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Flower expo in full blossom

Event drives development of area, spurring maturity of its environmentally friendly industries, Xing Yi and Cao Chen report in Shanghai.

After more than 1,000 days of preparation, the 10th China Flower Expo opened in Shanghai’s Chongming Island on May 21.

At the expo’s opening, Li Zheng, Party secretary of the Chongming district committee, said the expo reflects the significant progress that Chongming has made to improve its green development over the past two decades.

“Since Shanghai positioned Chongming as an ecological island in 2001, the people of Chongming have been dedicated to green development over the past 20 years,” Li says.

Instead of attracting factories that offer quick solutions for profit, Chongming focused on restoring its natural environment and developing its eco-friendly agricultural, leisure and tourism industries with the aim of becoming a world-class ecological island by 2035.

These efforts have paid off. The island now has a…

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