What is about to be the first international multi-sport event hosted in Chengdu? No need to guess, that's the 31st Summer World University Games Chengdu 2021.
Currently, preparation for the Games is well underway. Since bidding for the Games's pre-approval, to winning the final bid and then to taking the flag from Napoli, where the 30th Summer Universiade was held, Chengdu has been running on a "fast track" and conducting all the preparation in a speedy manner during this "Chengdu Time".
What does hosting such a sports event benefit a city? What can the city's residents do for the Games?
On the morning of May 7th, a conference was convened in Chengdu with the topic of "Taking advantage of community development and governance as a way to activate and increase motivation for hosting the Games." The "Love Chengdu, Welcome the World University Games" Overall Action Plan for Collective City Construction, Governance, and Enjoyment (hereinafter referred to as The Action Plan) was made public. Preparing for the Games presents itself as an opportunity for the Chengdu Municipal Government to further carry out the "Seven Actions" of The Action Plan. Let's take a look at the seven keywords of it.
"The Conjoined Twin Arenas" for the Games in Xindu
Keyword 1: greener
Can you imagine a life where you could stroll along a tree-shaded greenway to and from work as if you lived in a city park? This could become a reality at your fingertips as the preparation for the Games proceeds.
Tianfu Greenway at Longquan Mountain Forest Park Danjingtai District
(Photo by ICphoto)
The Action Plan calls for "the Collective City Construction, Governance, and Enjoyment" of some "park city" representative scenes. Chengdu will take the following actions to better achieve this goal: 1. Pacing up the construction of many greenway projects. Chengdu will implement "Nine Major Actions" of Jinjiang Park to build an urban waterfront park that accommodates both Sichuan and international styles. 2. Increasing the quality of city parks. Chengdu will continue to promote the "Hundred Parks" demonstration projects, building a series of parks that have complete functions and unique features as well as integrate new economy and new commercial activities. 3. Upgrading city landscape. Old residential communities will be renovated and a series of community greening updating projects will be piloted. 4. Ensuring the collective construction and enjoyment of a "park city". Chengdu will build many "park city" demonstration blocks.
Keyword 2: more habitable
Chengdu will carry out special campaigns for improving the living experience of citizens, rather than just for better city appearance. The work includes setting or repairing streetlights for small alleys and roads around the city, and demolishing unauthorized buildings, and so on.
Street View of Chengdu
The Action Plan calls for "the Collective City Construction, Governance, and Enjoyment" of city living environment. This includes: 1. Upgrading city lighting. The problems of insufficient lighting in some areas will be solved. 2. Improving community sanity. Chengdu will optimize sanity work in the city, conduct deep cleaning, upgrade cleaning devices, and drive the so-called "toilet revolution" for further improving overall toilet sanity. 3. Beautifying community environment. Chengdu will remove unauthorized buildings and contain the emergence of such buildings in the future.
Keyword 3: more convenient
An international sports event will help to upgrade the city's public services. Taking this great chance, our city is becoming more and more efficient and convenient.
The Convenient Chengdu Metro Line Network
The Action Plan calls for "the Collective City Construction, Governance, and Enjoyment" of city public services. The following measures are included: 1. Comprehensively improving the city services and functions. The construction of the World University Games Chengdu venues will help to achieve this goal. 2. Building a full-cycle outward-looking service system. The convenient "one-stop" services of exit & entry affairs will be realized, improving the efficiency of procedures of customs checks, inspection, quarantine, and consultation. 3. Creating sports and healthy living public spaces. Chengdu will build many fitness areas in the city, in order to make sports facilities more accessible for every citizen. 4. Enhancing sports-related public service supply. Chengdu will upgrade the main body of public service providers in order to make reasonable arrangements for public fitness areas and facilities. 5. Promoting the collective mechanism of realizing the "green well-being" of citizens. Chengdu will build a mass feedback collection mechanism and optimize the policy system for public services. In addition, an evaluation mechanism of public services will be implemented.
Keyword 4: more open
Chengdu has always been an open and inclusive city. Right now, taking the opportunity of holding the Games, Chengdu is inviting friends from all over the world and will make Chengdu better known in the international community. Every community and everyone is going to embrace a more international Chengdu.
A Foreign Contestant in the Male Half-marathon of Chengdu WCH&WNH Marathon
(Photo by ICphoto)
The Action Plan calls for "the Collective City Construction, Governance, and Enjoyment" of communities, with a slogan of "Love Chengdu, Welcome the World University Games". Various events are held to improve people's community lives: 1. "Beautiful Communities in Chengdu" series campaigns, aiming at building international, sporty, creative, and intelligent communities. 2. "Micro Scenes of Communities to Welcome Guests" renovation campaigns. This encourages citizens in different communities to build distinctive "micro scenes", which can be a sports corner, a cultural demonstration wall, or a special plant, of their communities together. The campaign requires communities to make full use of their own resources and social investments and encourage citizens to participate. Besides, some other events, including "Creating a Warm and Neighborly Chengdu" and "Communities Open to the World", will also be initiated.
Keyword 5: more friendly
How can Chengdu hold a better World University Games? It's not only the work of our government. Everyone who lives in this city can make a contribution. Let us work together for it!
The Site of the Authorization Ceremony of the Games' Volunteer Training Base on December 5th, 2019
(Photo by Chengdu Economic Daily)
The Action Plan calls for "the Collective City Construction, Governance, and Enjoyment" of city civilization. This includes: 1. Improving citizens' mental quality, through campaigns such as "etiquette classes for a million of citizens". 2. Raising citizens' moral awareness. Some deeds of moral models will be spread in communities, and the city will encourage citizens to cultivate good virtue. 3. Increasing volunteer service level. Community and party service centers, as well as Tianfu Community Services, will be used to build social practice stations with the features of the new era and recruit more volunteers.
Keyword 6: safer
Bustling, yet peaceful, this is our city and our home. How can we live with a greater sense of security? There are some "hardcore" measures being rolled out in Chengdu.
Regimental Police in Chengdu
The Action Plan calls for "the Collective City Construction, Governance, and Enjoyment" of city security. Special actions include: 1. Tackling the problems on the "Three Lists", Chengdu is going to prevent security-threaten uncertainties with firm determination. 2. Perfecting the mechanism of mediation, in order to improve the ability of disputes resolving. 3. Cracking down on crimes. Punishment of crimes should be increased, and the case handling procedures should be optimized in a way that "handles big cases jointly, deals with simple cases expeditiously while handles difficult ones delicately". The focused areas should be the crimes of information networks, land acquisition and demolition, illegal sand mining, and loan sharks. Besides, Chengdu will launch campaigns to improve social security, fight drug deals, and strengthen public security checks.
Keyword 7: younger
Chengdu always has welcoming arms for young people. Various policies are introduced to provide great benefits for the young to shine on their stages.
Citizens Working Out on Greenways of Guixi Park
(Photo by ICphoto)
The Action Plan calls for "the Collective City Construction, Governance, and Enjoyment" of a youth-friendly city. Chengdu aims at: 1. Catering for the young in our publicity products. A style of popular, young, and localized will be adopted. 2. Create more scenes for young people to participate in social activities. Chengdu will, together with some leading social platforms, hold online events regularly that have both unique Chengdu features and young energy. 3. Enhancing employment services for young people. A group of “Rongpiao”（"Chengdu Talents"） interns, who are studied in universities at home or abroad, will be selected to intern in industrial function zones, key enterprises, and frontlines of some industries annually. Furthermore, start-up assistance for young people and youth volunteer services will be enhanced.
For now, detailed follow-up processes and plans have been formulated for The Action Plan. By May 2020, the "Love Chengdu, Welcome the World University Games Games" city construction plans for Chengdu will be completed and meetings will be convened to arrange relevant projects. From June 2020 to August 2021, relevant projects will be carried out and completed. In September 2021, the progress of the "Love Chengdu, Welcome the Games" city construction plan for Chengdu will be analyzed, the work will be summarized and an efficient long-term work mechanism will be formulated and optimized.