Horticulture Exposition Garden
International Horticulture Exposition, also known as International
Horticulture Festival, is a top-level professional international
exposition. It has a history of 140-years old. Since the First
International Horticulture Exposition was held in London,
England in 1851, more than forty expositions of various categories
have been held in different countries throughout the world
over the last 140-odd years. Expo'99 is the first of its kind
that has ever been held in China.
The International Horticulture Exposition
is the largest in scale, classified as A1 international exposition.
It displays all exquisite horticultural works and exotic flowers
and rare plants as well as cultural, scientific and technological
achievements of various countries. The aim of the Expo is
to promote the exchange and development in economy, culture,
science and technology among different countries, and to provide
an opportunity for the participants to display to the whole
world their achievements in various fields. It has a reputation
of the Olympics of the world economy, science, technology
The site of Expo'99 is located in the scenic
area named "the Golden Temple Resort" in the northern suburbs
of Kunming, the capital city of Yunnan Province, China. It
covers an area of 218 hectares. The theme of Expo'99 is "Man
and Nature - Marching into the 21st century".
Covered with dense vegetation,
the exposition site is laid out against the mountains
with streams murmuring throughout the area. It
is planned to integrate horticultural works with
architectures of markedly different styles, a
harmonious integration of horticultural works
and modern architectures with the physical features
and environment of the place.
With beautiful landscapes in the exposition
area, Expo'99 displays the exquisite horticultural works
of various countries as well as of various domestic
provinces, regions and municipalities. Meanwhile, the
visitors will have a chance to appreciate the ancient,
modern and contemporary gardening of different countries.
The different display areas set each other off and form
a pleasing scene in beautiful contrast. Mountains, forests,
roads and paths are harmoniously matched with simple
or exquisite red-tiled and black-tiled buildings dotted
here and there among the luxuriant green. The trees
and plants have an exuberant growth of branches and
leaves; vegetables and fruits are varied and abundant
and the grass and flowers fragrant and beautiful - a
picture full of life!
according to functions, the exposition site is divided into
five indoor exhibition areas, there outdoor exhibition areas
and six outdoor professional exhibition areas.
The five indoor exposition areas include
China Hall, Man and Nature Hall, a Large Greenhouse,
Science and Technology Hall, and the International Hall,
with a total floor space of 42,000 square meters. Dozens
of participant countries and international organizations
display their plants, horticultural works and scientific
and technological achievements, each with its own characteristics,
embodying the theme of the harmonious coexistence of
Man and Nature. The six professional exhibition areas
are Bamboo Garden, Potted Landscape Garden, Herbal Plants
Garden, Vegetable and Fruit Garden, Tree Garden and
Tea Garden, with a total area of 65,000 square meters,
displaying the rich and varied plant resources in China.
The three large outdoor exhibition areas are composed
of Domestic Exhibition Area, International Exhibition
Area and Area for Enterprises, with a total area of
116,000 square meters. These outdoor exhibition areas
demonstrate the horticultural works and gardening of
China and other countries in the world and the contributions
the modern enterprises have made to the development
of horticultural undertakings and industries and to
the environment protection. The Scenic Lookout Tower
is 68 meter in height with three columns supporting
a lotus that implies the connotation of the harmonious
relationship between man and nature.
The tourist route runs for about 10 km.
There is a beautiful Garden Route near the gate. Walking is
the chief means of visit which is supplemented with wheelchairs
and cars for visitors and children. There are also cable-cars
between the exhibition area and the Palace Park. Expo'99 Kunming,
China has created a colorful picture of pleasing scenes and
harmonious relationship between Man and Nature.