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Xian China International Horticultural Exposition 2011

In September 2007, upon the approval of the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) and the State Council, the International Horticultural Exposition 2011 Xi'an will be held in Xi'an -- an ancient capital with a long history, the eastern terminus of the Silk Road, home to the Terracotta Warriors and a modern and ecological new city in China's central region.

The International Horticultural Exposition will be held in the Chan-Ba Ecological District, Xi'an in 2011. It will be another grand International Horticultural Exposition by China after the Kunming 1999 and Expo 2006 Shenyang, as well as an important opportunity to showcase green civilization and promote the nation's image.

The expo covers a total area as large as 418 hectares, 188 hectares of which are water area. The total investment for the project is RMB 2 billion. The expo will last for 178 days from April 28th to October 22nd, 2011. At that time, there will be more than 100 cities and organizations and expected to attract 12 million tourists from both home and abroad.

The expo is based on a main pattern of "two circles, two axes, and five groups". "Two circles" refers to the main circle, the core site with the majority of the exhibition areas and sightseeing spots, and the sub-circle, the expanded site with support facilities such as the expo village and management center . "Two axes" refers to two landscaping axes, with north-south as the main axis and west-east as the sub-axis. "Five groups" includes Chang'an Park, Creativity Park, Five-Continent Park, Sci-tech Park and Experience Park. The main building includes Chang'an Tower, Greenhouse, Theme Pavilion and the Guangyun Entrance. The Five Major Horticultural Scenic Spots are the Chang'an Flower Valley, Colorful Plants from Qinling Mountains, Flowers along the Silk Road, Overseas Collections and Flower Rainbow over the Ba River. The Three Characteristic Zones refers to Romance by the Ba River, Southeast Asian Street and European Avenue.

The expo's theme is "Eternal peace and harmony between nature and mankind, nurturing the future earth--a city for nature, co-existing in peace".
Interpretation: "People" represents the city, and "Chang'an" is the old name of Xi'an as a capital in ancient times with a long history and a symbol for national prosperity and security. Hence, "Nature and People in One in Chang'an" embodies the harmonious co-existence between the city and nature. "Nature Creativity", that is "nurturing the future earth", refers to: harmoniously live along with the nature and to utilize and reform the nature on the basis of respecting and protecting it.

The emblem of the International Horticultural Exposition Xi'an called the "Chang'an Flower", which names after a poem "Riding on the crest of success, seeing all the flowers in Chang'an." The design comes from the Classic of the Virtue of the Path and the Power: "The Tao produced One; One produced Two; Two produced Three; and Three produced All things." The emblem takes the shape of a flower composed of petals arranged in ascending order, from the triangle of the innermost layer to the hexagon of the outer layer, forming an auspicious oriental flower seal. The emblem was designed by Chen Shaohua, a well-known graphic designer from Xi'an, who also designed the emblem of the 2008 Beijing Olympics and Chinese New Year Zodiac stamps. The emblem can be interpreted as follows: Three for the seeds of all nature, lying in an auspicious flower; Four for the corners of the land, propping up the vault of heaven; Five for the foliage from the trees, shielding the flourishing land; and Six for running water, nurturing all life on the planet.


Expo's Emble

Expo Mascot
The primitive image of the Chang'an Flower is formed from the city flower of Xi'an, the pomegranate blossom. It is a very friendly, trusting, stylized human-like figure whose oversized head is a pomegranate that ends in a shock of "hair" -- a flower, albeit, a flower that looks more like a daisy than the pomegranate blossom. The mascot is chiefly in red, with a green-and-yellow "daisy" (shock of "hair") growing out of its crown and with big, black-and-white, wide-set eyes whose pupils are somehow suggestive of the yin and the yang (the gentle, unassuming smile and the wide-set eyes are the key elements that convey a sense of trust).

Expo's Mascot

Together, let's look forward to Xi'an China International Horticultural Exposition 2011. We'll see you in Xi'an, China!,
Author/Editor By : Athena