The Ninth China (Beijing) International Garden Expo kicked off on May 18 in the capital’s Fengtai district and will run until Nov 18. The expo will showcase garden styles from 69 Chinese cities and 37 cities from 29 countries. The expo site, which covers an area of 513 hectares, comprises 128 exhibition parks, and is also the largest park in Beijing. The expo, which started in 1997 and is held every two years, is aimed at increasing communication within the gardening industry and boosting the development of the art of gardening in China. It has also become a platform for cultural exhibitions, academic exchanges, as well as business negotiations and promotions.
The ninth China International Garden Expo, held every two years, is jointly organized by the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development and the regional government.
The former garden expos were successively held in Dalian, Nanjing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Xiamen, Jinan and Chongqing beginning in 1997.
The ninth China International Garden Expo will be held in Beijing’s Fengtai district from May 18 to Nov 18.
Former Chinese President Hu Jintao and other former State leaders, including Wu Bangguo, Wen Jiabao and Jia Qinglin, participated in Beijing’s voluntary tree-planting in 2011 and 2012. They had high expectations for the 2013 Garden Expo.
Key projects of the Garden Expo
Green landscapes A green landscape has been built on ecologically-restored abandoned land. A 2.5-kilometer landscape avenue with ginkgoes on both sides penetrates the park from north to south.
Apart from cherry blossoms, carpe myrtle and clove theme parks, the green landscape, covering an area of 147 hectares, has 340 kinds of flowers and over 12 million trees and shrubs.
China Garden Museum
China Garden Museum’s overall floorage is 50,000 square meters. Integrating various technologies, the museum will exhibit new achievements in Chinese gardens and a panorama of landscape art. It will be the first national garden museum in China once completed.
The design concept and layout structure of the museum combines traditional and modern styles to coordinate with its surroundings.
The museum also has an outdoor exhibition park, displaying traditional garden products from different regions and eras.
Main Exhibition Hall
As the main building in the core area of the Garden Expo, the Main Exhibition Hall has an overall floorage of 50,000 square meters. The hall will exhibit garden art from China and abroad, new landscaping techniques and materials, and garden artwork.
During the expo, the hall will be used for high-level forums, academic seminars, technical and commercial exchanges, and other activities.
The hall building is designed in the shape of a Chinese rose, which is Beijing’s city flower. Many energy-saving technologies have been used in the building’s design to lower costs.