All the preparatory work including venue construction and exhibits arrangement for the Beijing International Horticultural Expo has been completed as the official opening of the expo draws near, according to the organizer.
Construction of the venues as well as interior decoration for 110 official and 120 non-official exhibitors have all completed, with their respective operation teams already in place, Wang Hong, deputy mayor of Beijing, said at a press conference Wednesday.
Beijing will add more public transport services to facilitate visitors, with 11 temporary parking lots built to accommodate over 20,000 cars, according to Wang.
Around the theme of "live green, live better," more than 2,500 cultural activities including a grand opening ceremony will be held during the expo, which is slated to open on April 29 in the district of Yanqing on the northern outskirts of Beijing.
Besides large-scale activities such as the opening ceremony and the China Pavilion Day, visitors can also enjoy special activities like float parades and performances of world ethnic cultures, according to the organizer.
"These cultural activities are organized by more than 60 countries and international organizations, making the expo a great platform for diverse cultures across the globe and showing the harmony between humans and nature," said Wang Hong, deputy mayor of Beijing.
"We will continue to finish preparations for all work and try to offer the world a unique, wonderful and unforgettable horticultural gathering," Wang said.
This is the second time for China to play host to such a high-level horticulture expo. The southwestern Chinese city of Kunming held the 1999 expo.
More than 20,000 plants spanning 1,000 types from across the world will be showcased at the Plant Pavilion at the upcoming Beijing International Horticultural Exhibition, or the Beijing Expo, offering a visual feast to visitors, local officials said.
Exotic flowers and herbs from home and abroad will be displayed during the exhibition, organizers said.
"We have selected more than 1,000 flowers from abroad, which adapt to Beijing's climate and have high ornamental value," said Yu Xuebin, deputy general manager of Beijing Landscape and Forestry Group.
In addition, wildflowers will be highlighted at the exhibition.
After the exhibition, the public space will be preserved to develop local tourism and horticulture, according to Ye Dahua, deputy head of the bureau. It will also be a leisure area for local residents and a new attraction for tourists to enjoy floral sightseeing tours, he said.