From "Bay" to "Port", this evening tells the story of two extraordinary years

"Five thousand years of wind and rain, how many dreams have been hidden; Yellow face, black eyes, unchanged is a smile", "The Great Wall will never fall, thousands of miles of Yellow River gushing", "Gentle laughter, sending warmth to me"... When these familiar melodies came from the stage of the 2023 Bay Area Rising Moon Greater Bay Area Film Music Gala again, the audience and netizens in front of the screen said that the DNA in their memories moved again.

On the evening of June 6 in Hong Kong, more than 29 filmmakers, musicians, and representatives of the cultural, sports and scientific circles from both sides of the Taiwan Strait, Hong Kong and Macao gathered on the banks of the Xiangjiang River. Among them, there are not only a strong host team composed of Wu Jing, Su Youpeng and others, blockbuster filmmakers such as Jackie Chan, Andy Lau, Zhang Ziyi, senior musicians such as Li Keqin and Wen Na Band, and legendary artists such as Xu Xiaofeng and Wang Mingquan.

One wonders what brought so many stars and artists together in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area to form this top line-up?

Two years ago, the "Bay Area Rising Moon" Greater Bay Area Film and Music Gala was successfully held in Shenzhen on the night of the full moon in the Mid-Autumn Festival in 2021, becoming one of the most concerned cultural phenomena of that year. At that time, it was a major turning point for Hong Kong to achieve from chaos to governance, and it was in a critical period of rule and prosperity. Two years have passed, and too many moving stories and unforgettable experiences have occurred in the hot land of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area.

In the 2021 "Spirit of the Times" activity, countless Hong Kong compatriots who had face-to-face exchanges with the "Tiantuan" in the sports industry surged with strong patriotic enthusiasm and national pride. On the first day of 2022, on the Chinese space station, 400 kilometers from the earth, three astronauts crossed space with young people from Beijing, Hong Kong and Macao to have in-depth exchanges; In April 2022, with the hard work of more than 4,<> builders from all over the world, the Central Emergency Hospital for Hong Kong, which was expected to take two years, was completed in less than two months... In the past two years, relying on the motherland, facing the world and benefiting new innovations, the comprehensive strength of the Greater Bay Area has been significantly enhanced, the cooperation between Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao has deepened, economic development has been stable and improving, the order of production and life has been restored, the sense of gain of the people of the three places has been more fulfilling, and the construction of a world-class bay area and a world-class city cluster has taken solid steps.

Just at the beginning of this month, the first Cultural Power Construction Summit Forum Construction Humanities Bay Branch Forum was held in Shenzhen. Mr. Shao Zonghai, former dean of the Academy of Social Sciences of Taiwan's Chinese Culture University, who came from across the strait, said emotionally that he had been to many parts of the mainland, but he had never felt that he had left his hometown, because with the same culture and the same language, whether in Chinese mainland, Hong Kong or Macao, there would be no barrier. This is the irresistible emotional appeal of Chinese culture, which has brought all Chinese together for 5,000 years, no matter where we are. On today's satellite map of the world's night scene, extending from Guangzhou and Shenzhen to Hong Kong and Macao, the brilliant lights are connected and intertwined.

A tree that is thousands of feet tall must have roots, and there will always be a source for the flow of water. It is precisely because we have walked through thousands of mountains and rivers together that we will have an infinite attachment to the land under our feet; It is precisely because we have been in the same boat in the tide of the times that we will not hesitate to choose to work hand in hand. When the classic movie pictures in the Greater Bay Area Film Music Gala flashed again, the golden songs of the years sounded again, awakening not only our collective memory, but also the emotional resonance and inseparable emotional identity.

Having said that, it is not difficult to understand why more than 100 stars and artists gathered in Hong Kong today. Many of them said that they had never considered the schedule, and that it was more important than anything else to sing a song for the beautiful city of Hong Kong and experience the flourishing of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area. Tonight, the singers and actors performed enthusiastically, the audience enthusiastically responded and cheered, and the connection of blood and emotions connected the stage and offstage, inside and outside the screen. With a thousand mountains and one origin, the past, present and future of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area will merge into the great rivers of the development and progress of the motherland.

As of 23:20, the Weibo views of the hot search topic #2023 Bay Area Rising Moon Greater Bay Area Film Music Gala# have exceeded 9 million, and this number continues to climb as the performance progresses. Obviously, this all-star, all-golden song, all-explosive party has attracted national attention.

According to Hong Kong media reports, more than 26 heavyweight artists who have come to Hong Kong to celebrate the <>th anniversary of Hong Kong's return to the motherland have come to Hong Kong, which is highly anticipated by the public and arouses heated discussions on social media. With the lineup of the Greater Bay Area Film and Music Gala two years ago, this time not only the veteran artists who are loved by the audience, but also many young new talents have emerged. Among them, Wang Yibo sang the theme song of the movie "Nameless", and Xiao Zhan sang the classic song "Dashing Walk Once", which aroused the pursuit of countless Hong Kong fans, so that Ip Lau Shuyi, a non-official member of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of China, could not help but sigh, "The arrival of two top male stars in Hong Kong shows that the country attaches great importance to and cares for Hong Kong." This not only shows that the party brand is deeply rooted in the hearts of the people, but also shows that the increasingly warm and frequent exchanges and interactions are bringing the hearts of the younger generation closer and closer.

In the process of hosting the party, Wu Jing from Beijing recalled his past when he came to Hong Kong to work hard 20 years ago. He said with a smile that although the two places seem to have different languages, "the most important thing to be a person is to be happy" is a greeting that everyone can understand. Two years ago, singer Faye Wong sang the theme song of the evening "Bay", and her brilliant and legendary music career began in Hong Kong; Two years later, the singer of the party's theme song "Hong Kong" was actress Zhang Ziyi, who twice won the Hong Kong Film Awards. The Cantonese golden songs and Hong Kong movies together constitute the youth memories of many people, making people yearn for it, and many years later, Hong Kong artists "going north" has become a trend again - "brothers in the Greater Bay Area" have become hot searches in variety shows in the mainland, and Emperor Entertainment has set up a Greater Bay Area headquarters in Guangzhou.

Just as the joint progress and common progress of the literary and art circles of the mainland and Hong Kong has become an unstoppable trend, the construction of the Humanistic Bay Area is also drawing a bright future – nowadays, Hong Kong and Macao young people come to the Greater Bay Area to start businesses, and more and more aspiring young people are pursuing their dreams in the Mainland cities of the Greater Bay Area, which has become the best footnote for the integration and vitality of the Greater Bay Area.

In the past two years, we have witnessed the progress of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, which has become prosperous and stable. It is believed that as long as there is everyone's efforts and struggles, the advantages of marketization, internationalization, rule of law, large number of talents, cultural diversity, advanced infrastructure and excellent business environment of this bay area with two systems and three customs areas will be more fully brought into play. When the wind is good, it is when the sails are set off, and the waves are driven to the future. Harbor is always a place of fresh start, and today, amidst beautiful singing and melodies, the story of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area will open a new chapter.

The Paper Chief Commentator Li Qinyu