One of the primary requirements for a successful International Horticultural Expo project is its integration with the city and region and its positive impact on city development, mobility, and land regeneration. Large-scale events such as International Horticultural Expos also encourage investment in new infrastructure, which becomes a permanent addition to the city and improves the quality of life for residents.
In China, for our approved International Horticultural Exhibition 2024 Chengdu, the Expo host city has been designated as a garden city, which is all part of an ambitious urbanisation Master Plan issued by the CPC Central Committee and State Council in October 2021, known as the Chengdu-Chongqing Economic Circle.
The picture above shows the AIPH team with the Chengdu Expo Organisers viewing the model of construction during an Expo site inspection in March 2023.
The Master Plan for the Construction of the Chengdu-Chongqing Economic Circle identifies 27 districts in Chengdu and 14 other Sichuan cities covering an area of 185,000 km². When construction is complete in 2025, it will support a population of more than 96 million people.
The plans for Chengdu include construction for an Eastern New Area, with a project titled ‘Park City Ideal Home’. From the Master Plan of the Chengdu-Chongqing Economic Circle, there is a requirement for Chengdu to have seven cities, planned in two urban clusters and five industrial functional areas.
The construction is guided by five high-quality development principles, one of which is to approach this project as an Ecology-first green development. The location of the Eastern New Area has a blue-green landscape ecological background, so the aim of the planning is to create a dynamic, liveable, and industrial park-type urban space and include space for future-oriented technology industries.
Titled ecological civilisation, the planning will optimise a spatial development pattern that will improve the efficiency of land, water, and energy use and for the inhabitants to build green and low-carbon work and lifestyle habitats.
The Chengdu Municipal Government and Chengdu Eastern New Area Administrative Committee are overseeing the construction of the International Horticultural Exhibition 2024 Chengdu Expo. You can read more about the Expo’s update here.
The Expo’s theme is ‘City in Parks and Life in Poetries’, and although this event will last six months, between 26 April to 28 October, it will demonstrate and promote the country’s dual circulation development paradigm of China’s western region to visitors both domestically and internationally.
Chengdu was a finalist in the AIPH World Green City Awards 2022. You can read more about the Grey to Green Initiative at this link www.aiph.org/green-city-case-studies/chengdu-china/