Yanqing, A Dream-like Place in Beautiful China

  • offcial website of Beijing Expo 2019 2017-09-15 11:23:28

After being stressed upon in the report to the 18th CPC National Congress, “Beautiful China” soon became a buzzword in China. The concept associated with it is thought-provoking.

“A beautiful home with blue skies, green land and clean water for the future generations” is the blueprint made by the 18th CPC National Congress for the future, a most beautiful and anticipated vision. It both points out scientific approaches to development and represents a vision for economic and social development. 

Yanqing, known in ancient times as Gui River, and Guizhou were once home to ancient civilization and generations of local people. Yanqing, a beautiful home, is the result of combining the beauty of nature, people and ecology. Beauty also lies in the unity of physical landscapes and inner beauty. “Beautify Yanqing” is the aim of ecological progress.

The beauty of Yanqing lies in nature. Its unique geographical environment offers both the magnificence of large rivers and towering mountains and the gentleness of Yangtze River scenes. Winding mountains and clear waters are both creations of Mother Nature.

The summer in Haituo Mountain is rainy. The Guishui River winds through the mountains like a jade belt. The Longqing Gorge valley zigzags. Dishuihu and Wulongxia waterfalls offer magnificent views. Baihepu Reservoir and Guanting Reservoir are like large lakes on tall mountains.

The beauty of Yanqing lies in its people and their culture. The development of the civilization in Yanqing is well documented and has never stopped, regardless of changes to its administrative region or affiliation. Various kinds of stoneware from the Paleolithic Period have been excavated in Lujiahe and Caimugou, Yanqing, meaning that ancient human activities occurred in this region back in the Paleolithic Period. The Battle of Banquan between the Yan and Huang Emperors, legendary ancestors of the Chinese nation, took place in the Banquan village in Yanqing. The Yuhuang Temple cultural relics site is an ethnic culture that formed a system of its own and had unique local features during the Bronze Age in northern China. Ever since the Qin (221-206 BCE) and Han (206 BCE-220 CE) Dynasties set up counties under direct central control across the country, Yanqing, the gateway connecting North China to the Mongolian grasslands, is home to the relics left by Huns, Wuhuan, Xianbei, Rouran, Turkic, Xi, Khitan, Jurchen and other ethnic groups who were active in the confrontations, exchanges, collisions and integration between the Han governments in the Central Plains and nomadic peoples in northern China. During the Ming Dynasty, to defend against invasion by northern nomadic peoples, the Ming rulers built the Great Wall on high mountains in Yanqing as a line of defense. Yanqing thus became a military fortress against invasion, in the process enhancing the security of the capital city. Thousands of years of civilization have left Yanqing with an abundance of cultural relics. These include mysterious residences on cliffs, as well as the Yingmen Temple, the Yang’e Pool and the Lianhua Pool. Yanqing is also home to three locations related to Queen Mother Xiao of the Liao Dynasty (916-1125), the Xiangshuiyuan of Emperor Yuan Renzong of the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368), the Yulin courier station, the Great Wall, numerous passes, castles, walls, towers and beacon towers. These cultural relics in Yanqing are results of human civilization and wisdom and best characterize beautiful Yanqing.

The beauty of Yanqing lies in its ecology. Reputed as one of China’s most ecologically-friendly regions, Yanqing has unique ecological resources and great potential for future development. With wood coverage as high as 74% and forest coverage of 57.8%, Yanqing is the most important ecological barrier in northwest Beijing. Yanqing boasts of an excellent ecological environment and makes an ideal, ecologically-friendly place for people to live in, with its green waters and mountains, blue skies and white clouds, forests and grassland, wetlands, flowers, birds and other animals, fish and insects. The ecological beauty of Yanqing has attracted increasing attention from both home and abroad and provides Yanqing with unprecedented development opportunities.

A Beautiful Yanqing is the common dream, expectation and future of the 300,000 people living there. Building a Beautiful Yanqing is a continuous and glorious cause, which requires devotion and commitment. Hard work will eventually pay off. We believe that the road to a Beautiful Yanqing offers unlimited opportunities.