Final touches being put on park for int'l horticulture exhibition

Updated: 2019-04-03

  Thousands of workers are bustling to finish preparing pavilions and gardens for the International Horticultural Exhibition 2019 in Beijing, as fewer than 30 days remain until the opening.

  Covering 503 hectares, the expo park is located at the foot of the Great Wall in Beijing's northwestern Yanqing district. Opening on April 29, the 162-day expo will display the latest achievements in floriculture and fruit as well as vegetable farming worldwide.

  More than 110 countries and international organizations have confirmed their participation in the event, as well as more than 120 unofficial exhibitors. Exhibition curators said 41 outdoor parks will be open to the public, including 34 independent ones and seven joint gardens.

  Provinces showcase iconic elements from their regions, said Ye Dahua, deputy director of the expo's coordination bureau.

  For example, the Beijing exhibition park will use the quadrangle courtyard as the main garden landscape to provide a better experience for visitors, he said.

  The Yunnan exhibition park will weave local elements into the design to represent the mountain and river landscapes of the province, he added.

  So far, China's 31 provincial-level regions, plus Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan, have been divided into eight exhibition areas based on their locations.

  Environmental protection is another key element that provincial exhibits will emphasize. Channels have been built around the park to collect rainwater.

  For Zhejiang province, the design of the garden park was guided by its invaluable assets of lucid waters and lush mountains, and new varieties and technologies of plants will be showcased.

  Paper cutouts of stained glass windows, and brick and wood carvings provide a sense of traditional decorative elements in Guangdong province.

  Some specialty stones from around the country will also stand on a grand square that connects different gardens, said Lu Feng, director of the bureau's exhibition investment department.

  The stone from Jiangxi province is blue and white, representing the famous blue and white porcelain of the province's Jingde town. Stone from the Tibet autonomous region will be a testimony to Mount Qomolangma (Mount Everest).

  China has become the largest flower producer in the world, with a planting area reaching 14,000 square kilometers in 2017 and sales of 153.3 billion yuan ($22.5 billion) last year.

  This is the second time China has hosted a high-level horticulture expo. Kunming, Yunnan province, hosted the expo in 1999.

  Visitors can enjoy more than 2,500 cultural activities, including parades, throughout the expo.

  Source: China Daily

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