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Italy's Sanremo announces participation in 2021 China Flower Expo

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Visitors view tulip flowers during Shanghai tulip expo at Daning-Lingshi Park in Shanghai, east China, March 12, 2016. (Xinhua/Yan Daming)

Sanremo, located on the Italian coast near the border with France and nicknamed "The City of Flowers," would play a big role in the next year's China Flower Expo in the Chongming District of Shanghai, says its mayor.

ROME, Sept. 24 (Xinhua) -- The mayor of the northwestern Italian city of Sanremo announced Thursday the city would play a big role in the next edition of the China Flower Expo, to be held next May to July in the Chongming District of Shanghai.

Mayor Alberto Biancheri announced the plan after a visit from Zhu Yuhua, president of the China-Italy Association of Shanghai.

Sanremo, located on the Italian coast near the border with France, is nicknamed "The City of Flowers." Each year one of the city's main avenues is filled with flowers and floats made of millions of flowers that are driven around the city as part of a special Flower Carnival celebration.

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Aerial photo taken on March 19, 2019 shows the cole flower field in Chongming District, east China's Shanghai.  (Xinhua/Fang Zhe)

Discussions of the city's participation dated back to last year during talks aimed at strengthening cultural ties between the two countries.

In addition to Sanremo's participation in the China Flower Expo, the agreement announced Thursday provides for commercial, cultural, and tourist-related ties between Chongming of Shanghai and Sanremo, a city of around 45,000 residents.

"Our participation is a subject of great pride for Sanremo," Biancheri, the mayor, said.

The China Flower Expo takes place in the Chongming District of Shanghai, itself renowned for the flowers that grow in the area. The expo is among the world's most important flower events, covering an area of more than 10 square kilometers and hosting more than 3 million visitors each year. At next year's event, a part of the expo grounds will be set aside for displays from Sanremo. 

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