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Taipei's vast flower expo to showcase 'Power of Beauty'

WHEN the Shanghai World Expo ends next November, people can enjoy another expo, this one in Taiwan.

The Taipei International Gardening and Horticulture Exposition will run from November 6, 2010, to April 25, 2011.

"It is fate that two big cities across the Strait can hold world-level expositions in succession," said Tuo Chung-hwa, commissioner of the Taipei City Department of Information and Tourism.

Tuo said he hoped residents of the two cities would visit both expositions to increase intercity exchanges.

Taipei is negotiating with Shanghai travel agencies to give World Expo 2010 visitors discounts when they buy Taipei expo admission tickets, he said.

The Taipei flora expo will cover 75 hectares, encompassing Yuanshan Park, Taipei Fine Arts Park, Xingsheng Park and Dajia Riverside Park.

The expo will have 14 exhibition halls, including six new pavilions.

Expo info

At the Shanghai World Expo, visitors can learn about the Taipei flora expo by visiting the Taipei section of the Urban Best Practices Area. They can also get information about touring Taipei city.

The Taipei flora mascot is Ya-by, which resembles a brown seed and has recently arrived in Shanghai to promote the Taipei event. Ya-by recently performed with its Shanghai World Expo counterpart, Haibao.

Ya-by's mission is to spread the message of the Taipei expo - "The Power of Beauty."

The Taipei City Government emphasizes environmental protection and hopes the flora expo will help turn Taipei into a beautiful garden city, said Vice Mayor Lee Yong-ping.

An estimated eight million people are expected to visit the Taipei expo and the city government hopes about 50,000 of them will come from Shanghai.

"We hope to increase the flights and open a new route between Shanghai's Hongqiao Airport and Taipei's Songshan Airport," said commissioner Tuo.

In addition to beautiful flowers, Shanghai visitors can also enjoy different lifestyles in Taipei, he said.


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