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Shanghai flower decorations to be trimmed during National Day holiday

FOLLOWING the dictates of the central government to curb spending, the city’s  greenery administration has decided to trim this year’s floral decorations during the National Day holiday.

Flowers are a major attraction during the holiday period, but officials decided to cut it down by as much as 40 percent. The flower pots will be down by 3 million to 7.2 million in all, according to the Shanghai greenery and urban landscaping administration.

Flowers in red and yellow — the color of the national flag — are still the top choice. New species such as Zinnia elegans, better known as youth-and-old-age, and cleome hassleriana, commonly known as spider flower, will also be on display.

Parterre decorations will cover around 120,000 square meters at 10 major roads and nine busy areas, including popular tourist areas like the Bund, People’s Square and Xujiahui commercial area.

The surrounding areas near the Huangpu River will be decorated with river-related elements like ship anchors and sea gulls. The 497-square meter flower wall at the Chenyi Square at the Bund and the Financial Square at the Nanjing Road Pedestrian Mall are inspired by the piers of old Shanghai.

The parterres in Xuhui District will add radiance and beauty to the Shanghai West Bund Music Festival, which will be held from October 1 to 3.

Meanwhile, visitors to the capital’s Tian’anmen Square will see smaller and simpler parterres than in previous years. There will be an 18.2-meter-high parterre in the center of the square but there will not be any floral arrangements on the sides. Even the ones near the monument will be smaller than usual.

Earlier this month, the Communist Party of China Central Commission for Discipline Inspection issued a circular, urging officials to refrain from luxurious banquets and gift-giving ahead of the Mid-Autumn Festival, a traditional holiday that fell on September 19 this year, and for the National Day holiday from October 1 to 7.



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