A theme day for the Beijing Expo 2019 opens at the Beijing Week in Ottawa

In the morning of October 5, 2017 (local time), the Beijing Expo 2019 held a theme day marketing event named Experience Magical Chinese Plants in Ottawa, Canada during the Beijing Week. 2017-10-09

In the morning of October 5, 2017 (local time), the Beijing Expo 2019 held a theme day marketing event named Experience Magical Chinese Plants in Ottawa, Canada during the Beijing Week. As one of the highlights of the Beijing Week, the event helped the overseas audience better understand Chinese horticulture and Beijing’s traditional culture. The event consists of interactive horticultural experience and flower arrangements, tea ceremony, and floats with flowers and plants that are rich in traditional Chinese culture.

Ye Dahua, Deputy Director-General of Beijing International Horticultural Exhibition Coordination Bureau (BIHECB), presented the Beijing Expo 2019 to the audience. The Beijing Expo will focus on plants including flowers, fruits, vegetables, herbs and teas, he said. More than 100 countries and international organizations will bring their horticultural culture and flower and plants to the Expo. He welcomed the world to the Beijing Expo 2019 for a horticultural feast, where people can experience the charms of plants and express our gratitude for the gifts of nature.

Center of focus: traditional Chinese culture and styles

Traditional Chinese culture and horticulture were ubiquitous at the event. A Chinese-style float that promoted the Beijing Expo attracted many tourists. Inspired by che nian, a type of vehicles used by ancient Chinese people for travels, the float is decorated in bright red and green colors with ancient Chinese patterns. The vehicle, decked out in flower arrangements in a style very different from the Western-style one, offered unique Chinese experience.

 This brilliant and elegant show of flower arrangements was greatly admired by the tourists. Wan Hong and Li Haibo, well-known Chinese flower arrangement masters, wearing traditional Chinese costumes, arranged chrysanthemums, maple leaves, and other materials into beautiful works. “This piece of work, which I call Flowers of Friendship, uses traditionally well known Chinese flowers and Canadian maple leaves. It stands for the long friendship between China and Canada. It has two levels, the upper and lower ones. It has unique Chinese features,” said Wan Hong. Li Haibo’s work, symbolizing long lasting happiness, good fortune, and longevity, used pines and cypresses, lilies, anthemis, plantain lilies, and other plants and celebrated the 150th anniversary of Canada.

 

A tea ceremony full of ancient Chinese culture and demonstrating great skills took the breath away from the tourists. A tea ceremony performer, wearing traditional Chinese Zen clothes and demonstrating outstanding tea-making skills, showed how tea could be made scientifically, for daily drinking, and for artistic admiration.

“China is the home of tea and we are the descendents of tea lovers. Tea art is also part of Chinese culture and education. I hope that by watching this tea ceremony more people can feel the charms of traditional Chinese culture and horticulture and understand the philosophy of the Beijing Expo - ‘Make horticulture part of nature; Let nature touch the soul’,” said the tea ceremony master Ya Yu.

To help them better understand and make them more interested in the Beijing Expo, tourists were invited to join an interactive experience session to work with performers playing Cute Bud and Cute Flower and make themselves their own miniature horticultural landscapes and experience the creative work of horticulturists.

Beijing invites the world to experience magical Chinese plants with moving stories about horticulture.

A promotion video clip for The Chinese Plants that Change the World, China’s first documentary on plants being shot by the Beijing Expo, aroused the audience’s great interest. The documentary will have 10 episodes, each lasting 50 minutes. Key historical points, events, and figures will be used to show how Chinese plants have changed the world and how they were discovered and settled down in the world. As China’s first large-scale, systematic effort to shoot a document on plants, the documentary will use the most advanced video equipment and technologies so that the plant world can be more vividly and dynamically presented.

There are about 300,000 types of  known higher plants, one tenth of which are in China, which is therefore known as “the mother of world gardens and the realm of flower.” As early as 6,000 - 7,000 years ago, the people in Hemudu, China started to grow rice. Today, one third of the world’s population eat rice as a staple food. 5,000 years ago, the people in Banpo, China started to plant millet. China was also the earliest to plant mulberry trees and rear silkworms. As believed by ancient Chinese people that “mulberry trees are the foundation of the Silk Road”, China built its success of silks on this technology and created a Millennium of the Silk Road.

The Beijing Expo will bring together the plants that have spread to the world for the past 5,000 years and show how China has contributed to the world in horticulture. “The Beijing Expo will set up a special exhibition section at the China Pavilion. It will have the theme of ‘the Chinese Plants that Change the World’. We will use stories about plants to demonstrate the history of plants and culture and show how China has contributed to the world in terms of plants. This will be a Chinese voice in the world of horticulture. If the Kunming Expo 1999 introduced the Chinese people to the world of plants, 20 years later, the Beijing Expo 2019 will introduce the world to the realm of Chinese plants. The documentary, The Chinese Plants that Change the World, is the film that serves this purpose,” said Ye Dahua.

Great theatrical performances and the Beijing Expo’s song were put on at the event.

Happy Forever, one of the Beijing Expo’s songs that have been well received their release in April 2017, was sung by Zhou Xuan, a young singer with Beijing Song and Dance Theater on the Theme Day. Her melodious song, transcending the boundary of nations, well demonstrated the Beijing Expo’s concept of “Live Green, Live Better” and further increased the influence of the Expo.

The recently released badges, bookmarks, and other creative gifts bearing the Beijing Expo’s Emblem, the Flower of the Great Wall, and the mascots Cute Bud and Cute Flower were presented to the tourists and won love from them.

The 2019 Expo, approved by the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) and recognized by the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), is an A1 or the highest level world horticultural expo hosted by the Chinese government and organized by the city of Beijing. The 2019 Expo, with theme of “Live Green, Live Better”, will be held from April 29 to October 8, 2019 in the district of Yanqing, Beijing. The site of the expo, about 10 km from the Badaling section of the Great Wall, is also known as the Expo at the Foot of the Great Wall. Premier Li Keqiang on behalf of the Chinese Government extended an welcome to the world in July 2016. Thirty four countries and international organizations including Germany, Algeria and Thailand have confirmed in writing their interest in participating in the Expo while 28 countries and international including Britain, France, the Netherlands, and WIPO have decided to participate in the Expo.

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