A Colour­ful Au­tumn City

Beijing (English) - - EDITOR’S NOTE -

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.

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