The World Horticultural Exposition Garden in Kunming is a beautifully designed exhibition hall. It showcases several iconic landscapes duplicated from all over the world. The exhibit was hosted by Kunming from May 1 to October 31 back in 1999 with more than 69 countries and 26 international organizations taking part. After the event, the Expo Garden was preserved and is now considered as a major tourist attraction in Kunming.
The Garden itself is a beautiful display of typical Chinese characteristics mixed in with local Yunnan styles. It spans a total area of 218 hectares (almost 540 acres), with 10 to 15 percent of it covered by water.
A Showcase of Nations
The Expo Garden is made up of 5 indoor exhibition halls, namely the China Hall, International Hall, Man and Nature Hall, Greenhouse, and Science and Technology Hall. It also has 3 outdoor exhibition grounds called the International Exhibition Gardens, the Domestic Exhibition Gardens, and the Exhibition Area for Enterprises. There are also 6 themed gardens, namely the Tree Garden, the Tea Garden, the Bonsai Garden, the Herbal Medicine Garden, the Bamboo Garden, and the Vegetable and Fruit Garden.
The Grand Greenhouse hall is one of the most notable features in the Expo Garden. The hall itself is divided into four exhibit areas, namely the Tropical Plant Exhibition Area, the Temperate Plants Exhibition Area, the Plants at High and Cold Elevations Area, and the Photo Exhibition Center. The High and Cold Elevations exhibit features plants that thrive 3,000 meters or higher above sea level.
The Domestic Exhibition Gardens is also the best place of interest in the garden for visitors who are interested to know more about China. The garden is composed of 34 different sections according to the many provinces and regions in China. This area will give you a chance to get to know each of these provinces even just briefly.
A Record-Breaking Garden
The Kunming World Horticultural Expo Garden transplants and cultivates up to 2,551 kinds of plants; its total census now reaches up to 2 million. Because of its impressive array of plants, many of which are rare and endangered, the garden has set many Guinness world records. Despite having the largest area in record, it is also hailed as the fastest garden of its size to construct. It also has the greatest number of plant species on display.
The Expo Garden in Kunming is also the only remaining exhibit of the International Horticulture Exposition.
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