Sun, Dec 12, 2010 - Page 2 News List

Flora Expo gets set for Christmas

By Mo Yan-chih  /  Staff Reporter

A section of the Taipei International Flora Expo is filled with poinsettias -yesterday as expo organizers decorated the area with more than 70,000 of the plants to celebrate the Christmas holidays.

PHOTO: LIU JUNG, TAIPEI TIMES

The Taipei International Flora Expo is decorating its Yuanshan Park area with over 70,000 poinsettias to celebrate the Christmas holidays.

The expo organizers started replacing the plants at the area’s “Flower Landscape” with poinsettias last week, and the 4,300m2 site will be filled with the Christmas plants today.

Expo spokesperson Ma Chien-hui (馬千惠) said it took about 100 workers to replace the plants, and the work had to be done during the night after the expo was closed at 10pm.

The expo used more than six kinds of poinsettias in various colors such as red, green, white, purple and yellow, she said.

Meanwhile, in an effort to address growing complaints about long lines in front of popular pavilions, the expo organizers said it would start issuing number slips for its most popular pavilion, the Pavilion of Dreams, at the entrance of the Xinsheng Park area on Tuesday.

Visitors to the pavilion are required to take a numbered slip in front of the exhibition and can then visit it according to the time on the slip.

Expo organizers decided to implement the system to prevent long lines, but inadvertently created another chaotic situation because many visitors rushed to the pavilion as soon as the expo opened at 9am to take a number slip.

The pavilion allowed about 3,000 visitors every day and the slips are often all taken within an hour after the expo opens.

Ma said the new method will prevent visitors, especially the elderly and children, from having to rush from the entrance gate to the pavilion for the slips.

The expo will also reserve 400 slips for visitors of 80 years and older and the disabled, she said.

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