“Expo 2019 Beijing will enhance awareness of a green and healthy life”

Expo 2019 Beijing will be the next International Horticultural Expo to be organised, following Expo 2016 which recently closed in Antalya, Turkey. In an interview with the BIE, Peng Hongming, the Deputy Secretary General of the China Flower Association, discusses China’s history with Horticultural Expos, its pavilion at Expo 2016, and the aims and themes of Expo 2019 Beijing.

Peng Hongming addresses the 159th General Assembly of the BIE in June 2016

China’s Huayuan Garden was a major contribution to Expo 2016 Antalya; did it help attract international support for Expo 2019 Beijing, and what sparked the interest of visitors?

First, we took local conditions into account and used major ways in building classical Chinese gardens to shape an exquisite layout, delivering a profound artistic conception. When entering China’s Huayuan Garden, visitors caught sight of an artistic rockery. Then, the winding paths on both sides led them to some quieter places. Wandering in this garden, visitors could shape virtual scenes through the real ones and feel the magnificence of Chinese gardening art.

Moreover, native Chinese plants and Penjing, including peony, moso bamboo and yacca trees, were skilfully cultivated in this garden, as well as abundant cultural elements. This demonstrates the achievements of the modern Chinese flower industry and the pursuit of harmonious co-existence between human and nature.

The Chinese Garden at Expo 2016 Antalya

As a demonstration of developed Chinese horticulture, China’s Huayuan Garden has enjoyed praise and affection from visitors worldwide. As a major contribution to Expo 2016 Antalya, it helped us attract more participants and visitors to Expo 2019 Beijing, which will fully demonstrate the connotation and unique features of Chinese horticulture.

Expo 2019 Beijing will be the second time China holds a Horticultural Exhibition. Are there any lessons to be learnt from Expo 1999 Kunming?

As the first A1 Category International Horticultural Exhibition to be organised in China, Expo 1999 Kunming is a good example that we can learn a lot from.

Based on the overall view of the Expo site, architectural style and planning, Expo 1999 Kunming has been honoured on the domestic and international levels for its cultural-fusion, harmonising traditional Chinese culture with international culture.

Expo 1999 Kunming made great achievements in terms of both investments and participation by following the mechanism of national supervision and coordination, provincial promotion and city-level implementation.

After Expo 1999 Kunming, the whole Expo site and the facilities were retained and were run for commercial operations. Meanwhile, the flower industry has enjoyed an extraordinary development by taking this historical opportunity for promotion and marketing.

What will be the main thing that visitors take away from Expo 2019 Beijing?

The theme of Beijing’s Expo is “Live Green, Live Better”, and it will have five sub-themes: Green Development, Horticulture in Life, Harmonising with Nature, Education and the Future, and Home of Hearts. While these sub-themes are independent from each other, they are also closely inter-connected.

The Masterplan of Expo 2019 Beijing

As an international event where many countries of the world will participate, Expo 2019 Beijing will, through the development, communication and promotion of the theme “Live Green, Live Better”, demonstrate the common desire for a green lifestyle. The theme will raise people’s awareness of the horticulture industry, human life and health and draw people’s attention to the creativity and development of horticulture while facing the reality and endeavouring to build a better future. With the joint efforts of the Organiser and the Participants, Expo 2019 Beijing will make people aware that the harmonious co-existence and co-evolvement of human beings and nature will constitute the material foundation for a better life. This will lead to a change in attitudes towards life, encouraging people to adopt a green lifestyle, to explore the function of horticulture in health, to promote the quality of life and, more generally, to live better lives.

Through its promotional effects, Expo 2019 Beijing will enhance awareness of a green and healthy life, and encourage people to seek better lives. This process of awareness and practice will take full advantage of the platform of world horticulture. It will deepen people’s understanding of world horticulture, facilitating exploration at this new stage of world horticulture, reflecting on a new way to integrate horticulture into green life. It will create a brand-new model of green homes and of an ecological civilization by guiding people’s understanding of nature and paving the way to adapting to nature, by showing respect to life and adopting a healthy lifestyle, by cherishing nature and setting the heart free.

Expo 2016 Antalya hosts AIPH Congress

Green Cities and Horticultural Expo Best Practices are among the topics to be discussed at the Annual Congress of the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH), which is taking place this week at Expo 2016 Antalya. With the Expo’s international gardens as its backdrop, the Congress will be an opportunity for attendees to exchange, gain knowledge and benefit from insights into horticulture and green policies.

Horticultural Expo 2016 Antalya

The week-long Congress is running from 26 September until 1 October and will include a Green City conference, a two-day International Horticultural Expo conference, a tour of the Expo 2016 site and of the surrounding area, and the AIPH’s Annual Congress meeting.

Tomorrow, the Congress will dedicate a full day to the International Green City Conference, which will focus on ‘Making Cities Greener and Healthier’. The topic of the conference chimes with the motto of Expo 2016 Antalya – A Green Life for Future Generations –, with discussions to focus on how the health and well-being of those who live in cities can be improved by greening policies. Selected speakers from the Netherlands, Qatar, China and the United States, among others, will address the conference, sharing their expertise and promoting the benefits of urban greening.

With Expo 2016 Antalya as the perfect venue, the International Horticultural Expo Conference – to be held on 27-28 September - will allow participants to exchange and compare Best Practices. The conference will hear from Expo 2016 organisers as well as those planning upcoming Horticultural Expos, notably Expo 2019 Beijing.

Attendees to the Congress will also have the opportunity to tour the 112-hectare site of Expo 2016, with its 50 international participants, and 11 thematic gardens. The Expo, which has “Flowers and Children” as its theme, will close on 30 October.

The AIPH unites horticultural producers in an international community that has thrived from 1948 to this day. Since 1959, the AIPH and the BIE have worked together to oversee the organisation of category A1 International Horticultural Expos.

Wang Jinzhen, Commissioner General of Expo 2019, addresses the 159th General Assembly of the BIE

China invites the global community to participate in Expo 2019 Beijing

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, Commissioner General of Expo 2019, addresses the 159th General Assembly of the BIE

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.

Peng Hongming, Deputy Secretary General of the China Flower Association, addresses the 159th General Assembly of the BIE

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).

The Masterplan of Expo 2019 Beijing

The Expo 2016 Antalya delegation before the 159th General Assembly of the BIE

Expo 2016 Antalya is in full bloom

On 15 June 2016, a delegation representing Expo 2016 Antalya addressed the 159th General Assembly of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), detailing the progress of the Horticultural Expo and the latest activities on site.

Expo 2016 Antalya opened its doors to the public on 23 April 2016 under the theme ‘Flowers and Children’, and with the motto ‘A Green Life for Future Generations’. Since then, the Horticultural Expo has been able to provide visitors with a unique experience with its themed gardens, museums, exhibits, activities and events.

The Expo 2016 Antalya delegation before the 159th General Assembly of the BIE

On 22 April, Turkey’s first Horticultural Expo was inaugurated by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Secretary General of the BIE Vicente G. Loscertales, and the President of the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) Bernard Oosterom. The opening ceremony was marked with an impressive sound and light show.

This spectacle was the first of many events taking place at the Expo, with visitors being entertained, amused and educated by a range of activities organised by Expo 2016 and by international participants. Around 175 events are organised on the Expo site every day, with organisers are hoping for a total of 33,250 cultural events by the end of its run.

Hanim Dur, of Expo 2016 Antalya, addresses the 159th General Assembly of the BIE

Daily activities are organised for the amusement of all age groups. Children can benefit from playful educational workshops in the Centre of Science and Technology and Kids Island. Many concerts are taking place on the Expo site, with a wide selection of styles to please all visitors, such as Maroon 5 on 9 June and Deep Purple, who are set to perform on 5 July.

Of the 53 international participants in Expo 2016 Antalya, seven have already celebrated their national day within their pavilion, including the Republic of Korea on 28 April, the Netherlands on 12 May and China on 27 May.

As of 8 June, Expo 2016 Antalya had received 437,929 visitors, with a total of 1,712,315 tickets having been sold. Many activities are being organised in order to further promote the Expo, and a series of forums, meetings and international seminars will take place before the Expo closes its gates on 30 October 2016.

The opening ceremony of Expo 2016 Antalya

Final preparations for Expo 2016 Antalya in Turkey

Expo 2016 Antalya will open in a month, on April 23rd until October 30th.

Tickets and the activity programme are available on the Expo website: www.Expo2016antalya.org.tr.

Expo 2016 Antalya is expected to attract 8 million visits over 6 months. The previously un-woodened 112-ha area chosen for the Expo is now afforested and, aims at constituting a permanent and unique tourist attraction for the region.

With the support and endorsement of both the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) and the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH), Expo 2016 Antalya is the first A1 Category International Horticultural Exhibition to be held in Turkey.

The site of Expo 2016 Antalya includes notably Turkey’s first Agriculture and Biodiversity Museum, a tower symbolizing Hadrian's Gate, a greenhouse, Turkey’s largest congress centre, two amphitheatres, an artificial island and a Science and Technology Centre for children.

Through its theme, “Flowers and Children”, the Expo will explore solutions for a green future, more specifically, for a “green life for future generations”. Its aim to develop the concept of ‘Cultivating the Future’ will be addressed through history, biodiversity, sustainability and green city.

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Vicente G. Loscertales, Secretary General of the BIE, comments: “Horticultural Expos share the same goals as World Expos in each of their respective field: education and progress. Expo 2016 Antalya is a wonderful opportunity to focus on the paramount issues of education and innovation, of sustainable environment, and of nature as a source of inspiration for future generations"

More than forty participating countries will introduce their national horticultural tradition emphasising the international diversity. Thirty-eight ‘urban best practices’, selected at both national and international levels, will be displayed in the Urban Best Practices Area introducing innovating solutions to environmental problems, organic farming, biotechnology and agricultural techniques. A series of activities is also planned throughout the Expo to enable children to develop environmental awareness and responsibility.

With conferences, exhibitions, symposiums, national and international congresses, seminars and workshops, Expo 2016 Antalya aims at creating a platform of exchange, and will analyse environmental issues from cultural, historical as well as educational perspectives. Issues such as global warming, ecological farming, the protection of biodiversity, sustainability and food security will also be addressed.

Expo 2016 Antalya
23 April – 30 October 2016, Antalya, Turkey


About the Horticultural Expo Antalya 2016 with Secretary General Haşmet Suiçmez

In 2016, the Turkish city of Antalya will welcome millions of visitors to its horticultural Expo dedicated to the theme "Flowers and Children". Through its gardens and interactive activities, Expo Antalya 2016 will focus on one major objective: educating future generations on the importance of nature preservation and sustainable development. Haşmet Suiçmez, Secretary General of the Expo, shares his views on the project.

Haşmet Suiçmez, Secretary General of the Expo Antalya 2016

Haşmet Suiçmez, Secretary General of the Expo Antalya 2016

Expo Antalya 2016 opens in less than one year and the construction, landscaping and planting on the Expo site are well underway. Could you tell us about what you have already achieved and what the next steps are?

The infrastructure works at the Expo site have been completed, and superstructure works are ongoing at full pace. Construction activities in 84 parts of the site are being carried out. The tender process for superstructure construction has been completed and the sites have been delivered to the construction companies. By the end of this year, the superstructure construction works will be finished. However, due to its specific structure, the EXPO Tower will be completed by early February 2016.

Landscape and gardening works at the Expo site are also being carried out at full pace. Trees and shrubs have been planted. Works related to thematic areas are also being carried out. Natural plants are being provided for the theme course which will exhibit the biodiversity in Turkey. When the necessary preparations have finished, these natural plants will be taken from the storage and will be planted.

Vegetal sculptures will be located in front of the country gardens. For their composition, we are working in cooperation with the Mosaïcultures Internationales de Montréal.

The Expo theme is « Flowers and Children ». Could you tell us about the different issues that the organisers of Expo Antalya 2016 and participants will address under this theme?

In harmony with the theme, attraction points such as the Children's Island, the Science and Technology Center for Children, "sustainability labyrinth" and rural area activities are being constructed.

Various activities will be organized for children from different age groups. Edutaining activities for children will be arranged. For the organization of such activities, a Cultural Activities Directorate has been established within the EXPO 2016 Antalya Agency.
At the EXPO 2016 Antalya Agency, we expect Participants to design gardens that are in harmony with the theme. The Expo sub-themes are history, biodiversity, green city and sustainability and we hope that they will inspire the Participants.

How is the Expo project promoted among the international community?

We are working hard to promote EXPO 2016 Antalya on the international stage. Promotion activities are ongoing at the Turkish Pavilion at the Expo Milano 2015. Our studies within the scope of the UNEP World Environment Day theme have been presented to the UN. In addition, our studies concerning UN International Bio-diversity Day have been presented during the Biodiversity Congress. We have been developing environment related projects in cooperation with NGOs.

Moreover, a solar energy bike race project has been launched by EXPO 2016 Antalya Agency in association with the SunTrip organization supported by the BIE. Under the "from an EXPO to another" motto, the bike racers started their trip from the Turkish Pavilion at the EXPO 2015 Milano and they will finish at the EXPO 2016 Antalya site in two months' time.
In addition, we have developed new strategies for social media. According to our new schedule prepared in line with these strategies, we have been sharing images, articles and videos for our followers and target groups. Banner displays, Facebook page post link ads, Google rotation banners and Google network ads in 39 countries will start very soon.

What impact do you hope Expo 2016 will have on Antalya and Turkey?

The legacy of EXPO 2016 Antalya will hopefully be an opportunity to seek common solutions for common problems, such as climate change and environmental problems that threaten the Earth. We believe that the recognition of Antalya on international stage will increase by virtue of the cooperation developed throughout EXPO 2016 Antalya. This in return will help tourism which is already a vibrant sector in Antalya. We also believe that already existing eco-tourism will take on a new meaning fostering the development of tourism. The aim is also to focus on alternative energy resources and last but not least to raise the awareness of children towards environmental issues.

Antalya Expo 2016 as seen by children

Two years ago, the organisers of the Horticultural Expo 2016 Antalya launched an original project to promote and interpret the theme of the Expo "Flowers and Children".

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The Group for Creative Works that exists within the Expo 2016 Antalya Council proposed the organisation of an artistic workshop for children to enable them to express their vision of the Expo through their drawings.

The volunteers of Expo 2016 Antalya and the Chamber of Agricultural Engineers first supported this initiative which proved to be a huge success: almost 700 drawings have been produced and displayed so far. Moreover, some of the drawings will be transformed into sculptures or into objects to be used for the site planning.

Inspired by the works of these young artists, a real team of designers from the University of Akdenitz has begun working on this project. Supported by the various departments of the University, the Chamber of Architects and the Municipal Council of Antalya, its implementation will last until the end of the Antalya Expo 2016.

We would like to propose to you some images illustrating the project.

AIPH International Horticultural Expo Conference to be held in Paris

AIPH International Horticultural Expo Conference to be held in Paris

The Association of International Horticultural Producers (AIPH) will be hosting an International Horticultural Expo Conference in Paris on the 19th March.

During the one-day event speakers will address key topics such as best practices in the organisation of horticultural expos, the definition and implementation of the right expo theme and the role of horticultural expos in influencing city development and landscape design. Organisers of horticultural exhibitions will also make short reports to present the progress made and the expectations for their exhibitions.

The Secretary General of the BIE, Vicente Gonzalez Loscertales, will give an outline of the current programme for international exhibitions, share the BIE's expectations for future international horticultural exhibitions and speak about the cooperation between the BIE and the AIPH.

The next horticultural expos to be held under the BIE auspices are Expo 2016 Antalya Turkey and Expo 2019 Beijing China. The BIE recognises and regulates A1 international horticultural exhibitions approved by the AIPH since 1959.

For more information on the Conference and registration, please visit the following site www.etouches.com/aiph-expo-paris2015.

Expo Beijing 2019, the next steps after the recognition, with Mr. Wang

Last week, Expo Beijing 2019 received formal approval from the BIE member states to officially start organizing its event. Mr. Wang Jinzhen, Vice President of the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT), tells us about next steps and hopes for the Expo.

BIE - Expo Beijing 2019 has been granted recognition by the BIE, congratulations! What will your next steps be now that the organization of the Expo has been officialised?

Mr Wang: Now that we have been granted recognition by the BIE and approved by the AIPH, the preparation process will be speeded up. We will focus on 5 key points. During the upcoming year, we will finish drafting the special regulations of the Expo. We will also develop our theme "Live Green, Live Better" by organizing international symposia with experts and leading thinkers. Third, we will start inviting countries to participate, even though there are still several years to go. I believe time is precious in the organization of such an event. The overall planning also needs to be further improved. Finally, we will start planning promotion and activities program. We have a lot of work in front of us!

The Expo theme "Live Green, live better" is closely linked to the Green city concept advocated by the AIPH. Do you hope the Expo will help green the city of Beijing?

Definitely. We want to make sure it will be as successful as Expo Shanghai 2010. I expect Expo 2019 will improve the quality of the air in Beijing and neighbouring cities, embellish their environment and greatly develop their infrastructures.

Mr Wang at the BIE General Assembly

Mr Wang at the BIE General Assembly

About Expo Beijing 2019 with Mr. Wang

Last November, Mr Wang Jinzhen, Vice President of the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, told us about the objectives of the horticultural Expo Beijing 2019 dedicated to the theme "Live Green, Live Better".

BIE: What has motivated China to take on the challenge of a new Expo?

Mr. Wang: After the success of Shanghai 2010 we would like to build up on the experience we have gained. Since 2010, we have expanded our collaboration with the BIE and its members. We are currently developing the World Expo Museum, the first museum dedicated to World Expos, and working on our participation to Milan Expo 2015 where we will have the 2nd largest pavilion. We wish to host Expo 2019 to further strengthen our involvement with the BIE and World Expos.

What impact do you hope Expo 2019 will have on China?

China is in the process of economic development and the living standards in the country are improving day by day. Along with these improvements, the quality of the environment is becoming an important issue for the Chinese people. Under these circumstances, the 3rd Plenum of the Communist Party of China held in November 2013, has integrated environmental protection among its key priorities. There could be no better timing for the Expo. It will help promote the concept of ecology, improve our environment and boost international cooperation. Beijing 2019 will give us the opportunity to learn from other countries and further improve our situation. By attracting tourists and generating employment, it will also help us reach our goal of doubling the GDP of China and the income for urban and rural citizens by 2020.

What do you want to achieve with the theme "Live Green, Live Better"?

The theme will insist on the importance of sustainable development. It will allow the public to understand the relationship between man and nature and what everyone can do to improve and protect our natural environment rather than destroy it.

Mr. Wang at the BIE General Assembly

Mr. Wang at the BIE General Assembly

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