International Horticultural Exposition 2014 Qingdao
Site:Baiguo Mountain Forest Park, Qingdao, Shandong Province (in the east of Licang District, Qingdao)
Theme:From theEarth, For the Earth
International Horticultural Exposition 2014 Qingdao(Qingdao Expo 2014 for short) was themed“Coloful Gardening, Harmonious City”.Its host park, with a total area of 241 hectares, is located at Baiguo Mountain Forest Park in the east of Licang District, Qingdao. Qingdao Expo 2014 is the first international horticulturalexhibition held in the coastal city of China and features mountains and hills.It lasted from Apr. 25 to Oct. 25, 2014.
The overall plan of Qingdao Expo 2014 coordinates requirements of the exposition and the sustainable utilization of the expo park.The expo park combines natural elements, such as reservoirs, rivers, mountains, forests etc., forming a layout of“one axis, seven parts”.It highlights three features:“Fairy Scattering Flowers”,“Water from Above and Lake of the Earth”and“Seven-Color Ribbon”.“Fairy Scattering Flowers”is inspired by a romantic Chinese classical mythSeven Fairies Come Down to the Human World.The 2000-meter-long Rose Promenade, strenching from the mountain top to the main entrance, was the longest flower road among all previous internationalhorticulturalexhibitions.It embodies the passway between heaven and earth.“Water From Above”and“Lake of the Earth”is based on the current situation of two reservoirs in the park.The north reservoir is called“Water From Above”while the south one is“Lake of the Earth”, in the middle of both of which is the“Chinese Rose”Pavilion.“Seven-color Ribbon”divides the whole park into seven parts: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue-green, Blue and Purple, which representes traditional Chinese elements of“sun, metal, wood, water, fire, earth,and moon”.Meanwhile, they also correspond to seven days of a week and related activities during theopeningtime.Furthermore,“Seven-color Ribbon”also plays a role in functions of traffic signs, sunshade, decoration, etc.
The design of emblem is creative and fashionable.It fully demonstrates Qingdao Expo 2014’s target of being“the world’s first class, China’s fashion, Shandong’s feature and Qingdao’s brand”, shows Qi-Lu culture, ocean culture, folk culture and garden art, and displays Qingdao’s profound cultural features that mountains, sea and the city integrate in one.
The mascotimage of Qingdao Expo 2014 is a sea elf,named “Qingqing” which mayindicate the city of Qingdao and the old Chinese saying that blue-green (qing) comes from but also excels blue.It demonstrates that Qingdao Expo 2014 has dedicated itself to achieving the goal of being“the world’s first class, China’s fashion, Shandong’s feature and Qingdao’s brand”.Themascotdesignisa combination of natural landscape andfutureideals, inspired by such images as rolling waves, drifting clouds, lofty peaks and wavering tree crowns.