2016 Tangshan International Horticultural Exposition

Flower stream, Tangshan, China

Flower stream, Tangshan, China

The 2016 Tangshan International Horticultural Exposition will be open from 29 April until 16 October 2016, in Tangshan, China. Coinciding with the 40th anniversary of Tangshan Earthquake, the expo will demonstrate the vital role of greening cities with a theme of ‘City and Nature, Phoenix Nirvana’. Other aspects of the expo include fashion gardening, environmental protection, low-carbon lifestyles and harmonious co-existence between nature and humanity. 

“Over seven million people live in the city of Tangshan and the surrounding area,” comments Tim Briercliffe, Secretary General of the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH).

“With a history of mining and ceramics, this important Chinese industrial city is also well known for the devastating earthquake that killed 242,000 citizens in 1976. The city was almost completely flattened, so when you visit now it is remarkable to see such a strong and vibrant place.

“This city continues to rebuild and the 2016 Tangshan International Horticultural Exposition is an important part of this ‘rebirth’ with strong support from the city government. Over five million people are expected to visit the expo which intends to leave a lasting legacy and play a vital role in the regeneration of this important city.”

Mr. Xie Guilin, Director of Tangshan 2016 Exposition Executive Office, Deputy Secretary General of the Tangshan Municipal People’s Government, says: “The approval of AIPH for the expo represents the high evaluation of the horticultural production level. It not only promotes the cooperation of economy and culture between cities, but also highly appreciates the achievements of Tangshan in environmental improvement and ecological restoration. In addition, it greatly promotes the development of the local horticultural industry.”

The Tangshan Exposition will span 2,260 hectares, consisting of two parts – the core area and experiencing area.

At 540 hectares, the core area will have eight exhibition areas: Domestic Pavilion, Overseas Pavilion, Horticulturists’ Pavilion, Low-carbon Lifestyle Pavilion, Youth Exposition Pavilion, Ecological Science & Education Pavilion, Industrial Innovation Pavilion and Specialised Botanic Pavilion. The international and domestic areas will feature 20 countries and regions including the United Kingdom, the United States, and France, as well as 28 domestic cities including Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai and Chongqing.

The experience area, at 1,720 hectares, will have four functions including Wetland experience, Agricultural Sightseeing, Forest Recreation and Green land Exercise.

Alongside the expo, the first AIPH International Horticultural Exhibition Forum will be held in China from 29-30 April, developed for any city or organisation that is considering organising an exhibition.

For more information on the expo visit: www.tangshanexpo2016.com

For more information on the forum visit:  www.aiph.org/aiph-international-horticultural-exhibition-forum  Ω

Posted 13 March 2016