Beijing, the capital of the People's Republic of China, is a historic city well known for its cultural heritage. Beijing traces its origins back to 3,000 years ago, and it was the capital of five dynasties. Beijing boasts numerous scenic spots and historic sites and is capable of incorporating diverse cultures. All these characteristics have contributed to the unique charm of Beijing.
As a center of political, cultural, educational and scientific activities in modern China, Beijing is on the way to achieving its strategic goal of taking the lead in realizing modernization. The harmonious development between society and economy and the harmony between the city development and nature have laid solid foundations for Beijing to host the Olympic Games.
Beijing's success in its bid for the 2008 Olympic Games is a result of the support from all the Chinese people and a proof of international recognition of and confidence in Beijing. In accordance with the goal of Olympism - "to place everywhere sport at the service of the harmonious development of man, with a view to encouraging the establishment of a peaceful society concerned with the preservation of human dignity", Beijing has put forward the concepts of the Beijing Olympic Games: Green Olympics, Hi-tech Olympics, People's Olympics.
Green Olympics means that priority will be given to environmental protection (EP) in the planning, designing and construction of Olympic venues and facilities and strict ecological environment standards and systematic supporting systems will be established. EP technologies and means will be extensively used in promoting, on a large scale and in various aspects, environmental treatment, afforestation and beautification of urban and rural areas. We will raise the environmental awareness of the whole society and encourage the public to consciously opt for green consumption and actively join in activities aimed at improving the ecological environment, in an effort to drastically improve the environmental quality of the capital and build it into an ecological city.
High-tech Olympics means that we will closely follow the latest high-tech developments home and abroad and integrate the high-tech achievements nationwide so as to host a magnificent sports event in high-tech achievement. In doing so, Beijing's capacity in high-tech innovation will be improved and the application of high-tech achievements in production and people's life promoted. Beijing Olympic Games will be a window to showcase our high-tech achievements and innovative capacity.
People's Olympics means that we will take the hosting of the Olympic Games as an opportunity to popularize the Olympic spirit, promote the traditional Chinese culture, showcase the history and development of Beijing as well as the friendliness and hospitality of its citizens. We will also take the Games as a bridge for cultural exchanges in order to deepen the understanding and enhance the trust and friendship among the peoples of different countries. We will always give first consideration to the need of people, especially the athletes and provide favourable natural and cultural environments and quality services for them. To promote the Olympic Games and Olympic Movement, we will organize diversified cultural and educational programs to cater to needs of the people, especially the younger generation. We will also encourage the widest participation of the people in the preparation for Games, as it will greatly push forward the sports and cultural development nationwide and increase the cohesion and pride of the Chinese nation.