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2016 World Horticultural Expo Antalya

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Most of you may already know this, but a few of you may not. AIPH hosts garden expos, which are categorized as A1, A2, B1, or B2. The garden expos that are categorized as A1 are recognized by the BIE. The garden expo coming up in Antalya is recognized by the BIE. I have never been to a Garden Expo. I have been to World Expos (Shanghai, Milan) and International Expos (Yeosu), but never a BIE recognized garden expo. How do they compare with respect to the World Expo and International Expo? If I needed a week at the World Expos and International Expos, how many days would you recommend I spend at a Garden Expo?  The theme for Antalya seems to be "Children and Flowers" and reading the description it seems to be a Disneyland for Children. I am wondering if adults without kids can enjoy this particular Garden Expo. Perhaps the conferences and performances will be geared towards all ages, and not just kids.

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It's rather impressive  that you've been to so many fairs.  I have to admit, however, that I am unfamiliar with garden expositions.  Are they something like the the the 1980 Floralies Internationales de Montreal?  In any event, welcome to this site.  You will really enjoy it.

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I think Ameriflora 92 was one of these.  I believe it was A1.  It was very nice.  It was heavy on gardens and flowers.  But there were other things too.  Chrysler had a big film.  And Edison also had a big film.  Disney had some Topiaries.  There was a big international food festival..  The Unicorn pub was fun.  And the beergarden  was good food and fun.  For Ameriflora I thought 2 days was enough time, it covered about 80 acres.  It was in Columbus, Ohio, in 1992.  It seemed the cool weather hurt their overall attendance figures.  I enjoyed it, and everyone I know, who went, did too

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I visited Ameriflora 92; it was a consolation prize for missing the expo in Seville.  We spent one full day and felt that we had seen virtually everything on display.

In addition to the various displays, one highlight was the same film that was showing at the USA's pavilion at Seville...I think it was sponsored by GM.  There also were examples of Disney topiaries.

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Thanks for posting the link to that video, annabelle.  It looks like a pretty big event, even drawing President and Mrs. Bush.

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According to this website, Ameriflora 92 was not an A1 category event, let alone BIE recognized. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garden_festival

I spent 3 days at the 2016 Antalya World Horticultural Expo (F Jun 3, A Jun 4, U Jun 5). I wanted to share my experience with others. What I say is what I experienced during my time there and things may be different now.  Having been to 2 World Expos (Shanghai, Milan), 1 International Expo (Yeosu), this was my very first World Horticultural Expo to ever attend. 

If you have Turkcell service, you can send an SMS to them to get 50 percent off the admission price. There is a sign that says that by the ticket booth.

Among the pavilions, Azerbaijan had a nice one. They had some nice displays on carpet making and use of dyes.

Germany's pavilion was not constructed yet. There were still several things under construction while I was there.

Hong Kong's pavilion was quite unusual. All of the people that were there were "Hong Kong Indians" and there were no "Hong Kong Chinese". They had a silk road theme. All the food sold was Indian food, except for one Oriental noodle dish. What's even more unusual was it seemed to emphasize the Muslim Indian portion. They only had one or two Chinese paintings. Even more ironic was that the PRC funded it. Who would have thought that the PRC would fund a Hong Kong pavilion whose emphasis was on India's Muslim culture. The pavilion next to the Hong Kong pavilion was the India pavilion. Their emphasis was on the Hindu and Buddhist aspects of Indian culture.

A lot of the sub-Saharan African pavilions were incomplete. But they had some of the widest selection of items you could purchase, especially Uganda. 

One big difference between the pavilions at the Garden Expo was many of the pavilions did not have any staff on-site, unlike the World Expo and the International Expo.

There is a pharmacy on site. 

If you are a pure vegetarian (aka lacto-vegetarian), there is a Subway sandwich store at the Expo. For 18.5 TL you can get a foot long veggie delite with chips. Similar ingredients as in a US Subway store, except they also have corn here too.  I bought water at a nearby place for 1.5 TL (one place was charging 4 TL for water). There is also a Korean, Chinese, and Pakistani restaurant. Indian food was sold at the Indian and Hong Kong pavilions, and the Italian pavilion had some food too. There was also a dedicated area of more than a dozen Turkish restaurants specializing in Turkish food from different parts of the world. They did not honor the 10 percent off coupons that is on the Expo guide that you get at the food establishments places. The 10 percent off coupon is not honored at the souvenir shops either. They sell Expo 2016 collared shirts at the souvenir stores.

They have an interesting exhibit which showcases the manuscripts and the actual physical models of Leonardo Da Vinci's inventions. 

There is a nice 10 minute water show at 10:30 PM.

Do not miss the 45 minute show called Celibi that they show at the large amphitheater every night at 8:30 PM and 10:00 PM. The show is world-class, Las Vegas level.  The time listed on their brochure is wrong. So double check the times at the information desk for anything you want to see. The Celibi show is a MUST DO!

Something interesting here that I did not see at the other Expos is that they have a night time Expo. So one is from 10 AM to 10 PM. Then the night time expo is from 10 PM to 2 AM.  I ended up leaving around 11 PM. Staying till 2 AM will probably be useful when they have concerts like Maroon 5 and so forth coming.

The AntRay tram system was planned to connect Antalya's city center to the Expo, but it was still under construction when I went. I stayed in Antalya's city center and took bus AC 03 to get to and back from the Expo. It is a 35 to 40 minute journey. I tried to leave the Expo and be at the bus stop right next to the Expo by 11 PM and did not have any problems. One thing to keep in mind, when you arrive at the Antalya International Airport and take bus number 600 to get to the city center (near the Mark Antalya shopping mall), you will buy an AntalyaKart card. After you get off, make sure to deposit money on the card, so you can use that card on the bus. Using the card is more cost-effective than paying each time. Traveling to and from the Expo by bus is very safe.

There is a post office at the Expo and free postcards. They are supposed to be open till 5:30 PM, but they were closed when I arrive there at 5:15 PM on my last day of the Expo. 

The first thing you should do after you arrive at the Expo is go to the information desk, just inside. Get the brochures and maps and confirm the show times. By the way, the souvenir shop is next to the entrance as well. There are 2 entrances I believe. Then get on one of those shuttles to get a feel for the lay of the land. They have free shuttles (no tipping) there which will transport you to different areas of the Expo. Look for Shuttle Stops.  Then go to the Turkcell tower for a nice view (do that at night time too, it's even better, maybe 9:30 PM is last entry). It's 10 TL extra each time you go up the Turkcell tower (not included with your admission ticket or season pass).

Buy a season pass if you plan on being at the Expo for 3 or more days. You will need an ID card to get a season pass card. US state drivers license will work, if you don't feel comfortable carrying around your passport to the Expo site. 

The biodiversity museum has a good multi-media site to it.

One thing different about this Expo compared to others, is the sheer number of benches throughout the Expo site. Benches galore!

It's quite hot right now but very nice and cool at night and there are things still under construction, so if you can put off your trip to Antalya, that will be better. But if you can't, that's okay, it's no biggie, go ahead and see it. 

Don't miss the Chinese garden .. it's really nice.

Nepal's pavilion took up the largest amount of space of all the countries.

Restrooms are easy to find. Just look for the semicircular small hills. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Great news for those who have not yet gone to the Antalya Expo.  Looks like the AntRay tram now goes to the Expo site. Would have been nice if they could have completed it before the Expo like they had planned to, but better late than never.

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To follow up on my trip report from above. I just posted this on You Tube a few minutes ago. I finally got around to doing so.  Enjoy! 

Here's the link for the Photo Slide Show:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LTMmx5LgPpM&t=53s&list=PLzPn6uzwk6NCJTT0aY9TQXmXqu4nk05En&index=4

Here's the link for the Video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nTZP3SmJPqY&list=PLzPn6uzwk6NCJTT0aY9TQXmXqu4nk05En&index=5

 

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