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March 29, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Shanghai locals love tulips. Bold yellow clusters, lipstick reds, Jaffa orange, soft magenta and wedding whites on stalks of green. The colours explode from the city’s Daning Lingshi Park in March with cherry blossom confetti adding to the palette.

The annual Tulip Festival is underway bringing smiles and laughter to the end of a cold, grey winter. The festival, now in its second year, is another attraction confirming Shanghai as one of the top five global meetings destinations.

Not surprisingly, the Tulip Festival is being hosted across from the main hotel supporting the three-day IT&CM China 2017 exhibition, co-hosted by CTW China.  This is the leading MICE business, education and networking event in China – a meetings market place where 720 exhibitors mingle with 540 buyers.  At stake is a share in the world’s most dynamic market.

Mr Darren Ng, managing director TTG Asia Media, which is co-organising the event with Carlson Wagonlit Travel, said “In 2015 the value of the China MICE market was US$38 billion and Shanghai’s role was dominant. It has a strong brand, new resources are being added all the time, and with 200 plus corporates based here the city provides major advantages to MICE organisers. This is the place to meet and do business.”

The Tulip Festival displays two million tulips in 50 varieties presented over 4.2 hectares of gardens.  Major sections are designated China, France, Holland and New Zealand with smaller displays of rare varieties.

The tulips are propagated from nurtured stock in pursuit of impossibly beautiful hues and shapes. One day we may even see the creation of a pure blue tulip.  Until then we will have to make do with bluish varieties bearing hints of violet.

The Netherlands is recognised as the traditional home of the tulip.  It’s display at the Shanghai festival is complete with miniature windmills and dairy cows.  It was the Netherlands that saw the popularity of the tulip rise to mania in the 1630s. At its peak, rare bulbs fetched prices 10 times the annual salary of a master tradesman. The market was unsustainable.  Prices crashed.  Yet the love of tulips continued with the Netherlands remaining a global force in tulip production and development.

The best time to visit the Tulip Festival is a weekday when you can walk through the displays without the crush of a Shanghai crowd.  Last year, 196,000 visitors attended the event’s busiest day.

Shanghai hosts the Tulip Festival at Daning Lingshi Park from 10 March to 20 April. Access is a 20-minute walk from the Shanghai Circus World Metro Station on Guangzhong Road.  Enter from here as it is a straight walk from the metro.  Entry is 20 RMB (A$4).  Opening hours are from 9am to 6pm.  Your hotel can organise excursions.  Taxi access is available.

The IT&CM China 2017 exhibition co-located with CTW China was hosted at the Shanghai Convention & Exhibition Center of International Sourcing, Shanghai China,

21 – 23 March, 2017.

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