The International Horticultural Exposition 2014 Qingdao, China, is now open and attracting visitors from within China and all over the world. The Expo, covering 241 hectares, provides a global showcase for the world of horticulture.
Approved by the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH), the Expo opening ceremony took place on 25 April.
37 countries and international organisations are participating, and 1.68 million tickets have already been sold with visitors expected to reach 12 million over the six months that the Expo is open.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, which was broadcast live by Central China TV, AIPH Secretary General, Tim Briercliffe expressed AIPH’s belief that the best cities of the future will be green cities. “Not just green by using renewable energy or by increasing recycling, but green because the landscape is green. These cities will have a lower carbon footprint, will have cleaner air, will have healthier people, will have more successful businesses and will become the envy of people who have to tolerate a grey and plant-free existence,” he said.Mr. Vic Krahn, President, AIPH, added, “It is my privilege and pleasure to congratulate the organisers and supporters of the International Horticultural Exposition 2014 Qingdao on the opening of the Expo. Many years of planning and hard work have finally reached fruition with the result being a stellar world-class horticultural exhibition that demonstrates why plants and the landscape matter so much to our world. Qingdao in 2014 is showing the world what can be achieved and AIPH is pleased to have approved this exposition”.
Themed ‘From the earth, for the earth’, the Expo features well over 100 gardens including a Flower Promenade and a Boulevard plus twelve themed garden areas. These areas include: Chinese Garden, Floriculture Garden, Caogang (Herbal) Garden, Children’s Dream Garden, Science Garden, Enterprise Garden, International Garden, Tea Garden, Agriculture Garden, Flower Garden, Blossom Garden and Mountain Garden.
Anyone with an interest in gardens and horticulture will enjoy this unique and beautiful exposition of breathtaking scale. To make it easier for international visitors to attend the Expo AIPH is working with a leading tour operator to provide week-long VIP tours of the Expo along with visits to plant producers and points of horticultural interest in China. Further details on this will be available shortly.
For more details on the Expo visit http://en.qingdaoexpo2014.org
Photos are available at request.
Tim Briercliffe, AIPH Secretary General