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World Horticultural Expo Garden

 

The Kunming World Horticultural Exposition Garden, the World Expo Garden for short, is the site of the 1999 World Horticultural Exposition. Located in the northeast suburb of Kunming it is about 4 KM (2.5 miles) from downtown Kunming. The Expo garden was the legacy left after an event that presented landscaping and gardening arts from all over the world.
With an area of 218 hectares, the World Expo Garden is a green park, 76.7% of the Expo Garden is covered by vegetation. Various styles of classical gardening and horticultural arts from different provinces, regions and municipalities in China and 95 different countries around the world are showcased there. It also features architecture from these places and latest gardening and horticultural technologies.

Within the garden are five major halls: the International Hall, the Chinese Hall, the Man and Nature Hall, the Science Hall and the Green House. There are seven other theme gardens: the Tree Garden, the Bamboo Garden, the Bonsai Garden, Medical Herb Garden, the Tea Garden, the Vegetable and Fruit Garden and the Garden of Famous Flowers and Rare Stones. The three outdoor exhibition areas are the Outdoor International Exhibition Area, the Outdoor Chinese Exhibition Area and the Outdoor Exhibition Area of Companies. There are more than two million trees and flowers from more than 2551 species, of which 112 are rare and endangered ones.

The 1999 Kunming World Horti-Expo Garden set eight Guinness records:
  • The largest area of construction;
  • Finishing construction within the least amount of time;
  • Showcasing the most varieties of plants;
  • The greatest variety of bamboos;
  • The best horticultural and gardening craftsmanship;
  • The largest scale of connected greenhouses;
  • The transplanting of the largest cypress tree;
  • The best artificial bluff and stone carving.

The Kunming World Horti-Expo Garden is the best preserved site of World Expos in history. Boasted as the largest scale, with the most unique features, the Kunming Expo Garden's greatest value is the presentation of unique historical cultures and landscapes. It has become a precious legacy on a world-class level, with unique characteristics from different countries and regions, fine horticultural arts, high quality, unparallel beauty, and sustainable values.

There are several buses to the Expo Garden from downtown Kunming City, including numbers 10, 68, 69 and 71. Located in the Golden Temple Scenic region, there are several other places interesting for sightseeing, among them the Golden Temple and the Wild Animals Zoo.

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