The Shanghai World Expo 2010, scheduled to start on 1 May 2010 (and it’s scheduled to run until October 31, 2010.), promises to be the largest ever. With 238 participants as of May 2009, including international organizations as well as countries from around the world, and a projected 70 million visitors over the six months of Expo 2010, the event will be a formidable exercise in logistics, as well as a vast stage for countries to showcase their businesses and cultures.
The Expo 2010 site covers 5.28 square kilometers on both sides of the Huangpu River in the south of the city. The first World Expo to be held in a developing country, the Shanghai Expo’s theme will be “Better City, Better Life” and is particularly appropriate given China’s rapid urbanization since the country opened up to the outside world in the late 1970s.
The Pavilions – housing countries, corporations and international organizations – will be at the heart of the Shanghai World Expo 2010. While many of them will be of standard construction, hired by countries for the duration of the event, and some will be large buildings housing exhibitions from many different countries (such as the African Pavilion), others will be one-off constructions, designed to impress.
When it comes to impressing the public, China’s pavilion is clearly the winner. Covering an area of 6.52 hectares and towering 63 meters above the site, the Chinese pavilion is no shrinking violet. The 30-meter high roof, of distinctively Chinese design, is dubbed “The Crown of the East”, and will host the pavilion’s exhibition. The main structure will be surrounded by other pavilions, one housing presentations from around the provinces, along with smaller separate pavilions for Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan.