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Chongming blooms for flower expo

SHANGHAI’S Chongming Island is ready to welcome nearly 200 exhibitors to the 10th China Flower Expo from May 21 through July 2 as construction and layout of the exhibition area have been basically completed.

All the nation’s provinces will showcase their unique species to mark the 100th birthday of the Communist Party of China.

By the end of last year, the flower planting area in China had reached 1.5 million hectares with annual sales of 250 billion yuan (US$39 billion), making China the world’s biggest flower production base, according to Liu Dongsheng, deputy director of the State Forestry and Grassland Administration.

The flower industry plays an increasingly important role in China, Liu said, and has become an important pillar for many urban and rural economies.

“Through vigorous development, the flower industry has played an important role in greening and beautifying the environment, promoting the revitalization of villages, increasing the income of urban and rural residents, improving the quality of people’s lives, and guiding civilized consumption and a green life,” Liu said.

“The 10th flower expo is the first national flower event to be held on the island, in the countryside and in the forest. It is a flower festival with all provinces, municipalities, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan participating, with the most outdoor gardens and the most enthusiastic participation from foreign cities.”

Expo tickets went on sale on May 1 and can be bought online, at travel agencies or by calling the 400-100-0701 hotline, said Tang Zhiping, city vice mayor.

There are discounts for senior citizens, students, soldiers, firefighters and disabled people, according to Tang.

So far, 99.53 percent of the personnel involved in the expo have been vaccinated against COVID-19, he said.

“During the expo, we encourage people to visit in groups. Seven special bus lines will be set up on Wuzhou Avenue, Longyang Road and other places, 10 customized passenger lines will be set up at the Hongqiao Transport Hub, People’s Square and elsewhere, and two special land and water transport lines will be added,” Tang revealed.

The expo will feature performances by unmanned aerial vehicles, a parade of floats and nighttime activities. 

“There are a total of 293 hotels, 988 residential accommodation and 26 temporary accommodation facilities on Chongming Island, which can provide 43,000 beds to meet the needs of tourists,” Tang said.

Around 9,000 people can eat at the same time and while on-site dining is mainly fast food, there are also formal Chinese and Western dishes available.

A number of temporary catering facilities, convenience stores, 18 mobile dining cars and vending machines will be set up in the expo park which will also have medical stations and ambulances. “Intelligent security equipment has been installed in all open areas and parking lots in the expo park. There are two helicopter emergency take-off and landing points in the park and three police helicopters,” Tang said.

“Liao Changyong and Wu Minxia have been invited to act as public image ambassadors at this flower expo,” he added.

Liao, an operatic baritone, has sung the theme song of the expo, while Wu is a decorated diver with multiple Olympic gold medals.

Zhao Liangping, vice president of the China Flower Association, said the expo layout is “one center, one axis, six pavilions and six gardens” to show the pattern of “blooming flowers in prosperous times and glorifying China.”

“One center” is the core area of a “Dream Garden,” with peony as the composition element. Through flower beds, a flower path, flower stream and flower valley, a beautiful landscape of “peony blooming, welcome the flourishing age” is created, according to Zhao.

“One axis” is the expo axis connecting South Park, Yingbin Square, Century Hall, Fuxing Square, Fuxing Hall and Dongping Town, along which will be flower beds, flower corridors and flower bridges.

The six pavilions are Fuxing Museum, Century Museum, Bamboo and Rattan Museum, Baihua Museum, Flower Art Museum and Huaqi Hall.

In addition, six exhibition gardens of magnolia, plum blossom, chrysanthemum, orchid, lotus and bamboo have been built in the expo park, focusing on displaying China’s traditional precious flowers and promoting Chinese flower culture, Zhao said.

An outdoor exhibition area will display around 200 gardens.

There will be more than 20,000 exhibits in the indoor exhibition area, and more than 1,000 new flower varieties, Zhao said.


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