The 10th China Flower Expo that will be held in Shanghai's Chongming Island is about to enter the final stage of preparation, with several rounds of stress tests set to take place in May, according to local authorities.
Chen Qun, deputy director of the department in charge of the expo's management, said that the construction of outdoor gardens and indoor exhibition venues is scheduled to be completed by mid-May.
"It will be the first expo to be hosted on an island, in the countryside and surrounded by forests," said Chen. The expo, which will span 10 square kilometers, will take place on the island from May 21 to July 2. It will comprise a core flower exhibition zone with a record high 180 outdoor gardens and two service zones.
Tourists will get to see over 1,000 types of flowers including magnolia, Chinese plums, and chrysanthemums. "One of the highlights would be the largest outdoor orchid park in China that measures 30,000 sq m. The park will feature 300 kinds of orchids from around the world," said Ren Yuanbin, deputy chief engineer of Chongming Ecotourism Group. Rare flowers such as green chrysanthemum and the world's smallest water lily will be exhibited as well, Ren said.
At the Hongqiao Flower Village in Jianshe town of Chongming, three new tulip varieties that were cultivated in the Netherlands are being stored in the village now as a gift for the expo, according to Jiang Yong, chairman of Shanghai Aalsmmer Horticulture, which manages the village.
"All tulips in the village are imported from the Netherlands. Tulips require an extended period of cold dormancy before they flower. In hot climates, we store them in refrigerators for weeks to trick them into blooming and extend its flowering period to May and longer," Jiang said.
"We will introduce more flower bulbs from the Netherlands to Chongming, as the island is suitable for the production of Mediterranean bulbous flowers. We have also introduced the world's most cutting-edge flower processing and production technology from the Netherlands to achieve full automation for the local industry. Facilities such as greenhouses and flower workshops are also under construction. They are expected to be the most advanced technology application base for tulips production in China," Jiang added.
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