“Spiritual Home” Conference of Chinese Classical Poetry of Beijing Expo 2019 Opens in the Grand View Garden

  • offcial website of Beijing Expo 2019  2017-Sep-7 11:12:35

On May 6, the launching ceremony of “Spiritual Home – Third Member Units Cultural and Art Festival of Beijing Academy of Learning Science and Knowledge Competition Aggregation of Chinese Classical Poetry for Primary and Middle School and Vocational School of Beijing City”, which was co-hosted by the Beijing International Horticultural Exposition Coordination Bureau and the Beijing Academy of Learning Science, and organized by the Office of Preparation Leading Group of Yanqing District of the Beijing International Horticultural Exposition, the Management Committee of the Grand View Garden of Beijing and the Beijing Aoluola International Educational and Cultural Exchange Center, was held in the South Square of the Grand View Garden. It was one of the events for the two-year countdown anniversary of the Beijing International Horticultural Exposition. Under the theme of “Spiritual Home”, the event promoted national treasure, passed on cultural classics, told good Chinese stories and promoted the concept of the International Horticultural Exposition through holding knowledge competition aggregation of Chinese classical poetry.

This event lasted until May 27, and was divided into four parts including Invitation of International Horticultural Exposition, Path of International Horticultural Exposition, Beauty of Horticulture and Beauty of Heart. During the Invitation of the International Horticultural Exposition, which was the opening ceremony held that day, 40 young emissaries of the International Horticultural Exposition from Yanqing District sang “Happiness Forever”, one of the top ten songs of the International Horticultural Exposition. Then the session of the art festival “Knowledge Competition Aggregation” of Chinese Classical Poetry formally began. Path of International Horticultural Exposition would show the process of bidding and preparation of the Beijing International Horticultural Exposition. Meanwhile, a special session of Chinese classical poetry competition for farmer representatives was held to show the glamour of local laboring people learning Chinese classical poetry, as well as reciting and interpreting poetry in English. The International Horticultural Exposition knowledge competition was held in Beauty of Horticulture. It integrated the concept of International Horticultural Exposition and horticultural culture into one event, and led competitors to experience the beauty of integrating world horticulture and nature in advance by means of “brain-friendly crossing” – a gameplay popular with children. Appointment of Heart included special exhibition on the International Horticultural Exposition, a poetry competition and an award ceremony.

 
 

The “Knowledge Competition Aggregation” of Chinese Classical Poetry for Primary and Middle School and Vocational School of Beijing City were respectively held on May 13, May 20, May 21 and May 27 according to middle school session, higher grade primary school session, lower grade primary school session and vocational adult session. Every session of the “Knowledge Competition Aggregation” was divided into two parts including morning and afternoon. In the morning, competitors completed the “knowledge competition” of Chinese classical poetry respectively in landscapes of the Grand View Garden like Happy Red Court and Bamboo Lodge, etc., by means of “brain-friendly crossing”. In the afternoon, competitors took part in a “Team Competition” on the Grand Stage of Mothering Villa. During “Knowledge Competition” and “Team Competition”, each team had to find hidden clues according to the guidance of a road book, thus finishing tasks including poetry memorizing, poetry link and poetry connecting, etc. Meanwhile, there were tasks including poetries from A Dream of Red Mansions and horticultural knowledge, etc., at different levels of difficulty set according to team categories in the road book. To reinforce parent-child interaction, there was a special arrangement for quiz of parents’ knowledge of the International Horticultural Exposition and the Yanqing venue. Quiz sessions for knowledge of the International Horticultural Exposition and natural conditions and social customs of Yanqing were set in the venue. Tourists also could look around the display of theme flags and posters of the International Horticultural Exposition, handicrafts with local characteristics of Yanqing and horticultural products. Various events made Beijing people feel the passion of people from Yanqing, the venue of the Beijing International Horticultural Exposition. They lived green and lived better, making a beautiful appointment with the 2019 Beijing International Horticultural Exposition.

According to Cui Yong, Director of Department of Publicity and Planning of the Beijing International Horticultural Exposition Coordination Bureau, as a professional exposition of A1 category, the Beijing International Horticultural Exposition was an exposition with thoughts and life, as well as an important platform for promoting the concept of ecological civilization and leading green lifestyle. The theme of the Beijing International Horticultural Exposition was “Live green, live better”, and the sub-themes was green development, horticulture in life, integration and blooming, education and future and spiritual home. This event was also the specific expression of “education and future” and “spiritual home”. The Grand View Garden was not only the essence of classical Chinese literature, but also the fruit of classical Chinese garden art. The event was passing on cultural classics and promoting national treasure by holding cultural and art festival in the Grand View Garden from the perspectives of both poetry literature and flower gardening. Meanwhile, it attracted residents to step into the Grand View Garden to experience the beauty of integration of world horticulture and nature in advance, know more about the “International Horticultural Exposition at the foot of the Great Wall”, and feel the joy of “letting horticulture integrate into nature and letting nature touch the heart”. It enabled world horticulture to come to China, as well as Chinese horticulture to go global.

According to Shao Heping, Vice President of the Beijing Academy of Learning Science and Vice Principal of Beijing Open University, Beijing Academy of Learning Science is a social organization which works on research and practice of learning science, with 269 group members and 146 individual members currently. The academy was rated as a grade-5A social organization of Beijing City in 2016. The academy has conducted academic researches actively since its establishment. The “brain-friendly” classroom teaching theory mainly researched by the academy had achieved abundant research accomplishments, and published academic monographs including Brain-Friendly New Method to Speed up Learning, Learning Science Brain-Friendly, Learning and Life, Elementary Introduction to Brain-Friendly Mind Map, Sample Survey Report of Learning Quality of Primary and Middle School and Vocational School Students of Beijing City and Brain-Friendly Traditional Chinese Medical Brain Gym. The academy had undertaken function transferring and purchase programs from government departments including Beijing Municipal Education Commission, Beijing Municipal Social Worker Commission and Beijing Municipal Society Office, etc., for many years, and received praise from relevant departments on many occasions in the process of executing its programs. Besides, the academy also undertakes plenty of teacher training programs of member schools every year. With significant training effects, it won the unanimous approval of teachers and students of its member units. To promote education reform, promote research and practice of learning science, improve the comprehensive quality of students and build a display and communication platform for students, the academy had held member units cultural and art festival since 2015.

According to Yang Song, Deputy-Director of Office of Preparation Leading Group of Yanqing District of the Beijing International Horticultural Exposition, the 2019 Beijing International Horticultural Exposition is to be held in Yanqing. World-class horticultural elaborate works and traditional Chinese culture would integrate and bloom at the foot of the Badaling Great Wall, perfectly combining with the Beijing Art Gallery and Beautiful Yanqing. What is more, residents in Yanqing strove to be good hosts and participated in the construction of the International Horticultural Exposition by carrying out events in various forms. Meanwhile, they strove to build a modern Horticultural Business District (HBD) which integrated into a whole functions including technology research and development, production demonstration, exhibition trade and tour, etc., thereby actively promoting sustainable utilization after the end of the International Horticultural Exposition.

Han Kai, Secretary of the Leading Party Group and Executive Vice Chairman of the Beijing Federation of Social Science Circles, said in his speech that “as a first-class academy which is subordinate to the Beijing Federation of Social Science Circles, Beijing Academy of Learning Science has made outstanding contributions in research of learning science, social services and integration of member units, etc., for many years, embodying the sense of responsibility of an excellent social organization. The knowledge competition aggregation of Chinese classical poetry held by the academy inspired the passion of students and farmers to learn Chinese classical poetry. Encouraging farmers in Yanqing District, which was the venue of International Horticultural Exposition and Winter Olympic Games, to talk about Chinese classical poetry in English means passing on and promoting Chinese civilization and telling Chinese stories to the world.”

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