2014 qingdao International Horticultural Exposition


National flower of India


Nelumbo Nucifera is a perennial aquatic plant of the family Nymphaeaceae. The solitary flower's petals are single, double or multiple lobes, and there are also special ones such as two flowers blossoming on the same base and a flower which has over a thousand petals. Both the flower and leaves of the Nelumbo Nucifera are beautiful, and it has a tranquil and delicate fragrance.

Nelumbo Nucifera is native to China and is found across Japan, India, Sri Lanka and Australia.

It is mainly to be found on the water surface, decorating waterscapes or water gardens. Small-sized species can also be used indoors for adorning a house. Furthermore, Nelumbo Nucifera is an economical plant, whose whole body is a treasure: lotus seeds and roots are both edible and nutritive.

India is the birthplace of Buddhism and Nelumbo Nucifera is a symbol and mascot that is often referred to in Buddhist Scriptures. Nelumbo nucifera rises unsullied from the mud, preserving its purity, conforming with Buddhist teachings on the philosophy of life. Since Nelumbo nucifera symbolizes Buddhism and Buddhism originates from India, Nelumbo Nucifera is regarded as a symbol of dignity and holiness in that country.



Opening Time

Time: April 25 - Oct 25, 2014
Open: April 25, 2014
Close: Oct 25, 2014

April 25 – June 2
Sept 1 – Oct 25
9:00am - 6:00pm
Last entry: 5:00pm
Last tickets are sold at 5:00pm

June 3 – August 31
9:00am - 10:00pm
Last entry: 9:00pm
Last tickets are sold from 9:00am - 10:00pm