Bei­jing Expo 2019 Plan­ning En­ters Fi­nal Stage: Theme Buses Debut

Beijing (English) - - CONTENTS - Trans­lated by Re­becca Lou Edited by Mary Frances Cap­piello Pho­tos cour­tesy of Pub­lic­ity and Plan­ning Depart­ment of the Bei­jing World Hor­ti­cul­tural Expo Co­or­di­na­tion Bu­reau

Buses dec­o­rated with em­blems and mas­cots of the Expo, which en­tered op­er­a­tion on Novem­ber 22, will be used to take tourists be­tween des­ti­na­tions such as the Great Wall, the For­bid­den City, and the Bei­jing Expo 2019.

Since Novem­ber 22, it has been hard not to no­tice new buses on Bei­jing streets. They are painted with pic­tures show­ing the “Flower of the Great Wall” em­blem of the 2019 In­ter­na­tional Hor­ti­cul­tural Ex­hi­bi­tion 2019, Bei­jing, usu­ally re­ferred to as Bei­jing Expo 2019. Mas­cots Lit­tle Bud and Lit­tle Flower, a brother and sis­ter, also ap­pear on the buses, as does the expo slo­gan, “Live Green and Live Bet­ter.” The debut of the buses is an­other sign that the 2019 Bei­jing World Expo is around the cor­ner.

The Bei­jing Expo 2019 will open in Yan­qing Dis­trict on April 29 and con­tinue until Oc­to­ber 7, 2019. A total of 150 days re­main until the open­ing. The con­struc­tion of the park is al­most done and the prepa­ra­tion phase is nearly com­pleted, al­low­ing Bei­jing to un­veil a show­case of the achieve­ments of Chi­nese and over­seas hor­ti­cul­ture, high­lights of pre­vi­ous ex­pos, and of the best of hor­ti­cul­ture from around the world.

Buses Help Pro­mote the Expo

The buses dec­o­rated with em­blems and mas­cots of the Expo, which en­tered op­er­a­tion on Novem­ber 22, will be used to take tourists be­tween des­ti­na­tions such as the Great Wall, the For­bid­den City and the Bei­jing Expo 2019. They will also help en­gage the pub­lic with the expo by spread­ing the theme of “Live Green and Live Bet­ter.” Ye Dahua, deputy direc­tor of Bei­jing Expo Bu­reau, said: “I be­lieve that when the expo opens in 2019, the buses will carry tourists on re­fresh­ing tours high­light­ing health and fam­ily fun.”

The first 10 buses are new en­ergy mod­els bought by tour op­er­a­tor China Youth Travel Ser­vice (CYTS), which was one of the first five global

part­ners of Bei­jing Expo 2019. It is also the sole global part­ner in the field of tourism ser­vices at the expo. Dur­ing the event, CYTS will pro­vide funds and op­er­a­tional sup­port ser­vices in­clud­ing tourism re­cep­tion, ex­hi­bi­tion op­er­a­tion, and pro­mo­tion. The launch of the themed buses is part of its pro­mo­tional cam­paign which has com­mis­sioned a total of 120 buses. Vice pres­i­dent of CYTS, Yuan Hao, said the com­pany will go all out to pro­vide in­te­grated ser­vice for the expo and con­trib­ute to an ex­cit­ing and un­for­get­table gar­den­ing event.

Elab­o­rate Prepa­ra­tion

More than five months re­main until the open­ing of the Bei­jing Expo 2019. Venue con­struc­tion is pro­ceed­ing as planned. At present, core ar­eas such as the China Pavil­ion and the In­ter­na­tional Pavil­ion are un­der­go­ing in­te­rior dec­o­ra­tion, electro­mechan­i­cal in­stal­la­tion and out­door con­struc­tion. Most of the sup­port­ing ser­vice build­ings have en­tered the in­te­rior and ex­te­rior dec­o­ra­tion phase, and most of the key parts of pub­lic green land­scape projects are fin­ished. Shrub plant­ing and main con­struc­tion tasks are com­pleted. All out­door plant­ing is fin­ished ex­cept for some sea­sonal flow­ers which need to be planted next spring.

The ex­hi­bi­tion mode of the expo will be a true high­light of the event. The expo will show­case the whole hor­ti­cul­ture in­dus­try chain, com­bine dis­plays with in­ter­ac­tive ex­pe­ri­ences and mix tra­di­tional dis­plays with dig­i­tal tech­nol­ogy. It will present new tech­nolo­gies, pro­cesses and ideas for hor­ti­cul­ture. Spe­cial competitio­ns and ex­hi­bi­tions will be or­gan­ised. Mean­while, a large in­door wall will present a blend­ing of plant land­scap­ing with mod­ern mul­ti­me­dia tech­nol­ogy. Visitors will be able to see rare plants from around the world and cut­ting- edge tech­nolo­gies in mul­ti­layer three- di­men­sional cul­ti­va­tion, wa­ter and fer­tiliser in­te­gra­tion, and agri­cul­tural on­line en­vi­ron­men­tal con­trol. There will also be mod­u­lar farm­ing us­ing con­tain­ers. Visitors will be able to watch high-level flower competitio­ns in grow­ing pe­onies, or­chids, roses and chrysan­the­mums. They will also be able to ex­pe­ri­ence the ap­pli­ca­tion of gar­den­ing in cloth­ing, food, hous­ing, en­ter­tain­ment and health.

Blueprints Turned into Re­al­ity

The Bei­jing Expo 2019 grounds will be­come a park where visitors can enjoy true beauty. It will fea­ture the Tiantian Moun­tain, an eight-hectare lake and a spe­cial pavil­ion called Yongn­ing Pavil­ion. The China Pavil­ion will re­flect the coun­try's pro­found cul­ture and great in­clu­sive­ness. The In­ter­na­tional Pavil­ion will be a fash­ion­able venue made from 94 flower um­brel­las. The plant hall, called “Kalei­do­scope,” will be filled with plants brought in from Xishuang­banna. The Life Ex­pe­ri­ence Pavil­ion aims to be like an idyl­lic mar­ket. There will be more than 30 in­ter­na­tional ex­hi­bi­tion parks through­out the expo grounds as well.

The expo will also be a great place for sight­see­ing. A total of 2,000 events will be held over 162 days, in­clud­ing open­ing and clos­ing cer­e­monies, as well as na­tional day, pro­vin­cial and dis­trict days. There will also be a num­ber of pro­fes­sional high-end fo­rums and spe­cial per­for­mances from all over the globe. Float pa­rades, drone per­for­mances and night-time “mag­i­cal for­est” shows will guar­an­tee a va­ri­ety of ex­cit­ing ex­pe­ri­ences for tourists.

The expo will be a cam­pus which can spread hor­ti­cul­tural knowl­edge. The park, which orig­i­nally had 50,000 trees be­fore the expo, now has 50,000 new trees and 130,000 shrubs, al­low­ing view­ers to im­merse them­selves in study­ing plants and gar­den­ing knowl­edge.

The expo will also be­come a har­mo­nious home for hu­man be­ings and na­ture. For ex­am­ple, in the literati gar­den, the ar­range­ment of spe­cial gar­dens will re­flect lit­er­ary and poetic pur­suits. When de­sign­ing the park, the ex­ist­ing forests were fully pre­served, and the habi­tat con­di­tions were kept in­tact for the birds liv­ing there. Har­mony be­tween peo­ple and na­ture is an im­por­tant theme for the expo.

A Bei­jing Expo 2019-themed bus

Bei­jing Expo 2019 mas­cot fig­ures on a bus

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