China set to dazzle with giant show of flower power

More than 16 million visitors are expected from April 29 to Oct 7 this year as China holds Beijing Expo 2019, a horticultural exhibition that will see over 110 countries and international organisations taking part.
Above: The expo's centrepiece is the Chinese Pavilion, where all 31 provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions are represented, with displays of plant species from across the country and illustrations of China's horticultural history. Left: The
Above: The expo's centrepiece is the Chinese Pavilion, where all 31 provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions are represented, with displays of plant species from across the country and illustrations of China's horticultural history. ST PHOTOS: TAN DAWN WEI
A hill was created on the site, with the Yongning Pavilion on top, offering a panoramic view of the grounds and mountains surrounding it.
A hill was created on the site, with the Yongning Pavilion on top, offering a panoramic view of the grounds and mountains surrounding it.ST PHOTOS: TAN DAWN WEI

Expo comes in year of sensitive anniversaries and 70th jubilee of the country's founding

China has pulled out all the stops to create the largest horticultural expo on earth, its biggest show of soft power yet in a year marking several sensitive anniversaries, but also the 70th jubilee of the founding of the People's Republic of China.

With just three weeks to go before President Xi Jinping and other world leaders arrive for the opening ceremony, work is going on round the clock at the 503ha grounds of the Beijing Expo, located in the town of Yanqing, over an hour's drive north-west of Beijing.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 09, 2019, with the headline 'China set to dazzle with giant show of flower power'. Print Edition | Subscribe