The opening ceremony of the 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou. Photo by reporter Han Haidan

Hangzhou, October 10 (Reporter Chai Yanfei Wang Yifei) On the evening of October 8, the Hangzhou Asian Games will usher in a close. In more than half a month, Hangzhou, which hosted the International Multi-sports Meeting for the first time, built a dream stage for all Asian athletes with its openness, inclusiveness and enthusiasm, and also dedicated a wonderful enough intercontinental sports event to the world. And when the Asian Games torch is extinguished, what does it leave behind for the host?

Higher city energy levels

If the G7 Hangzhou Summit seven years ago opened a new stage in which Hangzhou's urban energy level rose by taking advantage of the "momentum", then the Hangzhou Asian Games, which took longer in preparation period, lasted longer and had more participants, made the city's acceleration at this stage reach an unprecedented level.

The "Asian Games dividend" of urban energy level improvement is reflected in transportation.

Taking the subway as an example, Hangzhou's first subway line opened in 2012, which is not too early among Chinese cities. With the successful bid for the Hangzhou Asian Games three years later, its subway construction has been greatly accelerated, and there are currently 3 lines with a total mileage of 12 kilometers, ranking sixth among Chinese cities. In terms of urban expressway network, Hangzhou has increased from 516 kilometers at the beginning of 6 to more than 2016 kilometers today. Thanks to the preparation of the Asian Games, the scale and software and hardware level of the city's high-speed rail station and airport have also been greatly improved.

The "Asian Games dividend" of urban energy level improvement is reflected in the facilities.

The Hangzhou Asian Games involved 54 competition venues and 30 training venues, most of which are located in Hangzhou. These are not only beautiful scenery and unique memories, but also will become an important carrier for urban development to benefit the people after the game.

After the postponement of the Hangzhou Asian Games last year, Hangzhou opened Asian Games venues to citizens in advance, and all relevant venues were opened before last year's National Day. The relevant person in charge of the Hangzhou Asian Organizing Committee introduced, "All Asian Games venues were planning for the use of post-games when they began construction (transformation), and more than 50 venues have formulated specific utilization plans and operating units for the next step. ”

In addition to stadiums, Hangzhou has also built 3350,113 embedded sports facilities covering 1.<> million square meters by taking advantage of the Asian Games.

The "Asian Games dividend" on the city's energy level is reflected in the degree of internationalization.

"Internationalization" has been the direction that Hangzhou hopes to improve for many years. During the Asian Games, on the one hand, Hangzhou's international popularity increased significantly; On the one hand, the city's reception capacity has withstood the test of the extravaganza, becoming more resilient and tense; On the other hand, the internationalization of its public services has also been further improved.

For example, in terms of medical security, Liang Tingbo, Secretary of the Party Committee of the First Affiliated Hospital of Zhejiang University School of Medicine, said that since receiving the Asian Games medical security task, the hospital has carried out all-round upgrades in command and coordination, medical security, team building, logistics support and international comprehensive capacity building. In addition, 30 professional volunteers of the Asian Games were sent to join the work related to the Asian Games, and they underwent various inspections such as English proficiency, professional quality, and etiquette of foreign guests.

The "Asian Games dividend" on the city's energy level is also reflected in many aspects, which together constitute a more confident and powerful Hangzhou.

Tourists buy Asian Games licensed goods. Photo by reporter Wang Gang

Thicker human heritage

The success and brilliance of this Asian Games are inseparable from the support and dedication of 1200 million people in Hangzhou. The Asian Games is also using its unique way to give people a sense of gain and help the city's cultural accumulation deeper.

Before the start of the Asian Games, it became a common phenomenon that tickets for various events were "difficult to find". During the competition, Hangzhou citizens enjoyed the wonderful showdown at the intercontinental and even world-class level at their doorstep, and truly felt the passion and charm of sports, as well as the unity and inclusive spirit extended by sports. For many, this experience is the first time.

The meaning of the Asian Games to "people" does not need to be deliberately summarized, it is reflected in the real feelings of every ordinary person. As one child's mother said, "A child may not understand the rules of the game and win or lose, but he saw the hard work of the athletes, and felt the shock of tens of thousands of people cheering for the athletes together, which is the best experience." ”

Letting more people understand sports, participate in sports, and gain love for life through sports is one of the influences of the Asian Games on the city's cultural heritage. In fact, not only watching the games, but also Jin Chenglong, secretary of the party group and director of the Hangzhou Sports Bureau, introduced that the preparation and holding of the Asian Games has greatly driven the enthusiasm of the city's national fitness, and the total number of people who regularly participate in sports in Hangzhou has exceeded 500 million.

The Asian Games also allowed the people of Hangzhou to see the cohesion of "thousands of themselves" and the spiritual strength most needed for urban development.

In Linping, Hangzhou, 42 workers from the transportation field formed the "Lintong Asian Games" volunteer service team. They volunteer around the local Asian Games venues while doing their daily work. "If we have a pressing job at hand, everyone will help out with volunteering assignments and hope to show our passion on our doorstep." Volunteer Dai Yang said.

Wang Wenshuo, deputy head of the Working Group for National Participation in the Asian Games of the Hangzhou Municipal Transport and Protection Headquarters, said that 148.8 million people in Hangzhou have registered to participate in the Asian Games city volunteers, and a total of 252.<> million people have participated in urban volunteer service activities.

The Asian Games also left the host country with a sense of cultural identity and pride.

At the opening ceremony of the Asian Games, the modern expression of traditional culture made Hangzhou charm circle fans. During the Asian Games, all kinds of licensed commodities that fully reflect Hangzhou's cultural characteristics are in short supply in the market. Du Mengfei, deputy director of the market development department of the Hangzhou Asian Organizing Committee, said that as of October 10, the sales of licensed products based on mascots alone reached 4 million yuan. Licensed goods have greatly promoted the public, especially the younger generation, to understand the local culture.

As a famous historical and cultural city, Hangzhou has a deep cultural heritage. And this golden autumn, its cultural accumulation also has an Asian Games imprint. This also allows people to see a more vibrant and attractive Hangzhou.

On October 10, the women's javelin throw final of the 3th Asian Games in Hangzhou was held at the Hangzhou Olympic Sports Center Stadium. The picture shows a robot dog delivering javelins to a contestant. Photo by reporter Tomita

More possibilities for the future

The Asian Games have brought changes to Hangzhou's present, and also allowed the city to see more possibilities in the future development.

The "smart" features of this year's Asian Games impressed the guests from all walks of life. For example, the first "Asian Games on the Cloud" was built to achieve 100% migration of the core system of the Asian Games to the cloud; In Hangzhou Olympic Sports Center Stadium, the first 5G ultra-dense network, which can meet the network needs of 8,20 spectators at the same time. Hangzhou officially introduced that it launched nearly <> first-to-use, first-of-its-kind applications and technologies in the Asian Games.

For Hangzhou, the digital economy city, the above exploration also injects confidence into its next "smart city" construction. Xu Weihua, member of the Standing Committee of the CPC Hangzhou Municipal Committee and vice mayor, said, "We will take this Asian Games as a 'sail' to deeply plan and promote the application of the achievements of the 'post-Asian Games' era, continue to amplify the effects of the Asian Games, give full play to the role of the Asian Games legacy, and leverage the potential of urban digital development." ”

The Asian Games brought more possibilities to the host, and at the same time reflected in Hangzhou's choice to build an international "competition" and "meeting" city.

Hangzhou was more regarded as a "tourist city", "livable city" and "industrial city" in the past, but the successful holding of the Asian Games has made it full of confidence in the creation of a new city label.

During the Asian Games, the city signed cooperation contracts with the World Badminton Federation, the International Canoe Federation, and the International Hockey Federation. Hangzhou Mayor Yao Gaoyuan publicly said that first-class urban foundation, first-class venue facilities and first-class event organization are Hangzhou's advantages. By 2025, the city aims to initially form a Hangzhou characteristic competition system, successfully bid for 3 top events of international individual sports organizations, hold more than 10 international and domestic high-level events every year, and more than 6 well-known brand events in Hangzhou City; By 2035, establish a competition system that matches the world's first-class cities, and strive to hold another high-level comprehensive event and three to five top-level individual events such as the World Championship and the World Cup.

Based on all the above, the Asian Games is also making Hangzhou more relaxed on the road of opening up in the future.

In the past few decades, from the rise and development of the private economy to the e-commerce connection to the world, Hangzhou has been at the forefront of China's opening up and development. On the existing basis, the Asian Games has further strengthened the city's open-mindedness, open confidence in shared development, and an open pattern in a wider range of fields, promoting its own "interaction" with the world to achieve a new leap in development.

The Asian Games torch is about to be extinguished, but the story of Hangzhou will not come to an end. On the road to creating a model of a modern city in the Chinese style, the city is striving to create more wonderful cities with the wind of the Asian Games. (End)