HK Flower Show 2019 kicks off with 420,000 flowers on display
Updated 15:47, 18-Mar-2019
By Hong Yaobin

‍The Hong Kong Flower Show 2019 kicked off Friday at the Victoria Park in Causeway Bay in south China's Hong Kong Special Administration Region with hundreds of thousands of blossoms painting the landscape in striking hues, drawing local citizens and horticulture lovers from all over the world to appreciate the floral beauty.

The gorgeous flower exhibition featured 260 exhibitors from more than 20 countries and regions this year with about 420,000 flowers on display.

The Hong Kong Flower Show 2019 kicked off at the Victoria Park, in south China's Hong Kong Special Administration Region, March 15, 2019. /Xinhua Photo

The Hong Kong Flower Show 2019 kicked off at the Victoria Park, in south China's Hong Kong Special Administration Region, March 15, 2019. /Xinhua Photo

40,000 Chinese Hibiscus flowers, also termed as Hibiscus rosa-sinensis, are on display and are this year's theme flower. With their showy trumpet-like flowers, they can grow up to four meters tall.

The annual event is organized by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, aiming to promote horticulture and the awareness of greening among the public. This year, it returns with the theme "When Dreams Blossom."

A floral installation from Beijing is seen at the Hong Kong Flower Show 2019 in Hong Kong, March 15, 2019. /VCG Photo

A floral installation from Beijing is seen at the Hong Kong Flower Show 2019 in Hong Kong, March 15, 2019. /VCG Photo

Simon Liu, chairman of the event's steering committee, noted that the Chinese Hibiscus has rich colors and a strong vitality. "Coming in diverse colors with its hardy characteristic, the exuberant flower is Hong Kong personified – versatile, highly adaptable and committed to building a bright future," said Liu.

This year's exhibition observes the showground scattered with numerous creative floral installations and bonsai works from the other six cities, such as Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Hangzhou. 

An installation named "Dream Train" is a popular spot at the Hong Kong Flower Show 2019 in Hong Kong, March 15, 2019. /VCG Photo

An installation named "Dream Train" is a popular spot at the Hong Kong Flower Show 2019 in Hong Kong, March 15, 2019. /VCG Photo

Aside from the eye-catching theme floral wall, a huge parterre in the park's central area is another hit spot at the exhibition, which combines the art of gardening and folk music.

The center of the setting features a circular wishing fountain with flower columns jutting out from it while folk musical instruments are showcased around.

Another installation named "Dream Train" is also popular. The visitors can admire the changing looks of the parterre by day and by night when it is lit up, creating an even more dynamic scene.

Children show their paintings of flowers at the Hong Kong Flower Show 2019 in Hong Kong, March 15, 2019. /VCG Photo

Children show their paintings of flowers at the Hong Kong Flower Show 2019 in Hong Kong, March 15, 2019. /VCG Photo

According to Liu, it is expected to see nearly 700,000 visitors walk into the world of flowers during the show period.

Visitors can also participate in various activities, such as gardening workshops and painting competitions, sharing their passions for flowers.

The grand floral show will last ten days, running through March 24.

(Cover: Visitors take photos before the floral theme wall of the Hong Kong Flower Show 2019 in Hong Kong, March 15, 2019. /VCG Photo edited)