As Beijing prepares for the 2008 Olympic Games, an intense construction drive is underway in China's capital to improve its image. And the latest part of this effort is a new plan to build sculptures around the city that reflect its blend of ancient civilization and modernity. The themes will be strictly selected from designs by internationally renowned sculptors from around the globe. And the sculptures will be made from a variety of materials, including the rare metal titanium.
Compare the sculptures in Beijing with other capital cities around the world, and you'll find them rather disappointing.
But that's all about to change under the city's new plan.
The style of the new sculptures will be oriental, expressing the flavor and charm of Beijing.
The key region set out in the plan include areas north of Tian'anmen Square, and the Second, Third and Fourth Ring Roads.
Beijing already has more than 1,000 sculptures in its streets, squares and parks. Some of the most noted are in the War Memorial Garden, Huangchenggen Park and Xidan Culture Square.
(CCTV.com November 21, 2003)