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Hangzhou gets ready to shine at G20

More on the G20 summit set to launch in less than two months time, in Hangzhou, east China. The organizing committee has vowed to present the best of Hangzhou to the world. And preparation is right on track.

To ensure blue skies and clear air, the city has championed low-carbon commuting since the beginning of this year. High-polluting vehicles have been banned from the roads while developing its network of clean public transport. It is adding 500 clean-energy buses in the coming weeks to its fleet of 1,500. Moreover, the city no longer burns coal for power, and also closed all steelworks.

More than 750,000 local residents have volunteered to help out during the international event. They will be distinguished by their red armbands, and will direct and guide incoming visitors in their own neighborhoods. They will also watch out for any breaches in security. More patrol cars are scheduled go on road during the event.

Though Hangzhou hasn’t built any new buildings for the summit, all kinds of renovations have been taking place in the past year. That includes in the best-known scenic spots such as the West Lake, the Great Canal and the Qiantang River. These three areas now have better public lighting. Historic buildings have also been restored.