A Colourful Autumn City
Autumn is drawing to a close in Beijing. At this time of year, the colourful leaves and pleasant weather attract more visitors to the city's parks than usual. To help them find out about the latest goings- on, the Beijing Municipal Administration Center of Parks recently launched a programme called “Bianmin Xiaoxishu” (“Latest News Release”) on its official Weibo (Chinese app similar to Twitter) account, containing beautiful photographs of autumnal scenery.
Beijing always looks its most beautiful in autumn, as its historical sites and scenic spots are embellished by golden gingko trees. The Temple of Heaven features an avenue of gingkos that turns into a “golden corridor;” and the eastern part of Jingshan Park, an old imperial garden with traditional red walls and yellow tiles, is blanketed by golden leaves. The Altar of Land and Grain's inner courtyard in Zhongshan Park is lined with 18 deep- golden 50-year- old gingko trees. Inside Yuyuantan Park's west gate, a 100-metre-long footpath adjacent to the Kunyu River, can be found that provides visitors with a recreation space amidst colourful leaves and fresh air; and the Beijing Botanical Garden is dotted with golden gingkos, which turn the area into a yellowleafed village.
Visitors do not need to go to parks or resorts to enjoy autumnal scenery in Beijing as micro- gardens and pocket parks have appeared all across the city in a bid to improve its environment. In Beishungezhuang Village, Niulanshan Town, Shunyi District, there are two nearly-1,000-year- old gingko trees. They are hailed as “living fossils” by locals. These two ancient trees are surrounded by 10 of their descendants, the leaves of which have all turned an attractive golden colour. The magnificent Guancai Mountain in Fangshan District and the forest- covered Pofeng Ridge fascinate tourists with their special, autumnal landscapes. Jiangfu Park, in the vicinity of the East Fifth Ring Road in Chaoyang District, attracts countless photographers because of its birds, which include herons, night herons, egrets, kingfishers, mandarin ducks, green-winged teals and great reed warblers.
Beijing is becoming more beautiful as its ecology improves. The city has issued new policies and measures to improve the environment and benefit its residents. Recently, the People's Government of Beijing Municipality published the Opinions on Implementation of Measures to Promote the Protection and Green Development of Ecological Conservation Zones. It contains 16 policies in five areas and covers the period from 2019 to 2022. Beijing's ecological conservation zones account for more than 60 percent of its total area. In the future, the city will focus on improving ecological protection-related compensation mechanisms, increasing investment, developing functional sectors and driving ecological protection and green development. Next, it will make plans to protect the ecology of the Yanshan Mountains and Western Hills; Miyun, Guanting and Huairou reservoirs; and the Juhe, Chaobai, Beiyun, Yongding and Juma rivers. It will also boost green development at the Zhongguancun Science Park and its sub-parks in the city's districts, the Huairou Science City, the Great Wall Cultural Belt, the Western Hills–yongding River Cultural Belt and the Yanqi Lake International Conference Capital. Green development will be a priority when planning the Beijing Expo 2019, Beijing 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and the 2020 BeijingPinggu World Leisure Congress. Finally, the city will focus on turning ecological conservation zones into demonstration zones for natural scenery, historical and cultural protection, and green development; leading zones for ecological progress; and liveable, businessand tourism-friendly zones.
The report to the 19th CPC National Congress made “ecological progress” the millennial strategy of China's sustainable development. Beijing's residents are making efforts to drive ecological progress by improving the city's environment, in turn.