On May 18, Beijing welcomed the opening of the Ninth China
(Beijing) International Garden Exposition, another grand event to
showcase the capital's attractions following the Olympic Games in
Located on the west bank of the Yongding River in southwest
Beijing's Fengtai District, the expo offers a new opportunity to
boost regional development, with ecological restoration high on the
The initiative has greatly contributed to the local environment,
in particular, redeveloping a 147-hectare landfill into a
picturesque landscape for relaxation and entertainment.
In history, the Yongding River is well-known for its early
morning lunar views from Lugou Bridge, one of the eight famous
scenic spots in ancient Beijing. However, the area suffered much
due to ceased river flow and ecological degradation. The dried-up
bed eventually became a landfill and a major source of frequent
Now, the river has been restored to its former glory through
renovation. Moreover, water quality has reached the required
standards set by the Beijing Municipal Government in 2012.
The construction of the expo has also sped up local
infrastructure improvement, with newly built subways and highways,
beefing up traffic facilities in the southwest of the city.
According to the organizing committee of the expo, the total
investment of this project has come to over 10 billion yuan ($1.63
billion). The region is expected to ultimately transform its
development pattern from being heavily reliant on low-end
industries to a bustling commercial center and home to innovative
The garden expo is further expected to create price ascension of
local land assets. Experts predict that the expo might create a new
mode of sustainable development.
The expo is not only low-carbon and eco-friendly, but also a
platform to collect and display local as well as global historic
and cultural heritage. Furthermore, it is expected to attract over
17 million visitors at home and abroad, which means opportunities
for investors and exhibitors alike.