At the 159th General Assembly of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) on 15 June 2016, a delegation from China presented a progress report detailing the preparations for Horticultural Expo 2019 Beijing. The Expo, which will take place in Yanqing, near the Great Wall of China and on the banks of the Guishui River, will take place from April to October 2019.
Wang Jinzhen, the Commissioner General of Expo 2019 and Vice Chairman of the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) told the General Assembly that preparations for the Expo are “going smoothly” and presented a video of the plan for the Expo site. Mr. Wang added that organisers are expecting over 16 million visitors and the participation of over 100 official exhibitors (including countries and international organisations) as well as 100 non-official exhibitors.
The Chinese delegation announced that the Chinese Government is officially inviting the global community to participate in Expo 2019. The Deputy Secretary General of the China Flower Association, Peng Hongming, stated that China has already engaged conversations with international participants at the ongoing Horticultural Expo in Antalya. Ms. Peng reiterated the environmental commitments of Expo organisers, and stated that infrastructure projects are well under way.
According to the Masterplan, the 960-hectare Expo site will include four themed pavilions, a performing arts centre and over 100 outdoor gardens. The potential of Expo 2019 is currently being showcased in the 3,150m2 China pavilion at Expo 2016 in Antalya. The pavilion, which features over 100 types of flowers and plants, has helped attract international attention to the upcoming Expo in Beijing.
Expo 2019, which is being organised under the theme ‘Live Green, Live Better’, will be the second Horticultural Exhibition to be held in China, 20 years after Expo 1999 Kunming. Horticultural Expos are organised under the joint auspices of the BIE and the Association of International Horticultural Producers (AIPH).