The International Horticultural Expo2019 in Yanqing District of Beijing has opened its gates to the public, giving access to over 110 diverse pavilions stretching over a startling size of 960 hectares. During the opening ceremony, President Xi called for intensified and concerted efforts within the international community to protect the beauty of our environment and promote sustainable development. The internationally recognized exhibition “aims to integrate horticulture into daily life" and promotes green development by building a platform for exchanging newest technologies, best practices and sustainable concepts between countries and organizations. Among the various pavilions, the German Garden has focused its exhibit on displaying its experience in urban transformation projects and provides new impetus for green development in metropolitan areas and megacities. The Live Green, Live Better-themed exhibition has anticipated to attract more than 16 Million visitors during its timespan of 162 days until closing on 7 October 2019.
In preparation, over 50’000 trees as well as 130’000 shrubs have been planted to build a diverse and ecologically sound landscape for the multitude of pavilions. With regard to the times after the Expo, the Deputy Major of Beijing, Wang Hong, has promised to transform the existing Expo premises into a cultural area as part of the planned ecotourism belt along the Great Wall.