Monday, February 7, 2011

Taiwan - 2010 Taipei International Flora Expo

2010 Taipei International Flora Expo.

Sent by Vicky, a postcrosser from Taiwan.

This is from Wikipedia : The 2010 Taipei International Flora Exposition (2010 Flora Expo) opened on November 6, 2010 and will run until April 25, 2011 in Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China. It is garden festival recognized by the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH / IAHP) and is categorized as an A2B1 horticulture exposition. It will be the first such internationally recognized exposition to take place in Taiwan, and the seventh of its kind to take place in Asia. It is located near Yuanshan Station.

The expo is organized by the Taipei City Government in partnership with the Taiwan Floriculture Development Association (TFDA).The city was chosen to host the event in April 2006. It is being held in the Yuanshan area in Taipei and sites among many of the cities artistic and cultural locations, including the Zhongshan Soccer Stadium, Taipei Children's Recreation Center, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei Story House, and the Lin-An-tai Historical Home. Unlike other suburban exhibitions held in Kunming, Hamanako, and Chang Mai, the expo is being held in the city center to emphasize the development of more urban green spaces. It will showcase Taipei's achievements in tourism, catering, gardening, and biotechnology.

Although there were worries about attendance at the expo, Taipei mayor Hau Lung-pin noted that with the steady increase in attendance since opening, he was no longer worried. On December 15, 2010, the Expo welcomed its 2 millionth visitor, and on January 5, 2011, it welcomed its 3 millionth visitor. By February 5, 2011, total visitors had reached 4.18 million, with a single day record of 91,676. The popularity of the festival has affected tourist numbers at other popular tourist locations in Taiwan.

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