EXPO 1999 Kunming
World Horti-Expo Garden Entrance with 1999 World Horticultural Exposition mascot
BIE-classHorticultural exposition
Name1999 World Horticultural Exposition
MottoMan and Nature, marching into the 21st century
Area538 acres
MascotLing Ling
VenueWorld Horti-Expo Garden
Coordinates25°4′17.6″N 102°45′33.8″E / 25.071556°N 102.759389°E / 25.071556; 102.759389
AwardedJune 5, 1996 (1996-06-05)
OpeningApril 30, 1999 (1999-04-30)
ClosureOctober 31, 1999 (1999-10-31)
Horticultural expositions
PreviousExpo '93 in Stuttgart
NextExpo 2002 in Haarlemmermeer
Specialized expositions
PreviousExpo '98 in Lisbon
NextExpo 2005 in Nagoya
Universal expositions
PreviousExpo '92 in Seville
NextExpo 2000 in Hannover

The 1999 World Horticultural Exposition (Chinese: 昆明世博会) was an A1 category international horticultural exposition recognised by the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE). Organised under the auspices of the International Association of Horticultural Producers, the event was held in Kunming, Yunnan, China. The theme of the exposition was "Man and Nature, marching into the 21st century."[1]

The event took place in the World Horti-Expo Garden. It lasted from April 30 to October 31, 1999, and attracted 9.5 million visitors.[2]


The mascot of the Exposition, "Ling Ling" (灵灵), represents a black-and-white snub-nosed monkey, also referred to as a Yunnan golden hair monkey or Dian golden monkey (滇金丝猴).[3] 'Dian' () is an abbreviation for 'Yunnan'.

Jiangxi Pavilion

On August 5, 1999, Hu Changqing led the Jiangxi delegation to participate in the 1999 World Horticultural Exposition. On August 6, he presided over the opening ceremony of Jiangxi Pavilion Day as the vice-governor of Jiangxi. After August 7, Hu was arrested and executed for corruption.[4]

See also


  1. ^ "China Kunming Trip:Cities:Kunming Attractions:The World Horticulture Expo Garden". Archived from the original on 2008-08-07. Retrieved 2008-06-11.
  2. ^ Backgrounder: A review of major international gardening expos in China
  3. ^ "Kunming Expo Garden still blossoms". China Internet Information Center.
  4. ^ "胡长青的最后时刻——一位记者的全程目击". 南方周末. 2000-05-12. Archived from the original on 2019-06-04. Retrieved 2014-07-21.