World Horticultural Expo Garden

Grand Greenhouse, World Horicultural Expo Garden
Greenhouse, World Horicultural Expo Garden
Sitting in the northeast suburbs and about 6 kilometers (3.8 miles) from the city center of Kunming, the World Horticultural Expo Garden is a venue for the 1999 Kunming International Horticulture Exposition. It is a first-class Daguanyuan (Grand View Garden), which has typical Chinese and local Yunnan characteristics. The World Horticultural Expo Garden is about 218 hectares (nearly 540 acres) in area, with vegetation coverage reaching 76.7%, including gradual slopes of 120 hectares (about 300 acres). And 10% to 15% of the garden is covered by water. Gardening works of many domestic and foreign places are on display here.



Kunming World Horticultural Expo Garden is now divided into five big exhibition halls, seven special gardens and three outdoor showplaces. The five exhibition halls include the China Hall, the International Hall, the Man and Nature Hall, the Science and Technology Hall and the Grand Greenhouse. Seven theme gardens are the Vegetable and Fruit Garden, the Bamboo Garden, the Bonsai Plants Garden, the Tea Garden, the Medicinal Herb Garden, the Tree Garden and the Garden of Famous Flowers and Strange Stones (It was found after the 1999 Kunming International Horticulture Exposition). The three outdoor showplaces are the International Exhibition Gardens, the Domestic Exhibition Gardens and the Exhibition Area for Enterprises.
Cactus in the Greenhouse
Cactus in the Greenhouse

Going straight forward after entering the garden, visitors will see the Grand Greenhouse. With total area of 3,630 square meters (about 0.9 acre), it includes four exhibition areas: the Tropical Plant Exhibition Area, the Temperate Plants Exhibition Area, Plants at High and Cold Elevations Areas (3,000 meters or more above the sea level), Exhibition Centre and Photos Exhibition Area.

After visiting the Grand Greenhouse, the tourists can see the Domestic Exhibition Gardens to the north. It is composed of 34 sections according to China's provinces and regions. With different characteristics, these provincial gardens stand in four solid lines. Walking forward to the World Horticultural Expo Garden, visitors encounter the International Exhibition Gardens, which include 33 sections in total. The five big exhibition halls and the seven special gardens are scattered here.


Kunming World Horticultural Expo Garden transplants and cultivates 2,551 kinds of plants with a total census of more than 2 million. Among them, 112 categories are rare and endangered species. With the theme of Man and Nature, it shows that human beings are interrelated with Nature in a harmonious way.

As the only remains of International Horticulture Exposition, Kunming Expo Garden has created the best record in history. At the same time, it has set a slew of world records in Guinness, such as the largest in area, the fastest in pace of construction and the most in species of plants on display.

Screen in China Pavilion
Screen in China Pavilion
Dance Show in the World Expo Garden
Dance Show in the World Expo Garden

How to get to World Horticultural Expo Garden, Kunming

Take bus line 47, 69, 71, 182, 204, 228, 235, A1, A12, C101, C136, K18, or Airport Shuttle Bus Line 3, and get off at Shiboyuan (World Horticultural Expo Garden).
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Entrance Fee

CNY 100 for adults;
CNY 50 for children between 1.2 meters (3.9 feet) and 1.4 meters (4.6 feet);
Free for children under 1.2 meters;

Combo Ticket: Expo Garden entrance ticket + Golden Temple + round-trip ropeway between the garden and Golden Temple: CNY160.

Opening Hours

8:00 - 17:00

- Last updated on Aug. 10, 2021 -
Questions & Answers on Kunming World Horticultural Expo Garden
Asked by May from USA | Dec. 05, 2019 16:32Reply
Where and when is the most beautiful sakura bloom in China, comparable to those in Japan?
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Answered by Kathy from THAILAND | Dec. 09, 2019 00:51

China is too large that there are many great places you can visit sakura, like Beijing, Wuhan, Qingdao, Guangzhou. Generally, it is suitable for watch in March.
Asked by nvrlnna from MALAYSIA | Nov. 02, 2018 04:23Reply
Is it okay to visit World Horticultural Expo Garden on January?
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Answered by Madge from USA | Nov. 05, 2018 00:36

Yes, it's OK.
Asked by Candy from HONG KONG | Jun. 20, 2017 23:26Reply
What can I see at Kunming World Horticultural Expo Garden if I am going in Dec?
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Answered by Carl from UK | Jun. 26, 2017 04:07

Well, you are not recommended to visit there at that time when the gardern is less beautiful than spring and summer. You can still see some flowers and plants exhibition there.
Asked by Patinya from THAILAND | Jul. 24, 2016 20:47Reply
When is the good time to go to kunming expo garden to see flower exhibition, July is possible?
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Answered by Nadia from USA | Jul. 24, 2016 21:50

Hi, different flowers can be seen in different seasons. Personally, the best timing is late Mar. to early May. In Jul. you can still view many nice flowers. Just go and have a good experience.
Asked by lindasweetheart from MALAYSIA | Feb. 25, 2015 15:15Reply
may I know is it worth it to visit Kunming World Horticultural Expo Garden in end of March?
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Answered by Cathy from UNITED KINGDOM | Feb. 25, 2015 19:01

Yes, it is. This garden has many exhibitions all year around. So you can also see lots of rare plants and flowers in Mar. Have fun!
Answered by lindasweetheart from MALAYSIA | Feb. 26, 2015 09:43

I was informed by a travel agent in the city that this place not recommended like last time, not many thing to see. All I need is to see flower garden, sakura and tulips. Or is there any other place I can see flower park for me to see sakura and tulips?
Answered by Jenny from SINGAPORE | Mar. 05, 2015 01:13

For sakura, the Yuantong Mountain is recommended. And great tulips can be enjoyed at the Grand View Park (Daguan Park).
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