Category A1 International Horticultural Exhibition
29/04/2019 - 07/10/2019
Live Green, Live Better
The 2019 Horticultural Expo will be held in Yanqing District in Beijing, the capital of the People’s Republic of China. The Expo, which is being organised under the theme “Live Green, Live Better”, will be open between 29 April and 7 October 2019.
Expo 2019 is an A1 category Expo, having been recognised by the BIE at its 155th General Assembly on 12 June 2014. As the BIE co-supervises International Horticultural Expos with the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH), Expo 2019 Beijing is being organised under the auspices of both organisations.
Organisers of Expo 2019 are expecting over 16 million visitors and hope to attract 100 official participants (countries and international organisations) as well as 100 non-official participants.
‘Live Green’ refers to gardening and how it can encourage people to respect and protect nature. This in turn supports the establishment of a green, low-carbon and environmentally friendly attitude.
‘Live Better’ looks to society, with the aim of accelerating research and education in a way that promotes ecological conservation, horticultural development and environmental protection.
The logo of Expo 2019, dubbed ‘Blooming at the foot of the Great Wall’, consists of six different coloured petals surrounding a stylised image symbolising stamens and the Great Wall of China. The image also evokes the skyline of a modern metropolis, conveying harmony between humans and nature.
The different colours of the petals reflect the diverse cultures of the world converging and flourishing at Expo 2019. The colours additionally have a symbolic meaning: blue reflects the environment with the sky above the mountains, green embodies mother nature and a green lifestyle, the overlapping red petals represent the bright future of horticulture, and orange symbolises an abundant harvest.
The two Expo mascots – Xiao Mengya (Little Bud) and Xiao Menghua (Little Flower) - are a young brother and sister inspired by traditional Chinese ‘Lucky Kids’ dolls. With rosy cheeks and dressed in gardener’s gear, the child mascots represent the growth of seeds into plants, and buds blossoming into flowers.
Little Bud and Little Flower are a meeting point of traditional Chinese culture and the theme of Expo 2019 Beijing – Live Green, Live Better. The two characters have been created to spread the message of a green lifestyle that will form a major axis of the Expo, with the mascots set to have a high degree of visibility through media appearances and classroom visits.
The Expo site is located at the foot of the Great Wall of China at Badaling in Yanqing District, Beijing City. Covering 960 hectares along the banks of the Guishui River, it will be the largest ever site of an A1-category Horticultural Expo.
The enclosed area will span 503 hectares, just over half of the total site area, and the remaining area will be split between the open area (399 ha) and the Horticultural Village (58 ha), where participants will stay before and during the Expo. Part of the 424-ha Guishui River Forest Park, which includes wetlands and wooded areas, will be included in the Expo site. Five existing villages within the area of the Expo site will be transformed into model rural villages where residents will be able to live in harmony with nature.
The site will feature over 100 outdoor gardens as well as four theme pavilions: the China Pavilion, the International Museum, the Life Experience Museum and the Plant Museum. The main attractions of the Expo will be split between seven different zones:
- China Exhibition Zone
- Ecological Exhibition Area
- Enterprise Zone
- Guishui River Garden
- Science and Creation Exhibition Area
Innovations are key to Expo 2019’s project, and visitors will be able to discover many of new technologies and techniques first hand. These will include a ‘Green Home’ made entirely of environmentally friendly materials, in which everything is designed to be recycled. Hi-tech robots used in horticulture and food-growing will also be showcased.
In terms of entertainment, the Expo site will feature a Performing Arts Centre as well as a Lawn Theatre capable of hosting 10,000 people. The latter will be the scene of regular fireworks displays throughout the Expo. There will also be many activities aimed at children, including fruit-picking and demonstrations of robots used in horticulture.
In addition to enjoying the many gardens and exhibitions on offer, visitors will be able to walk around wooded areas, cycle from one part of the site to another, and go boating in the lake.
Beijing, the capital of the People’s Republic of China, is the political, cultural, international exchange, and scientific and technological innovation centre of the country.
Covering an area of 16,411km2, Beijing sits against the Yanshan Mountains at the north of the North China Plain, bordering the Tianjin Municipality and Hebei Province. Beijing has a typical monsoon-influenced sub-humid continental climate in the North Temperate Zone.
As a city, Beijing boasts the most world cultural heritage sites, with numerous locations of great historical interest, including the Imperial Palace, the Temple of Heaven, the Great Wall of China at Badaling, the Summer Palace, and others, which have been built throughout the city’s grand history of more than 3,000 years. Dating back 700,000 years, a primitive tribe called “Peking Man” once lived in the Zhoukoudian area of Beijing. In 1045 BCE, Beijing became the capital of vassal states like Ji and Yan. Since 938 CE, Beijing served as the auxiliary capital of the Liao Dynasty, the middle capital of the Jin Dynasty, the Great Capital of the Yuan Dynasty, as well as the capital of the Ming and Qing dynasties successively. On 1 October 1949, Beijing became the capital of the People’s Republic of China.
By the end of 2015, the permanent resident population of Beijing had reached 21.7 million. In 2015, the GDP of Beijing totalled 2.3 trillion yuan, equivalent to USD 344 billion.
In 2019, Beijing will host the World Horticultural Exposition (type A1). In 2022, Beijing will co-host the 2022 Winter Olympics with Zhangjiakou of Hebei Province, thereby becoming the first city in the world to host both the Summer and Winter Olympics.