On May 8th, our school had put together a field trip to YanQing in the suburbs of Beijing. As our bus stumbled along the roads filled with high mountains, we finally arrived at our destination, the International Horticultural Exhibition of 2019.
It is an exhibition hosted by Chinese Government, the main theme was “Live Green, Live better”. The expo is held in covering a total area of 503 hectares, it’s so large that we had each walked a minimum amount of 15000 steps recorded on our wechat step tracking app. My partner and I had a data recorded of 20000 above. I have to say, I had never walked so much in the past two years.
There are twelve landscapes in the exposition; Magnificence of Yongqing, Haituo Heavenly Realm, Longqing Street of Flowers, Ode to the landscape, Chinese Flower Realm, Blossom terrace, Pines in a screen of clouds etc. These places were revolved around the concepts of priority of ecology and nature, inheritance and inclusiveness of culture, utilization of science and intelligence, endeavor for fashion and diversity, also on innovation and sustainability.
There are five major pavilions, our task was to visit each one and record information. There is the China Pavilion, International Pavilion, Horticultural Life Experience Pavilion, Plant Pavilion, and last the Guirui Theater. They each got distinctive characteristics.
My partner and I enjoyed the Plant Pavilion the most, we think most of the students agree too. There was an art exhibition for photography; huge projectors in the sky, raining down incredible images of exquisite fungus and trees, welcoming the audience to the entrance of the Plant Pavilion. There are also huge mirrors along the sides, reflecting every single corner of every projection. It was so beautiful as the images switched form one to another.
Other pavilions was filled with surprises and the gardens representing each country was also a great experience. There were so much to record, thus I decided to make a vlog instead. We videotaped our journey from garden to garden, Japan’s theme garden would definitely be our favorite, it was a lot of walking indeed.
As time flies, the time for returning had become close, we start to head back. We bought car touring tickets for a sweet ride back to the front gate, at least getting back wasn’t tiring. It was a fun trip, I really hope we get to have more of these during our summer school year.