Expo 2019 Beijing to open with 2,500 activities

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The upcoming 2019 Beijing International Horticultural Exhibition will feature around 2,500 cultural activities held by over 60 countries and international organizations, along with the demonstration of state-of-the-art technologies, according to the expo organizer.

Set to open on April 29, the expo will present a slew of cultural activities including the opening ceremony, opening activities, China Pavilion Day, and closing ceremony, as well as special events such as national day, honorary day, provincial day, parade and folk cultural day, according to Wang Hong, vice mayor of Beijing and deputy director and secretary general of the Expo 2019 Beijing executive committee. 

The activities will also include those aimed at industry professionals such as forums and international competitions. Jiang Zehui, chairwoman of the China Flower Association and deputy director of the Expo 2019 Beijing organizing committee, said that one event in particular - the international flower arranging competition - will be held in August and feature contestants from various countries and regions. She said she believes it will be a "stunningly beautiful" pageant of flowers.

The 162-day expo will also introduce state-of-art technologies, such as various smart home appliances, the 5G mobile network, big data and AI applications. They will be spread among four core venues aiming to highlight the convergence of life, production and ecosystem and the harmony between science and technology and humanity. 

The China Pavilion will feature combinations of multimedia interactive technologies and exquisite plant landscaping to display China's ecological culture. The International Pavilion will present global horticultural cultures along the Belt and Road. The Life Experience Pavilion will provide a space for visitors to design their own virtual living space. And the Botany Pavilion will allow visitors to immerse themselves in real tropical plants inside a greenhouse. 

At night, visitors can take part in technology-aided activities such as the "Light and Shadow Forest" tour inspired by "Shan Hai Jing," a book on geography of ancient China, which will transform the area into a panoramic and interactive stage at night.

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