In 2011, Beijing was awarded to host the 2019 International Horticultural Exposition through voting by all the 168 members of the Association of International Horticultural Producers (AIPH) at its 155th Congress in Paris. The AIPH is responsible for approving the world's largest and finest horticultural exhibitions. The expo is an A1-rating exposition and focuses on a healthy lifestyle. The 162-day event will be held from April 29 to October 7 in Yanqing county. The venue will cover 960 hectares.
The emblem of Beijing Expo 2019 is the "Flower of the Great Wall." With six petals of different colours surrounding the Great Wall, it illustrates an "international horticultural exhibition at the foot of the Great Wall."
Mascots of Beijing Expo 2019 are dubbed "Little Bud" and "Little Flower," a brother and a sister. They symbolise life, hope, diligence and beauty. They are inspired by the traditional Chinese painting Baizi tu ("painting of a hundred sons"). With unique headwear, costumes, and stage props, they take on the mission of popularising horticulture and green ideas.
The International Horticultural Exposition not only shows the development success of China, but Chinese people's fulfillment of new development concepts as well. In the exposition, the century-honored garden culture and gardening tradition of China will be integrated to create new hosting concept and method. The frugality spirit will be insisted to attract and enlighten people with novel originalities, so as to left behind some valuable spiritual assets.
The Park of Beijing Expo 2019 is located at the ecological conservation area in northwest of Beijing, Tianjin, and Hebei, which is merely 16km from Yanqing Competition Area of 2022 Beijing Olympic Winter Games. Beijing Expo 2019 will adhere to governmental guidance and social participation to promote the coordination and cooperation between government and market. Frugality spirit will be upheld in the exposition to save resources.
Wide countryside and luxuriant forest, Beijing Expo 2019 is a green ocean. Meanwhile, Beijing Expo 2019 will also become a platform to promote green production, green consumption, and green living concept. The park advocates green traffic, which is mainly oriented to walking, bicycle, and electro-mobile.
It is introduced that the exposition will attract no less than 100 official exhibitors (countries and international organizations) and 100 non-official exhibitors (domestic provinces and cities, as well as enterprises home and abroad). 200 exhibition zones and areas will bring the world with a splendid flower show.
Beijing Expo 2019 is a big garden shared by all people, a large stage for art sharing, a demonstration hall for technology sharing, and a grand meeting for advanced concept sharing. Here, people share the construction achievements of ecological civilization, and the successful exploration of technological advancement.
Yanqing County is the summer escape resort and the agricultural base of Beijing. It is located northwest of Beijing, 74 km (46 mi) from the urban city, neighboring Huairou, Changping districts and Huailai, Chicheng counties in Hebei Province. The area is about 2,000 sq km (772 sq mi) with a population of 276,000.