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China Garden Expo Ready to Open


A museum of Chinese gardens will welcome its first visitors on May 18, the opening day of the Ninth China (Beijing) International Garden Expo.

After 18 months of construction, the China Garden Museum, located in southwestern Beijing's Fengtai district, is getting its finishing touches with 85 percent of construction completed, said Qiang Jian, deputy director of the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Landscape and Forestry.

The museum will be free to the public to further boost and popularize Chinese garden culture, she said.

The museum is expected to open on the same day of the opening of the Ninth China (Beijing) International Garden Expo, jointly hosted by the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development and Beijing municipal government.

A total of 24.2 kilometers of road is being built nearby to support the expo and improve traffic conditions in the western region along the Yongding River.

The western section of subway Line 14 will also open on May 5 to serve crowds attending the expo, according to the capital's traffic authority.

In addition, some polluting industries are also planning to move out of the city, Hua said.

The capital has been taking measures to develop its southern region since 2010, which has transformed the area from being heavily reliant on low-end industries such as cement factories and small coal mines, into a bustling commercial center and home to many educational institutes.

The establishment of the museum and expo is part of these efforts.