Considering what it takes to build Beijing into a modern international metropolis, we are to comprehensively develop and utilize existing cultural facilities. At the same time, we are going to design and build many new cultural facilities with versatile functions and diversified styles and make sure that these facilities are evenly spread across the city to meet the residents’ need for cultural activities.
1. Cultural Locations
Many cultural facilities will be planned and constructed in the Olympic Green in support of the various sports stadiums and sports grounds. The comprehensive functions of such cultural facilities as the Sports Art Performance Center will be given full play. Museums, Youth and Children’s Palaces and other public cultural facilities will also be built to make the Olympic Green an important center of cultural activities for residents and tourists, be they foreign or domestic. Substantial support will be provided for the construction of the National Grand Theater, National Museum, Chinese Art Gallery, the new CCTV compound, additional premises for the National Library and other large cultural facilities of national importance. Construction of the Capital Museum, the Chinese Film Museum, a new Beijing Planetarium, a new BTV compound, the Multimedia Information Center and other municipal cultural facilities will be accelerated. An overall plan will be developed for the setting-up of a distribution network. This network shall be reasonably structured and spread out across the city to facilitate the sales of books, and audio and video products. Each administrative district or county of the city is encouraged to develop and build up their own cultural venues. Construction of cultural facilities for local use shall be strengthened in the different villages, towns, and urban neighborhoods within the jurisdiction of Beijing. The policies requiring construction of public cultural facilities in newly-developed and re-developed housing areas shall be vigorously enforced. Local communities, social organizations and individual citizens are all encouraged to invest in the construction of small-scale cultural facilities that can help residents take part in cultural and fitness programs.
Various measures have already been planned to update existing cultural facilities. The Capital Theatre and the Chang’an Grand Theater will be upgraded; the Jixiang Theater and the Xidian Theater will be rebuilt; and the traditional theaters in southern Xuanwu district, including the Anhui Hall Grand Opera Tower and Huguang Hall, will be reconstructed and refurbished. These measures will help to attract and assemble the best talent in opera and drama so that these facilities will all function as cultural windows displaying long-standing Chinese folk art.
2. City Sculptures
In the course of constructing the Olympic facilities and undertaking other urban development projects, importance will be attached to sculptures that compliment the buildings. In planning and constructing large urban buildings, especially those for general public use, full consideration must be given to the sculptures that are either part of the building structure or placed on the squares in front of them. These sculptures shall have to be incorporated into the overall design of the given project. An international urban sculpture exhibition is to be held once every three years, starting from 2002. Some of the best sculptures found on the exhibitions will be retained in the city for permanent display. Worldwide solicitation for more sculpture designs will be made every now and then through the internet in order to select from a greater range of excellent works. All this will result in added grace to Beijing’s urban development.
3. Large Electronic Screen Walls
Large electronic screen walls will be erected in large public places such as Wangfujing, Xidan, Capital Airport, the Beijing Railway Station, the Beijing West Railway Station, the China Millennium Monument, the Olympic Green, and the CBD. These screens will be used to publicize the purpose of the Olympic Games, socialist moral standards, and useful information to the public. These large electronic screen walls should be installed in accordance with the Beijing’s Overall Plan for Urban Construction. A system of competition should be instituted to decide who should get to undertake any particular project, and the bidding process must be open to all.
After the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, countdown clocks for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games shall be installed in the square in front of the Chinese History Museum, at the China Millennium Monument, and at the Capital Airport.