International Horticultural Exposition 2011, Xi'an, China
Exhibition Time: April 28, 2011~October 22, 2011
Host City: Xi'an City, Shaanxi Province, China
Site: Chan-Ba Ecological District
Theme: Eternal peace & harmony between nature & mankind, nurturing the future earth – a city for nature, co-existing in peace
Slogan: Green Leads the Trend
Concept: Love of simplicity; Striving for a low carbon lifestyle; Returning to nature - Making green our fashion pursuit
Pictures of International Horticultural Exposition 2011
Tickets: Peak Day Single Day Admission, Standard Day Single Day Admission, Ticket Passport
Transportation: During the Expo, there are frequent city-buses and taxies in downtown Xi'an for the use of travelers.
Brief Intro: This is the third time for China to host the International Horticultural Exposition. The other two were respectively held by Kunming City in 1999 and by Shenyang City in 2006. Classified as an A2+B1 level exhibition, the International Horticultural Exposition 2011, Xi'an has over 105 participants composed of cities and organizations from home and abroad. It is estimated to welcome 12,000,000 visitors during the 178 days.
The actual site of the exhibition is in the Guangyuntan (Guangyun Lake) Ecological Scenic Area, one of the cores in Chan-Ba District. The site covers an area of 4.18 square kilometers (1,033 acres), including the water area of 1.88 square kilometers (465 acres). Relying on the Chanhe River and Bahe River, Guangyuntan was an important port in ancient China. In the Tianbao Period of the Tang Dynasty, a grand water transport exposition and trade fair was held here to show the state's developed commerce and trade as well as its smooth water transportation. The current Guangyun Lake of Chan-Ba District is located in the northeast of Xi'an City, about a 20-minute drive from city center and 40-minutes from Xi'an Xianyang International Airport.
Mascot: Chang'an Flower
The lively mascot of Int'l Horticultural Expo 2011 is inspired by the pomegranate blossom, the city flower of Xi'an.
Emblem: Chang'an Flower
Chang'an, the ancient name of Xi'an City, has been the capital of 13 dynasties in Chinese history. The elegant blooming Chang'an Flower consists of four layers, each of which is a polygon. The triangle at the flower center is in the shape of the Chinese character '人' (people in English), which is the basic element of the exposition, implying civilization, responsibility and reason. The second layer is a rectangle, which looks like the ancient City Wall, presenting a harmonious living environment. The pentagon of the third layer is a five-petaled flower symbolizing all the things in nature in terms of the Chinese Fengshui culture. The outmost hexagon is a snowflake and the appearance of running water, indicating a tolerant universe. The entire Chang'an Flower embodies the harmonious co-existence of human beings, cities, nature and the universe, corresponding to the exposition's theme.
We are not sure where else can we go in one day. Are there anything nice to see in Xi'an's International Horticultural Exposition site? How do we get there? How much is the taxi fare? How much is the entry fee now? Are there any restaurants there? Is it expensive to eat in there?
Any other suggestions as to where we can go?
Oh, we will be staying at Forest City Hotel Xi'an.
As for food, there are many local foods provides around in a cheap price.
Personally, it is not that worth. U may change the travel plan to tour around other popular scenic areas, such as Big Wild Goose Pagoda or Bell & Drum Tower.
Thanks in advance for the information.
Most of the representative architectures are still there, such as the Chang'an Tower, Guangyun Entrance and Guangyun Bridge. If you want to get close to nature and have enough time traveling in that city, you can choose to go.
For reaching there, I know there are seven bus lines such as 262 can take you to reach there. Would you mind tell me where you stay, so that I can help you to find the best method for you to reach that place.
Thank you for your reply. We will be staying very close to Xi'an Railway station, so it would be good to know if there is bus which goes from there to the park. How is the park called? Is it Shiyuan Park?
There you can take the bus line 47 to reach Shiboyuan Guangyunmen Station and the starting station of line 47 is at the Bell Tower Station. After you get off the bus, you can find the Guangyun Bridge. I should remind you that this line is hard to wait, so you need to be patient.
The park is Shiyuan Park, just as you said.