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Contributor: Xinhua News Agency
Thursday, October 05 2017 - 16:24
Beijing Horticultural Expo 2019 Mascot Settles in Ottawa
OTTAWA, Canada, Oct. 5, 2017 /Xinhua-AsiaNet/ --

On the evening of October 4 local time, the China Beijing International 
Horticultural Expo 2019 mascot sculpture was unveiled and a signing ceremony 
was held outside the Horticultural Hall of the Lansdowne Park, the main venue 
of the Ottawa "Beijing Week". Vice Mayor of Beijing Cheng Hong gave the mascot 
to the Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson as a gift and invited him to open the ribbons of 
the gift. Applause rose as the curtains with the emblem of the expo fell and 
the "cute little bud" and "cute little sprout" came out. The two Beijing Expo 
2019 mascots officially started their happy life in Canada and will permanently 
settle in Ottawa's Lansdowne Park.

The mascot theme background board used peony, maple leaves, rose and tulips as 
major design elements, symbolizing the friendship between China and Canada as 
well Beijing and Ottawa, according to Ye Dahua, deputy director with Beijing 
World Horticultural Expo Coordination Bureau. 

Beijing Expo 2019 mascots "cute little bud" and "cute little sprout" are 
inspired by auspicious dolls in the Hundred Kids painting known and liked by 
Chinese people. The "cute little bud" wears a hat ring made by leaves of 
Beijing's signature tree Chinese scholar tree, while the "cute little sprout" 
wears a garland made by Beijing's signature flower Chinese roses. They are in 
work dress and boots while holding kettle, gardening scissors and other tools. 
They are cute gardening little brother and sister.

The friendship between the two cities has been time-honored since Beijing and 
Ottawa became sister cities in 1999. This is the first time for the Beijing 
Expo 2019 mascot to settle in a foreign city.

After the unveiling of the mascot sculpture, Ye Dahua and Daniel Lamarre, 
President & Chief Executive Officer at Cirque du Soleil signed a strategic 
cooperation agreement witnessed by guests attending the "Beijing Week" in 
Ottawa. Based on "Live green, Live better", the theme of the Beijing Expo 2019, 
Cirque du Soleil will add Chinese cultural and horticultural elements while 
adhering to their authentic quality style to develop a unique program with 
Chinese characteristics. On this basis, the two sides will further deepen 
cooperation by producing tailor-made the sun circus in 2019 Beijing World Park 
will be tailored entertainment performances during the expo.

The Beijing Expo 2019 was an A1 category Expo approved by the Bureau 
International des Expositions and the International Association of 
Horticultural Producers. The Expo, which is being organized under the theme 
"Live Green, Live Better", will be open between 29 April and 7 October 2019 in 
the Yanqing District of Beijing. The Expo site is only ten kilometers from the 
Badaling Great Wall, thus also known as the "Expo at the foot of the Great 
Wall." Last July, on behalf of the Chinese government, Premier Li Keqiang 
issued an invitation to the world and as of now, 34 countries and international 
organizations including Germany, Algeria and Thailand have officially confirmed 
participation of the Expo, while 28 countries and international organizations 
have expressed willingness for participation, including the United Kingdom, 
France, the Netherlands, the World Intellectual Property Organization, etc.

SOURCE: Beijing World Horticultural Expo Coordination Bureau

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