(Yicai Global) Oct. 9 -- When the curtain falls today on the five-plus month-long 2019 Beijing International Horticultural Exhibition, 9.3 million visitors will have passed through its gates, making it the largest such botanical show in the world.
Since its April 28 opening, 110 international organizations and more than 120 private Chinese participants staged 3,248 events that lured record-breaking hordes of viewers from home and abroad, said Gao Yan, executive director of the expo's executive committee, at a news conference, China Radio International reported online.
This year's fair sprawled over 503 hectares in Beijing's mountainous Yanqing district, a major Winter Olympic venue lying 121 kilometers to the north of the capital. It encompassed more than 100 exhibition zones, with existing and newly added trees numbering 230,000 and over 8,000 rare horticultural products on display from both home and abroad, with 820 types of vegetables, fruit trees and Chinese medicinal herbs interpreting the theme of harmony between humans and nature.
Three professional flower and gardening conferences were held during the expo, with more than 300 participants from 69 countries and six international organizations and various domestic and foreign experts giving keynote speeches and publishing the Beijing Declaration of the 2019 World Flower Congress, noted Jiang Zehui, president of the China Flower Association.
After the closing ceremony, the park will be rebuilt as an ecological civilization demonstration base and a tourist destination open to the public and will provide supporting services for the 2022 Winter Olympic Games and the Winter Paralympic Games in Beijing, said a person in a position of responsibility with the Beijing World Expo.
Editor: Ben Armour