China Pavilion unveiled for Beijing horticultural expo

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After some 400 days of intensive work, the China Pavilion of the Beijing International Horticultural Exhibition 2019 (Beijing Expo 2019) has finished construction recently and will soon start exhibition planning, according to the construction contractor Beijing Urban Construction Group. 

Featuring a unique Ruyi design, an ornamental object symbolizing good fortune in the Chinese culture, the China Pavilion stands beside the Guishui River and becomes the first building in the Expo Park to be unveiled to the public.

Taking up a floor area of 23,000 square meters, the China Pavilion is designed to be a semi-circular dome-shaped building surrounded by mountains and rivers. The pavilion's main steel body consists of 132 girders, 5,400 cross girders, 2,184 rods, and 696 horizontal braces, and is clothed by a glazed fa?ade of 4,300 glass pieces and 1,028 solar panels.

Apart from its unique external design, the China Pavilion also features environment-friendly details inside the structure. The major exhibition halls are covered under terraces to make the best use of the moisture holding capacity and heat insulation of earth-sheltered designs to save energy. 

With a rainfall collection system on the roof and rainwater storage underground, collected and processed rainwater can be used for irrigation, which completes ecological microcirculation. Utilizing the underground air conditioning tunnels to realize cooling in the summer and heating in the winter, the China Pavilion has effectively lowered energy consumption. 

Drawing on the wisdom of ancient cave dwellers, the China Pavilion is designed to be a new model of green ecological conservation that reflects pastoral scenery and presents the simple way of living in ancient times. Technologies such as watering systems and lighting are integrated into gardening.

The horticultural expo is scheduled to open on April 29 and will last through Oct. 7.  

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