­fare, and Con­cert pro­grammes. At Lan­guyuan you are spoilt for choice: You can come watch a movie on the week­end, at­tend a read­ing sa­lon, or at­tend a class with friends.

When the res­i­dents of Shi­jing­shan heard that Langyuan was plan­ning on open­ing a new park here, they were ex­tremely ex­cited. “Read­ers here are dif­fer­ent from those at Langyuan Vin­tage in the CBD area. The lo­ca­tion here is closer to or­di­nary peo­ple who have great cul­tural and artis­tic needs.” It is a real bless­ing to be able to en­joy a feast of high-end cul­ture without hav­ing to make the trek across Bei­jing any­more.

"I heard that a li­brary was com­ing to Shi­jing­shan. I've been com­ing here to check, and won­dered when they'd be open­ing to the pub­lic. Now I come al­most ev­ery day to read,” a 72-year- old re­tiree sur­named Wei said. “I used to be a teacher and loved read­ing. Now I'm re­tired, I was look­ing for a good place in my neigh­bour­hood to read. You see, I bring my grand­son. He's 7 years old and he re­ally loves read­ing." Wei pointed to the stairs, where his grand­son was sat read­ing at­ten­tively.

Wei is rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the read­ers who live in western Bei­jing, es­pe­cially in Shi­jing­shan Dis­trict. It is the ex­pec­ta­tions of peo­ple like him that con­sol­i­dated Langyuan Park's re­solve to pro­vide pub­lic cul­tural ser­vices in Shi­jing­shan Dis­trict. Langyuan Park re­pro­duces and up­grades the ma­ture op­er­a­tion mode of Langyuan Vin­tage Art Cen­tre and Liangyue Ur­ban Study. It pro­vides more open and sharable spa­ces which are plat­forms and car­ri­ers of Langyuan's pub­lic cul­ture ser­vices. It aims to “cre­ate an en­vi­ron­ment where the read­ers meet cul­ture and art, cre­at­ing more sur­prises and touch­ing mo­ments.” Per­haps, in the near fu­ture, there will be more “Langyuan fans” and “Liangyue Study fans” just like Wei.

En­joy­ing Read­ing Sur­rounded by Books

As a pub­lic wel­fare study, Liangyue Study in Langyuan Park has in­jected new vi­tal­ity into Shi­jing­shan Dis­trict and even the greater western Bei­jing area. Gen­eral man­ager Lü Jia ex­plained: “Our col­lec­tion is mainly made up of the 6,000 books sup­plied by the Shi­jing­shan Dis­trict Li­brary. Read­ers can bor­row any book for free us­ing their Bei­jing pub­lic li­brary all-pur­pose card. They can also re­turn books here that are bor­rowed from other li­braries.” Be­hind her the book­shelves were full of all kinds of new books. A man car­ry­ing a back­pack en­tered, looked around, and went di­rectly to the “self-ser­vice bor­row and re­turn ma­chine” in an open area be­side the book­shelves. Mr. Zhang, ex­plained as he took two books from his back­pack, “I came to re­turn some books; it's my first time here.” Soon, with the as­sis­tance of a staff mem­ber, he had re­turned two books he had bor­rowed from Shi­jing­shan Dis­trict Li­brary via the self-ser­vice ma­chine. He added, “I'll def­i­nitely come back here to read and bor­row books. It's also re­ally con­ve­nient be­ing able to re­turn books here.” For Mr. Zhang, this lo­ca­tion is much closer to his home.

“All-pur­pose cards” are a spe­cial mem­ber­ship card cov­er­ing the whole pub­lic li­brary net­work in Bei­jing. Read­ers with these cards can bor­row books from and re­turn them to any mem­ber li­brary in the net­work, no mat­ter which dis­trict the li­brary is in. Hav­ing joined the sys­tem, Langyuan Study, with its rich col­lec­tion of books, con­ve­nient trans­porta­tion and ease of bor­row­ing and re­turn­ing, has been warmly wel­comed by read­ers. To be more ex­act, Liangyue Study is ac­tu­ally a branch of Shi­jing­shan Dis­trict Li­brary.

“I live nearby, so as soon as I heard about it from my Wechat mo­ments, I came over with my son.” Ms. Li and her five-yearold son, who of­ten used to visit Xi­dan Book Build­ing, feel ex­cited to have this study so near their home. “It's very cozy here. It's spa­cious, bright, there's plenty of seats and green plants. Plus, it also sup­plies drinks such as cof­fee and min­eral wa­ter. My son and I can en­joy our­selves read­ing here.” Be­side the self-ser­vice ma­chines, there is

also a “Shi­jing­shan dig­i­tal re­sources me­dia ma­chine” which read­ers can use to search for in­for­ma­tion by them­selves, and on the left side of the en­trance, there is a “pub­lic elec­tronic read­ing room.” Liangyue Study has en­riched cul­tural life in western Bei­jing and met read­ers' need for a li­brary near their homes.

Read­ers here can not only check the avail­abil­ity of books and their bor­row­ing his­tory via the In­ter­net, but also down­load e-books and mag­a­zines free of charge via the “cloud book bor­row­ing.” Lü Jia ex­plained that Liangyue Study has im­proved the di­vi­sion of the func­tional ar­eas: “The study is di­vided into read­ing ex­pe­ri­ence area, chil­dren's read­ing area, cre­ative hand­i­crafts ex­pe­ri­ence area and in­ter­ac­tive com­mu­ni­ca­tion area.” Vis­i­tors can en­joy read­ing, share mo­ments with friends, en­joy fam­ily time, watch ex­hi­bi­tions and lis­ten to con­certs and lec­tures here. “As a pub­lic wel­fare li­brary, we use books as a bin­der and po­si­tion our­selves as a space for off­line ex­pe­ri­ences. Through multi-di­men­sional cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties and fans op­er­a­tion of the mem­ber plat­form, we are ex­plor­ing the cul­tural value of books. The lim­ited phys­i­cal space has been ex­panded to a broader cul­tural ex­pe­ri­ence and ex­change plat­form.” The seem­ingly sim­ple and rou­tine op­er­a­tion has ben­e­fited from the man­age­ment team's in-depth un­der­stand­ing of and com­mit­ment to its orig­i­nal aspi­ra­tion.

The sim­ple but mod­ern li­brary is sur­rounded by floor-to-ceil­ing glass win­dows on three sides. No mat­ter the sea­son or where read­ers sit, they are guar­an­teed good light­ing, a silent en­vi­ron­ment and an en­joy­able read­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

Be­side the glass win­dows and green ba­nana leaves, a mother and her five-yearold daugh­ter sat on the stair­case read­ing a pic­ture book of Zhuangzhou's But­ter­fly Dream. The lit­tle girl, hold­ing a cud­dly toy pro­vided by the li­brary, smiled and said, “I like read­ing here. My mum tells sto­ries to me.” In the cre­ative hand­i­craft ex­pe­ri­ence area, sev­eral chil­dren were play­ing with colour­ful toy bricks, with many par­ents com­pli­ment­ing it as a good choice for spend­ing fam­ily time.

The fur­ni­ture of the study was cus­tom­made in dif­fer­ent shapes to pro­vide read­ers with a more spa­cious and com­fort­able read­ing space. The fur­ni­ture can be moved and com­bined to sat­isfy the de­mands of dif­fer­ent events, such as lec­tures, con­certs and the­atri­cal per­for­mances. “Be­sides be­ing a study, it's also an ur­ban cul­tural plat­form. We or­gan­ise dif­fer­ent on­line and off­line events, and strive to cre­ate a book­cen­tred in­ter­ac­tive multi-scene cul­tural space, in­te­grat­ing prod­uct ex­pe­ri­ence, life­style im­mer­sion and re­fined cul­tural and cre­ative prod­ucts ex­hi­bi­tion. We hope to pro­vide read­ers with ‘abun­dant, con­ve­nient, ef­fi­cient and com­fort­able' cul­tural ex­pe­ri­ences and make this place into an im­por­tant cul­tural land­mark in Shi­jing­shan Dis­trict.” Liangyue Study's care­ful re­search into the types of read­ers in western Bei­jing and up­grad­ing of the op­er­a­tion con­cept, all bode well for the fu­ture.

Pub­lic Sit­ting-room

“No­tice: From to­day on, ‘Liangyue Study' will be open from 10:00 to 18:00,” read a mes­sage on Langyuan Park's Wechat pub­lic ac­count posted on Septem­ber 7, 2018. Just over a month af­ter the trial op­er­a­tion, the study ex­tended its busi­ness hours at the re­quest of read­ers.

On Septem­ber 8, only one day af­ter the no­tice, it an­nounced an even more in­spir­ing mes­sage: “The first batch of young vol­un­teers has joined the study.” Orig­i­nally, equipped with a man­age­ment team and daily op­er­a­tion team pro­vid­ing ba­sic ser­vices, the young vol­un­teers now act both as read­ers and man­age­ment staff. They soon took up their role of main­tain­ing a pleas­ant read­ing en­vi­ron­ment in the study. “In just two days last week­end, we re­ceived 300 teams of read­ers... In our on­line cha­t­room, hun­dreds of read­ers in­ter­act and com­mu­ni­cate with each other. Plus, there are more sim­i­lar cha­t­rooms com­ing soon...” Since its open­ing, Liangyue Study has been wel­com­ing in­creas­ing num­bers of read­ers. Cop­ing with the study's pop­u­lar­ity has been the pri­mary chal­lenge in ef­fec­tively main­tain­ing the read­ing en­vi­ron­ment and cre­at­ing a more read­ing- cen­tric at­mo­sphere. In or­der to bet­ter spread the joy of read­ing and cre­ate a shared read­ing space, Liangyue Study re­cruited young vol­un­teers, “Good morn­ing. This is the self-ser­vice bor­row­ing and lend­ing ma­chine,” “Sir, please mind your step.” It is be­lieved that the ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing as vol­un­teers here will help in­stil a love of read­ing in more young peo­ple, mak­ing them more ready to help, bet­ter at com­mu­ni­cat­ing and more ded­i­cated.

On Septem­ber 5, Yu Changhui, the party sec­re­tary of Shi­jing­shan Dis­trict,

vis­ited Langyuan Park. He spoke highly of Langyuan's op­er­a­tion con­cept of cre­at­ing an open and shar­ing space, ur­ban square plan­ning, pub­lic cul­tural ser­vices and a dig­i­tal park. “Cul­ture is like a river. Langyuan Park will surely lead the cul­tural de­vel­op­ment of Shi­jing­shan Dis­trict.”

Mak­ing full use of the ex­ist­ing build­ings and fa­cil­i­ties of the orig­i­nal mar­ket, and em­brac­ing the de­sign and op­er­a­tion con­cepts of “open” and “shar­ing,” Langyuan Park in­te­grates ecol­ogy, land­scap­ing, cul­tural and art ac­tiv­i­ties, “in­tel­li­gent park” and ur­ban busi­nesses, to achieve a borderless con­nec­tion be­tween the park and the sur­round­ing ur­ban land­scape.

At the end of the sum­mer, the wil­low leaves sway in front of the an­cient walls, bam­boo flour­ishes be­side the moon gate, and the tra­di­tional style court­yard well per­fectly com­ple­ments the Liangyue Study. Langyuan Park also takes the sur­round­ing ur­ban green belts into full con­sid­er­a­tion. Ad­her­ing to the ren­o­va­tion con­cept of “green, eco­log­i­cal and cre­ative,” a sunken out­door ac­tiv­ity space was in­te­grated into the ur­ban green belt, sur­round­ing Langyuan Park like a “river of art,” form­ing an art park on the north side of Chang'an Street.

Langyuan Park will be­come a cul­tural gate­way, fo­cus­ing on con­tent pro­duc­tion cen­tred around cul­tural and cre­ative sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy, film and tele­vi­sion re­search and de­vel­op­ment, cul­ture and art, and youth ed­u­ca­tion. The shared ex­pe­ri­ence area mainly in­cludes Bei­jing life­style ex­pe­ri­ence, flex­i­ble spa­ces and shared spa­ces. The low-den­sity eco­log­i­cal area fea­tures en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly build­ings, clean en­ergy, land­scap­ing and a court­yard. The con­cept of “borderless and lim­it­less” not only refers to the site's po­si­tion­ing, but also to pop­u­lar­is­ing pub­lic wel­fare con­cepts us­ing sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy, art and cul­ture. Its aim is to at­tract more read­ers to par­tic­i­pate in pub­lic wel­fare ac­tiv­i­ties.

Fol­low­ing the open­ing of Liangyue Study, Pixel Gallery and Qishe Life Aes­thet­ics Mu­seum, the “7th Langyuan In­ter­na­tional Cre­ative Cul­ture Fes­ti­val” will take place in au­tumn 2018. All three Langyuan parks will par­tic­i­pate in the fes­ti­val, whilst the Langyuan Park in Shi­jing­shan will be the main venue. Dur­ing the month-long fes­ti­val, a cul­tural feast of var­i­ous high- qual­ity ac­tiv­i­ties will be pre­sented to those liv­ing in western Bei­jing.

Fea­tur­ing the theme of “in­her­i­tance, in­te­gra­tion and in­no­va­tion,” the 7th Langyuan In­ter­na­tional Cre­ative Cul­ture Fes­ti­val will fo­cus on ur­ban re­newal and pub­lic cul­tural ser­vices; or­gan­ise a se­ries of cul­tural and cre­ative ac­tiv­i­ties in­volv­ing de­sign, art, ur­ban re­newal, ed­u­ca­tion, mu­sic and ex­hi­bi­tions; cre­ate a borderless art realm; and ex­plore new life pos­si­bil­i­ties in the name of cul­ture.

From an old mar­ket to an ur­ban study, this lo­cale has re­tained what makes it in­ter­est­ing. But what ex­cit­ing ac­tiv­i­ties will be held in Liangyue Study? There will be a large- scale chil­dren's pic­ture book ex­hi­bi­tion fea­tur­ing up to 1,500 books and a trea­sure hunt for chil­dren. The chil­dren will be se­lected on­line and di­vided into teams al­low­ing them to co­op­er­ate and learn whilst also hav­ing fun. There will also be a “Time”- themed fo­rum for read­ers to share in­sights and ex­change ideas on dif­fer­ent cul­tures, ex­plore what in­flu­ence these cul­tures have had on them, and look at meth­ods for pro­mot­ing in­di­vid­ual growth. There will also be a “Flag Talk” sports- themed youth speech com­pe­ti­tion, tea tast­ing party, oil paint­ing ex­hi­bi­tion, avi­a­tion show, chil­dren's char­ity flea mar­ket, and cul­tural and cre­ative read­ing fair. In ad­di­tion, Langyuan Park will be a sub- venue for Bei­jing De­sign Week, help­ing it in­vig­o­rate the pub­lic cul­ture of Shi­jing­shan.

Langyuan Park in Shi­jing­shan, as with its sis­ter-park of Langyuan Vin­tage in CBD—A brand demon­stra­tion park of cul­tural and cre­ative in­dus­trial parks in Bei­jing—along Chang'an Street, has in­tro­duced the ma­ture de­vel­op­ment mode and op­er­a­tion re­sources of the Langyuan brand. Through space rede­vel­op­ment, cul­tural im­plan­ta­tion and in­tel­li­gent man­age­ment, it is grad­u­ally be­com­ing a na­tional demon­stra­tion zone of the high- end cul­tural and cre­ative in­dus­try and a new call­ing card for Shi­jing­shan Dis­trict's cul­tural and cre­ative in­dus­try.

“We'll con­tinue to or­gan­ise dif­fer­ent cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties for our read­ers. We hope that they can re­dis­cover the joy of read­ing and a get a sense of be­long­ing.” With the rapid rise of Langyuan Park, Liangyue Study, the new land­mark of the cul­tural and cre­ative in­dus­try in Shi­jing­shan and even Bei­jing, is now a new cul­tural and cre­ative call­ing card, serv­ing as a pub­lic ser­vice plat­form that pro­vides read­ing for all and spreads the charm of read­ing.

In­side the Liangyue Study

Ar­chi­tec­tural el­e­ments in Langyuan Park

A read­ing and play area for chil­dren

A self-ser­vice ma­chine for bor­row­ing and re­turn­ing books

Drinks avail­able in the study

Pho­tos of a Peking Opera ac­tress on show

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