The 10th China Flower Expo that will be held in Shanghai’s Chongming Island is about to enter the final stage of preparation, with several rounds of stress tests set to take place in May, according to local authorities.
Chen Qun, deputy director of the department in charge of the expo’s management, said that the construction of outdoor gardens and indoor exhibition venues is scheduled to be completed by mid-May.
“It will be the first expo to be hosted on an island, in the countryside and surrounded by forests,” said Chen.
Launched in 1987, the first edition of the expo was held in Beijing. The host venue is rotated among other cities every four years.
The expo, which will span 10 square kilometers, will take place on the island from May 21 to July 2.It will comprise a core flower exhibition zone with a record high 180 outdoor gardens and two service zones.
The expo’s official flower is the peony, which symbolizes wealth and good fortune.