Chaoyang to improve quality of living through culture and public green parks

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After decades of efforts to transform Chaoyang from a manufacturing zone to an international downtown, the district in the Chinese capital is continuing to pursue high-quality and people-oriented development. 

Beijing's opening up started from its central business district (CBD) located in Chaoyang district. Home to half of the city's A-level office buildings and five-star hotels, CBD has formed an industrial structure led by international finance, with high-end businesses as the major direction, and as a hub of culture and media companies.

CBD's development path has extended to other areas in Chaoyang, such as the former industrial areas Balizhuang and Wangjing, which have been revitalized with over 60 old factories transformed into culture and creative industry parks.  

Delivering culture to residents is another focus of Chaoyang's recent development. According to Chaoyang District Party Secretary Wang Hao, Beijing's first "1-kilometer reading circle" has been formed in Sanlitun, which means local residents are able to walk to a library in 15 minutes or less wherever they live. 

The district has also established a public culture network made up of four tiers: district, area, street, and community. In total, there are over 600 facilities for reading and renting books and 57 community galleries that introduce artistic masterpieces to local residents. 

Regarding a green development path, Wang said Chaoyang will reduce construction land by 33 square kilometers in 2020 for green space. In the second half of 2019, Heiqiao Park covering an area of 1,380,000 square meters will open to the public. The clear waters of Heiqiao Park has already received a first wave of guests: wild ducks, grey herons, and egrets. In addition, three urban parks, three suburb parks, and three urban forests covering a total area of over 10,000 mu are on the district's agenda as it aims to add more beauty to its living environment. 

On top of 14 24-hour bookstores in the district, 16 more are expected to open to the public by the end of this year. One public green park will open in the second half and another nine parks covering a total area of over 10,000 mu are expected to break ground within this year, driving Chaoyang's green coverage ratio to 48.22% and forest coverage ratio to 22.35%.

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