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Four Reasons You Should Visit Beijing More

by 2017 Guest Appearance in People’s Daily

China’s capital city Beijing will be hosting some 340 million tourists by 2026. Photo courtesy of Beijing-Guangzhou Photo Central.

Beijing attracts over 40 million international tourists a year. The overall number of such visitors from overseas has reached 2.4 million this year, up around 70 percent from two years ago. But about 60 percent of the city’s population of 22 million is still indoors, due to poor air quality. As such, more public parks are opening to boost outdoor activities.

People’s Daily, the official publication of China’s ruling Communist Party, has put together a series of articles by its writers to keep visitors updated on Beijing’s latest political and cultural scene as well as sports.

Less Is More

The number of taxi drivers in Beijing has surged from about 8,500 in 2002 to more than 36,000 today. Image courtesy of Hwa Tintu Kuane, Today.com

Beijing Taxi Owners Union (BCO) is a grassroots organization that seeks to protect the interests of taxi drivers and their work conditions.

This year, the association has managed to persuade the Beijing government to hold a series of arbitration meetings with taxi drivers, giving more opportunities for taxis and their drivers to air their grievances.

The dispute, in which an estimated two million taxi drivers participated, led to a high level of trust between taxi drivers and the association.

“Our central organization is not a labor union, it is a private organization, meaning it’s at a bottom-up level,” BCO member Duan Zhengjie said.

“We have a different model than other labor unions in China. In our union, the members are the workers, and we don’t interfere with their personal lives,” BCO Chairman Li Lingsong said.

“The five-day meeting helped alleviate the worries of many taxi drivers about their incomes and the quality of their labor,” Li said.

“Despite how good is the dialogue that taxis and the association have had recently, I don’t know if our union members can make more demands from the Beijing government to regulate the number of taxis in the city, or how many taxi drivers will still turn to us.”

Visit Beijing Go Ahead

Beijing BIO and Cambridge Education Training (CET) both aim to produce the next generation of high school graduates who have solid academic and economic backgrounds.

CET is China’s first private, nonprofit private university that was set up to spread knowledge and education for the youths, as well as nurture a good job culture.

The university offers courses in medical sciences, engineering, communication and business.

CET students are offered financial aid for postgraduate education in Britain, and some have gained visa passes to enter the country. “For our country, it is not true that only those from well-off families can attend this university,” said Professor Zhao Di, President of CET.

Meanwhile, the Beijing Yucheng Academy is China’s leading higher educational institution that offers a series of new postgraduate courses in science, technology, the arts and management.

Every year, Beijing Yucheng University engages in outreach events involving big companies such as Apple, Google, Samsung, Microsoft and banks, to attract high school graduates to participate in its academic program.

Li Dahua, a third-year graduate student, who graduated from Beijing Yucheng this year, said, “I’ve participated in this outreach program ever since it began in 2016. I was attracted to it by the vibrant atmosphere, the high-level learning process and the wide variety of topics covered.”

“If I were to accept jobs overseas, this university would definitely be the source of my biggest joy,” Li said.

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