Flow­ers to dec­o­rate Bei­jing as Na­tional Day nears

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA - By DU JUAN du­juan@chi­nadaily.com.cn

A huge bas­ket-shaped flower ar­range­ment themed “Bless­ings to China” will be in­stalled in Tian’an­men Square un­der the dec­o­ra­tion plan for the up­com­ing Na­tional Day hol­i­day on Oct 1.

The Bei­jing Gar­den­ing and Green­ing Bureau un­veiled the plan on Fri­day, say­ing that high-tech­nol­ogy such as 3D mod­el­ing was adopted in the mak­ing of the flower beds.

Be­sides the main bas­ket, 10 ad­di­tional flower ter­races with dif­fer­ent good wishes to the coun­try will be dis­played along Chang’an Av­enue.

“Ac­cord­ing to the plan, the dec­o­ra­tion pro­ject will use about 2 mil­lion flow­ers with the main col­ors of yel­low and red — which are col­ors of China’s na­tional flag,” said Jie Jun, di­rec­tor of the bureau’s af­forest­ing di­vi­sion.

He said the de­signer con­sid­ered en­ergy-sav­ing and sus­tain­abil­ity dur­ing the plan, so more local flow­ers and plants will be used in the ar­range­ment instead of ones trans­ported from other prov­inces.

Con­struc­tion work was started on Thurs­day and is ex­pected to be fin­ished by Sept 23.

The main flower ar­range­ment in the cen­ter of the square, which has been an an­nual Na­tional Day dec­o­ra­tion since 2011, will be 17 me­ters high this year with its flower con­tainer at a height of 15.3 me­ters and a di­am­e­ter at the base of 50 me­ters.

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