The following is the third part of a 2010 Shanghai World Expo guide originally written in Chinese for Chinese visitors from around the country by a Chinese World Expo worker. The walk-through aims to help visitors enjoy the entire World Fair over three days. Since it has become very popular on the internet for many Chinese netizens who plan to visit the Expo, chinaSMACK has translated it into English should it be of help for non-Chinese visitors this summer.
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2010 Shanghai World Expo Expo 3-Day Guide & Walk-Through:
On day two, just like on day one, you should arrive at 8:30. Try entering through the gates at Changqing road. Once again, the first thing you do should be to make your reservations; I recommend the United States, England, France and Switzerland pavilions. You can choose to see them in the morning or afternoon.
As you come in you’ll see Thailand Pavilion on the right. It’s really easy to find, it looks very Thai. Inside there is a green mascot called “Tai”. You can get your photo taken with Tai, and after having a look you’ll leave and continue going through pavilions.
The large rust colored building in front of Thai Pavilion is Australia Pavilion. The Australians have been quite enthusiastic about the expo, and their pavilion is worth a look.
The music box shaped building on the right of Australia Pavilion is Singapore Pavilion. It’s quite small, has a garden on top where you can relax, and there’s a fountain in the pavilion’s plaza.
Next to Singapore Pavilion is Malaysia Pavilion. Its design is traditional southeast Asian. Inside is a stage where you can see performances from Malaysia’s 47 ethnic groups, and there are also displays that introduce some of Malaysia’s tourism destinations.
After Malaysia you come to New Zealand, but before even entering you’ll see a Maori performance. Once you go inside you’ll be enthralled by pictures of New Zealand’s breathtaking scenery. This is because the team in charge of special effects were the ones behind Lord of the Rings, and it makes you feel as if you’re really there.
Coming out of New Zealand Pavilion look for the building next door with the bamboo sticking out of the roof; Indonesia Pavilion. In between Indonesia and New Zealand is Cambodia Pavilion. It’s rented so don’t feel like you have to take a look. Actually Indonesia Pavilion isn’t so great either; you could just take some photos and be done with it.
After Indonesia you can have a look at the International Group Pavilion, Brunei Pavilion, the Philippines Pavilion, and then you’ll realise that you’ve come in a complete circle, and should take a rest and have something to eat in the square.
Next, go along the elevated walkway towards the Huangpu River. Come down when you see the blue UN Pavilion, which you shouldn’t miss. Beside is the World Meteorological Organization’s pavilion (MeteoWorld Pavilion), which is pretty great. It’s the only pavilion that has been built by an international organisation. On days with good weather you can see that there’s a rainbow on the outside.
Come out and you’re at the theme area, where you can see performances going on. Towards the UN Pavilion are two more rented pavilions, the World Trade Center Association Pavilion, and the International Development Information Network Association Pavilion. If it isn’t too crowded, give it a look.
By this time it’s probably midday. Eat up, because the next part of your day is going to be great. Cross the road that is next to the UN Pavilion (it’s actually Changqing road) and you’ll see a wicker basket, which is actually Spain Pavilion, which is a must-see.
Next to the square are Monaco Pavilion and Serbia Pavilion. They are both rented so you can give them a miss. But on the other side of the square is the Belgium-EU Pavilion. – You can have free chocolate, and if you’ve done your homework you can enter their quiz and win diamonds or even the major monthly prize of a trip to Europe.
Next to Belgium is Poland, which you should also see. The building looks like a box that has had parts cut out of it by hand, and there is a cafe on top. Next to Poland Pavilion, alongside the Huangpu River are cablecars, which are part of Switzerland Pavilion. I think that they are the only highlight; the IMAX isn’t as big as Saudi Arabia Pavilion and the content isn’t very interesting. But the outside of the building flashes, and everyone can use the flash on their camera to take photos. It is powered by wind and solar energy.
Next to Switzerland is France Pavilion, which features artistic curios, including Rodin’s “The Age of Bronze”. They also hold large scale weddings. Next to France Pavilion, on the side near Poland Pavilion is Germany Pavilion. Inside is a metal sphere that is covered with LEDs that are activated by the noise you make. There are lots of interactive exhibits, so everyone take care of your cameras to protect against thieves and have fun while inside.
After enjoying Germany Pavilion cross Beihuan Road and go to Ireland Pavilion. After a quick look go to Norway Pavilion. It’s not big, and was made from wood and bamboo. Next to it is Ukraine Pavilion and Iceland Pavilion. Take a look and you won’t regret it.
Continue on and you come to Sweden Pavilion, and I suggest walking through all four cubes. I recommend having a look at them. Next is Denmark Pavilion. You can take a ride on Denmark Pavilion’s bikes. These 500 bikes only have front brakes, all you need to do to use the back brakes is start to pedal backwards. You can also see the Little Mermaid statue, a national treasure, which you must must see.
Next to Denmark Pavilion is Finland Pavilion. The Finns have been quite enthusiastic about the expo, and the service and exhibits are all first rate, the northern Europeans don’t lack money. Opposite Denmark and Finland are Lithuania Pavilion and Estonia Pavilion; if you’re tired take a look at them after having a rest in the square.
After Finland, go across the elevated walkway, and go to Portugal Pavilion, Slovakia Pavilion and Czech Pavilion. These are all rented pavilions, although the Czech pavilion isn’t too bad. After the Czech Pavilion comes the European joint pavilions one and two, Hungary Pavilion, Bosnia and Herzegovina Pavilion and Belarus Pavilion are all around that area. They are all rented or self-built, so if you don’t have enough time you can skip them.
After seeing Hungary Pavilion, cross Xiying Road and you’ll come to the Caribbean Community Pavilion. Opposite is Cuba Pavilion, but you needn’t spend a long time on them. Past Cuba Pavilion is Venezuela Pavilion, the building that looks a little like a figure eight is Chile Pavilion. Inside is a well, take a photo, because Chile is on the other side of the globe.
Next to Chile is Mexico, and if you’re tired you can have a rest in their kite forest. The area is underground, which keeps it cool!
Past Mexico Pavilion is Canada Pavilion, where you can see Cirque du Soleil, who are fantastic.
Coming out of Brazil Pavilion, can you see USA Pavilion? Don’t go in yet, have a look at the Joint Pavilion of Central and South American Countries. It was made with scrap metal from the Shanghai Third Steelworks, it’s an interesting Pavilion. Then you can go to USA Pavilion. At the entrance there’s a waterfall and a huge screen, the USA almost wasn’t able to come to this year’s expo, they had financial problems of some kind and almost had to cancel, so you must have a look.
By this time it’s probably time for dinner. The USA Pavilion has a restaurant and there are also quite a few options in the area, so you can take your pick.
After a quick look go to Russia Pavilion, there are twelve flower petal towers that go together to make a fairytale world. Then you’ll see an apple that has been cut open, which you can enter and see a film, and you’ve come to Romania Pavilion.
Italy Pavilion is quite good, If you look carefully you can see that the building was made using transparent concrete and is almost see through!
Next to it is the spectacular United Kingdom Pavilion and although it’s small, it’s beautiful, with thousands of lit slim transparent acrylic rods moving with the breeze, which you can imagine even if before going.
Finally, go to the Joint African Pavilion to end your day. There’s an African market, and you can even purchase a souvenir. After coming out you’ll see a ten hectare playground, which isn’t very interesting actually, just wait for 2014 when Disneyland comes! Past that is the only wetland park in the city centre, Houtan Park, suitable for romantic couples, although in summer there are quite a few mosquitoes.
Exit from the Houtan gates and you’ll be at the number 7 Metro line, and here your second day ends.
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