Colorful tulips to brighten Xi's visit to Holland

Colorful tulips to brighten Xi's visit to Holland
Olympic skating brothers Michel and Ronald Mulder show their medals during the opening of the 65th international Keukenhof flower show in Lisse, the Netherlands, on Tuesday.

President Xi Jinping and first lady Peng Liyuan are scheduled to enjoy a short weekend break from their tight European schedule from Saturday to April 1 to visit Keukenhof, the famous spring flower park.

The couple are also expected to visit pandas in a zoo, which is about 60 km away from Brussels, after they wrap up their visits in France and Germany.

The visits are sure to draw more publicity for the two parks and influence more Chinese to plan trips to follow in the couple's footsteps.

Before Xi takes part in the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague on Monday and Tuesday, he will meet Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, and then attend the Sino-Dutch Economic Forum over the weekend.

Xi and his wife are then scheduled to visit Keukenhof with King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima on Sunday.

"Of course we are very happy about (their) stop in Holland," said Annemarie M.M. Gerards-Adriaansens, public relations manager of Keukenhof. "It means that we have a lot of promotions for the Netherlands around the world, especially for the tulip, and we are always happy when an important person visits our park."

With an area of 32 hectares, Keukenhof, also called the Garden of Europe, is the largest garden in the world, with approximately 7 million flower bulbs planted there.

Located near Lisse, the park is open to the public from March 20 to May 18.

Currently, it has the theme of Holland and is showing an exhibition about the history of the tulip.

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