BEIJING, Sept. 3 (Xinhua) -- A short film made by Chinese university students has shone a spotlight on deficiencies in Beijing's urban planning, leading netizens to register their own complaints about the city's design.
The short film "City Miss" was created as a graduation project for three art students majoring in animation and digital art at the Communication University of China. Tian Changle, Han Di and Li Xinyi used the film to share their thoughts and suggestions regarding Beijing's city planning, particularly its traffic regulations.
The vide has received nearly half a million hits on Youku.com, a popular Chinese video-sharing site. While some have complimented the students' professional filmmaking skills, most have focused on the new ideas raised by the students in the clip.
Basing their ideas on months of on-the-road investigation and academic research, the students called for more consideration to be given toward public transportation and pedestrian traffic when designing traffic regulation and road layouts.
The students suggested building low-fee parking lots near subway stations to encourage people to use public transportation when traveling in downtown areas.
Although many netizens agreed with the students' ideas, others stated that their theories would be too impractical to put into place. However, the students were largely praised for making a proactive attempt to understand city planning issues.
The students said their love for quieter times in the city's past, as well as a feeling of disappointment with current traffic management, motivated them to make the film.
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