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Expo 2010 - Shanghai 1 May to 31 Oct

192 countries and 50 international organisations are due to participate in this event which is expected to attract 70 million visitors. Some of the pavilions look amazing. It starts in just 47 days but I haven't seen much publicity yet. Just out of idle curiosity, is anyone here planning to attend (BA strikes permitting)?

EXPO 2010 Shanghai

UK Pavilion
International Participants' Pavilions


UK Pavilion at Expo 2010[/align]

BBC website: Inside World Expo 'Seed Cathedral' (includes video)
BBC News 9 Mar 2010 said:
A huge World Expo is due to open in Shanghai, China in May. The theme of the trade show will be "Better City - Better Life" and aims to showcase Shanghai as a major world financial and cultural centre.

The UK's contribution to the Expo is a Pavilion designed by Thomas Heatherwick, whose centrepiece "Seed Cathedral" is a six-storey cube-like structure, pierced by some 60,000 transparent acrylic rods which quiver in the breeze.
Some UK media coverage of this huge event at last, but not exactly comprehensive or objective:

Shanghai Expo 2010 – China still can’t get these big occasions right
Sunday Telegraph 2 May 2010 said:
After the Beijing Olympics, this is the next great Chinese spectacular. The whole world has been invited to Shanghai to be amazed at the scale of what modern China has to offer. The fact that China has largely succeeded in steering clear of the worst effects of the global financial crisis, and that credit is still flowing like water there, is likely to make the show even more impressive...

...But it never quite goes according to plan. Yesterday’s opening day was marked by endless queues to get through the security controls. The Chinese are not very good at queueing at the best of times, preferring the traditional mêlée, so it must have been rather a trying experience. But it could have been worse: only about half the expected numbers turned up. 350,000 tickets had been sold, and only 200,000 seem to have attended. Why, one might ask, did so many people buy tickets who never meant to come?

I've no brief for the organisers of this event but I don't understand why all the ticket-holders should be expected to attend on the first day. According to the Ticketing Regulations, any Peak Day ticket not used on the designated day can be used on any Standard Day. As EXPO lasts until 31 Oct, might not some people wish to wait for the initial rush to die down? Here is a different view of proceedings on the first day:

Smooth start for Expo with 204,000 visitors
Shanghai Expo website 2 Apr 2010 said:
The World Expo 2010 Shanghai finally opened its gates yesterday, with 204,000 enthusiastic visitors touring the 5.28-square-kilometer site. Visitors who had queued for two hours at the entrances poured in just before 9am when a button to open the site was pressed by top Chinese political advisor Jia Qinglin and Jean-Pierre Lafon, president of the Bureau of International Expositions (BIE).

Vicente Gonzalez Loscertales, secretary-general of BIE, said at the site opening ceremony that World Expo 2010 Shanghai would be "the most splendid and unforgettable." He said it would help the world better understand the present, get a glimpse into the future and strengthen cooperation between countries and organizations.

The first-day operation went smoothly. All but seven pavilions did not open yesterday...

For comparison, the Millennium Dome attracted 366,420 visitors during its entire first month (link).
It's quite big news over in this part of the world, what with the trading links between NZ and even more OZ and the chinks.

NZ has quite a big pavilion and the focus seems to be tourism, Maori singing and sticking there tongues out, big green stones, 100% pure etc, should be good.


Lantern Swinger
In the press here, in China, it's a bit disappointing.

There have of course been probs with volcanic ash, recession etc. hence less travelers but the feeling of the locals is that is just a plan to push up property prices.

The PRC has spent US$ 95 billion so far.

That's a lot of aircraft carriers :roll:
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