“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.

Closing ceremony for Expo 2016 Antalya

Horticultural Expo 2016 drew to a close yesterday in the city of Antalya, Turkey. The A1 category International Horticultural Exhibition, which was organised under the theme 'Flowers and Children', welcomed over 4.5 million visitors.

Closing ceremony of Expo 2016 Antalya

The closing ceremony in the Expo Congress Centre was notably attended by the Turkish Minister of Food, Agriculture and Livestock, Faruk Çelik, the President of the General Assembly of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), Steen Christensen, and the President of the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH), Bernard Oosterom.

Steen Christensen, the President of the General Assembly of the BIE

During its six-month run, visitors to Expo 2016 were drawn to the themed and the international gardens, as well as to the Urban Best Practices Area, which showcased 38 innovative solutions to modern-day problems in the area of agriculture, sustainability and environmental management. Education was mixed with entertainment as a multitude of cultural events were organised throughout the duration of the Expo, including art exhibitions, national day celebrations and shows by top international performers. Furthermore, the Expo hosted numerous conferences and seminars, including a forum held on 21 October in collaboration with cultural diplomacy organisation Liberatum.

Now that the Expo has closed, the site will be transformed into a public park to be enjoyed by locals and tourists alike. This ensures that the legacy of the Expo will live on; visitors will continue to visit the gardens, and Antalya will continue to benefit from the infrastructure and facilities developed for the Expo. The Secretary General of the BIE, Vicente G. Loscertales, stated that “Expos go down in history for the experiences they have created and for their physical legacy. The gardens created for Expo 2016 will be enjoyed by the people of Antalya for generations to come.”

Antalya Kaleiçi

The President of the General Assembly of the BIE, Steen Christensen, addressed attendees at the closing ceremony, congratulating the Turkish Government and the organisers on hosting a wonderful Expo. Mr Christensen also thanked the volunteers and the people of Antalya for contributing to the success, adding that “even in difficult times, Antalya – and Turkey – continued to welcome the world, embodying the Expo spirit which emphasises hospitality, cooperation and dialogue.”

Steen Christensen, the President of the General Assembly of the BIE hands over the flag of the BIE to the Vice-Mayor of Beijing, Cheng Hong

Expo 2016 was organised under the joint auspices of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) and the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH), which held its annual conference at the Expo earlier in October. The next International Horticultural Expo will take place in Beijing, the capital of the People’s Republic of China in 2019, under the theme ‘Live Green, Live Better’. The Vice-Mayor of Beijing, Cheng Hong, was present at the ceremony in order to receive the BIE flag.

Horticultural Expo 2019 Beijing unveils logo and mascots

The organisers of Expo 2019 Beijing, the next Horticultural Expo to take place after Expo 2016 Antalya, have unveiled the emblem and mascots at a launch event at the Great Wall at Badaling, Beijing, on 19 September. With less than three years until the opening of the Expo, the launch was an opportunity to draw attention to the event under the tagline ‘Blossoming at the Foot of the Great Wall’.

Horticultural Expo 2019 Beijing Logo

Dubbed ‘Flower of the Great Wall’, the logo consists of six different coloured petals surrounding a stylised image symbolising both the Great Wall of China and stamens rising. The design of the emblem conveys Expo 2019’s promotion of harmony between humans and nature, as well as the location of the Expo site, at the foot of the world famous Great Wall of China.

The logo was selected from over 1,900 designs that were submitted from across China and further afield.

Xiao Mengya and Xiao Menghua, the mascots of Expo 2019 Beijing

The two Expo mascots – Xiao Mengya (Little Bud) and Xiao Menghua (Little Flower) - are a young brother and sister inspired by traditional Chinese 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.

Expo 2019 is an A1-category International Horticultural Expo organised under the joint auspices of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) and the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH). The Expo, which will be held between 29 April and 7 October 2019, is taking place on a 960 ha site in Yanqing District in Beijing, at the foot of the Great Wall at Badaling.

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