With the Sochi Olympic Games well under way, the joint bid by Beijing and Zhangjiakou for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games has once again ignited the passion of Chinese. To a city, the bid for the Olympic Winter Games represents a once in a lifetime opportunity; it draws the attention of the world, attracts visitors and investment, elevates infrastructure standards and the cultural level of its residents and accelerates urban development.
To Beijing and Zhangjiakou, a greater opportunity lies ahead. That is, intensified communication and collaboration between the two cities to realise their integration and promote joint development against the background of the integration of Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei Province and the capital economic circle. This is a very realistic and pressing matter for the two cities.
Zhangjiakou boasts green hills and clear waters, and the best air quality among Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei Province. It enjoys outstanding natural environment and ski resort resources, making it the frontrunner in the joint bid for the Olympic Winter Games with Beijing. However, to rise to the standards of international events, Zhangjiakou still needs to step up aspects such as international recognition, infrastructure construction and international events organisation.
As a global city, the development of Beijing is limited by available natural resources and space. It is of utmost importance that Beijing utilises neighbouring resources to realise joint development with surrounding cities. Take for example the bid for the Olympic Winter Games, Beijing has successful experience in hosting the Olympic Summer Games. It has gathered top national and international talent and information. The joint bid for the Olympic Winter Games by Zhangjiakou and Beijing will become a classic example of joint regional development through complementary advantages and resources sharing.
Transport is the greatest limitation in regional development, which affects industrial transfer, staff mobility and resources sharing. Beijing and Zhangjiakou must accelerate the construction of infrastructure to connect the two cities. The building of Beijing-Zhangjiakou Intercity Railway has been approved and construction is expected to begin in the first half of the year. With the transport forging ahead, industrial layout must follow closely. With Beijing as its neighbour, Zhangjiakou must exploit the pre-existing resources of Beijing to drive tourism and cultural and creative industry and brand itself as the backyard of Beijing.
Greenness is the feature and image of Zhangjiakou. Both Beijing and Zhangjiakou must protect this green land from destruction and pollution. Local officials mentioned that since the city submitted its bid for the Olympic Winter Games, large number of investors from both home and abroad came thick and fast. Beijing and Zhangjiakou must cherish dearly the greenness of Zhangjiakou. It is their joint responsibility to carry out industrial and Olympic venue planning well, taking into consideration the joint development, sustainable development and green development of Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei Province. They need to develop zero-pollution and green industries.
Admittedly, the bid for the Olympic Winter Games is just an opportunity for development. Ultimately, the joint development of Beijing and Zhangjiakou and advancement of the living standard of the people must be realised to make the two cities a breakthrough point for the integration of Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei Province.