May 22, 2011 | 10:17 am
Posted by Lisa Niver Rajna
We arrived in Taipei April 17, 2011 and everyone we talked to said, “Go to the Flower Expo, it is about to close.” It ran from November 6, 2010 to April 25, 2011. Taipei Flower Expo was an enormous area filled with many pavilions for viewing all kinds of flowers.
On the sides of most buses in Taipei were advertisements for the Flower Expo. Many metro stops had signs, maps and explanations how to find the Expo from one station to the next. There were special buses to transfer passengers from rapid rail to the many entrances.
But all the media did not prepare us for how busy the Flower Expo would be. We arrived at nearly 5pm and were eligible for late day tickets. I had no idea that we would wait in line to stop and smell the flowers. George was shocked that there were so many people and called it, “Disneyland without the rides.” I could see the resemblance; the queues were very orderly and had red-taped stanchions.
I love the video of our time in the Flower Expo. There were so many types, colors and designs of flowers; it is truly impressive all the flowers that are available in Taiwan. The people-watching was spectacular!
The 2010 Taipei International Flora Exposition will be the first international certified standard exposition that Taiwan has ever held. Taipei will also be the 7th AIPH certified exposition conducted within Asia. It is estimated that the 2010 Taipei International Flora Exposition will attract approximately 8,000,000 visitors both domestic and international, not only boosting the growth of Taiwan’s tourism industry and horticultural growth but also stimulating foreign affairs and promoting the image of Taiwan. In the eyes of those who take pleasure in the beauty of Mother Earths’ creations, these flora and horticultural expositions are carnivals of joy and delights. As we march into an industrialized society, green trees and natural habitats are diminishing in our living space. The foundation of floral exposition shows how people crave for a green space. This exhibition also shows how people in the new era care about the environment and eco-system.
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