Hebei province breaks world record for biggest flower arch

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 05 February, 2014, 11:16am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 05 February, 2014, 11:20am

The northeastern province of Hebei now holds the world record for creating the largest flower arch, decorated mostly with tulips and other blossoms.

The structure, created in Tangshan city (260 kilometres by rail from Beijing) out of 30,000 flowers, measures 7.16 metres tall and 10.65 metres wide, while its pillars are 1.41 metres thick.

The arch was officially added to the Guinness World Records after it was verified by Lisa Hoffman, a Canadian adjudicator for the world records compiler.

Tulips make up the bulk of the structure, but there are also carnations, roses, gerbera, lilies and other flowers. The top of the arch spells out the characters for “Year’s Gate”.

It took more than 100 workers three days, two nights and 65 boxes of fertiliser to build the arch.

Hoffman said building such a large structure out of flowers was difficult because of the material’s short lifespan. She said it had to be completed within a short period of time, and handling flowers required great skill.

She added that the height and width of the arch surpassed the planned 6 metres by 6 metres.

China also holds the world record for the longest flower structure – a 166.15-metre-long dragon commissioned by the Organising Committee of the 10th China Chrysanthemum Exhibition in Kaifeng, Henan province, in October 2010.

The structure was covered with 112,800 pots of chrysanthemum and covered an area of 1,451 square metres.

Other records involving flowers on the Guinness website are for the tallest flower structure, achieved by Cerveza Modelo Especial in Mexico on May 10 last year. It measured 27.24 metres high, and the bottom and sides were each 6 metres wide, and were dotted with 65,000 pompom flowers for Mother's Day.

The record for largest flower mural, meanwhile, was won by the Netherlands in 2001, after creating a 1,868 square metre mural using 770,000 fresh dahlias.