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Saturday, May 1, 1999 Published at 08:51 GMT 09:51 UK

World: Asia-Pacific

China hosts giant horticultural expo

The Chinese President, Jiang Zemin, has opened a multi-million dollar international horticultural exhibition in the southwestern Yunnan province.

More than ten million people including one million from overseas are expected to visit the show which is aimed at promoting China's developing flower industry, and attracting tourism and trade to the province.

Exhibitors from sixty-eight countries and twenty-six international organisations are taking part -- each with its own garden to display its unique plant life and landscaping traditions.

Visitors will be able to see two thousand species of trees and shrubs in the exhibitions which range from a Chinese tea plantation to a mock Swiss glacier. Correspondents say the exposition's aimed at showing the world that China is ready to host important international events such as the Olympics.

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