UK Ambassador On Site
Ma Zhengang, former Chinese ambassador to the UK (1997-2002), visited the International Horticultural Exhibition 2014 Qingdao on May 26 accompanied by Li Fengli, secretary-general of the expo executive committee.“The global design of the Qingdao Expo suits perfectly its theme, ‘From the earth, for the Earth,’ and fully displays the beauty and elegance of Qingdao”
The visit covered the Botanical Pavilion and International Garden. He was impressed by the aquarium in the Botanical Pavilion, which is the first attempt to add a “marine” element to a world-class horticultural exposition.
Ma spoke highly of the British Park for its natural style and the perfect recreation of local British garden features.
“It is a tough project to turn a barren mountain into such a beautiful large-scale park in a short time”
After the visit, Ma asked about the organization work, media reports and the number of visitors, especially of foreign guests to the Qingdao Expo. Ma Zhengang was born in Shandong, China, in 1940. After graduating from Beijing Foreign Languages Institute (now known as China Foreign Studies University), he joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) of China in 1965. He was the president of the China Institute of International Studies (CIIS) from 2004 to 2010.