Beijing Expo 2019 Planning Enters Final Stage: Theme Buses Debut
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.
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