The opening ceremony of the 8th China Flower Expo was held in Wujing District, Changzhou on September 28, 2013. At the ceremony, Deputy Director Zhang Yongli of State Forestry Administration, P.R. China announced the "2013 New Forestry Plant Varieties Protection Rights Announcement". According to the regulation, new maple variety “Jinlinghuangfeng” developed by JAAS accords with the qualification of new plant varieties, and should be given the authorization. As one of the ten delegates in China, Prof. Li Qianzhong, breeder of Jinlinghuangfeng, was awarded the certificate by Governor Li Xueyong of Jiangsu Province.