The following is the final 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:
With the last two days itinerary, you’ve walked the 2010 Shanghai World Expo’s Pudong side. Many think that the Puxi side isn’t as important, but in fact the corporate pavilions fulfill an important role. They Expo organisers have provided an area called the ‘Urban Best Practices Area’ (UPBA) to let everyone know about how various countries are endeavouring to raise quality of life in cities.
Once more, you should be arriving at 8:30. Take the Shanghai Metro Line 8 to South Tibet Rd (South Xizang Rd). As you get off, you’ll be at the largest [Expo entrance] gates in Puxi.
After going in, have a look at the renovated Jiangnan shipyard museum, which is actually the China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation Pavilion. You can see China’s boat building history, a model of the Ming dynasty explorer Zheng He‘s ship. 400 years ago Zheng’s fleet was the largest in the world. – Columbus, Magellan or whatever, they only came later.
After you come out, walk towards the Nanpu bridge, and have a look at the Private Enterprises Joint Pavilion. Companies like Alibaba and China Red Star Macalline will be there in a joint exhibition. After that is Vanke Pavilion, run by China’s biggest real estate developer Vanke, which probably means they’re rolling in money! The Vanke pavilion is made from gold straw, go and have a look at what cities in China will look like 2049 by looking at a model. [The model is inside the pavilion, they won’t all be made of straw.]
After these ambitious pavilions have a look at the Urban Best Practices area, and see the rest of the corporate pavilions. Taiwan Pavilion isn’t bad, and Sao Paolo’s example is worth seeing. When you see the bridge climb up it, when you reach South Zhongshan road you’ll be at the northern part of the UBP area, its most spectacular part.
The Hushang Ecological Park is located there, and tells everyone revolutions in how the environment is considered in modern residential life. There is also a hundred year old pawnshop – Dechengan; go in and there’s a Jinyong library, and all your favourite heroes will appear. If you’re lucky Jinyong himself will appear and sign your book. Also, Xian’s Daming palace and Ningbo’s Tengtou village are also pretty good.
On the foreign/overseas side I’d recommend the London’s Zero Carbon Pavilion, Hamburg’s ‘Hamburg House’, Mecca’s ‘Tent City Mina’ and Madrid’s ‘Bamboo House’. That’s right, I forgot to tell everyone, the UPB Area is itself an exhibition, all of the lights are of a design from Lyon.
After seeing all of this, go back along the bridge to the south area, and you’ll see a square called World Urban Square. If you’re tired you can sit under a giant 2 million RMB tent to cool down! Within the square is a stage where you can see performances. Underneath the chimney is the Pavilion of Future and it is noon, so the primary task now is to eat. The restaurant at the Pavilion of Future towards the bridge is the largest in Puxi, so I recommend you go there to eat.
In the afternoon, the first stop is Pavilion of Future, which is under a huge chimney. If you’re lucky you can meet me. Inside there, everyone can learn how life will be like in the cities of the future and all of the problems city life faces today. Pavilion of Future is big, so take your time.
Next head toward the corporate pavilions. This time you’ll be going past Space Pavilion, Information and Communications Pavilion and the Shanghai Automotive – GM Pavilion. Space Pavilion is like a white cloud, those that have never flown can go and see what it’s like to be in a plane. Information and Communications Pavilion was made by China Mobile and China Telecom. Take your mobile phone and find out the limitless potential of the information age. The Shanghai Automotive – GM Pavilion will let you see how we will get around cities in 2030.
After you’ve finished you can have a look at some performances in the square, and relax in what was originally the Jiangnan shipyard. If you’re a collector you should have a look at Aurora Pavilion. There you can find about Chinese jade. China Railway Pavilion is next. Wherever there are cities there are railways, and those who travel often be sure to take note. Next to China Railway Pavilion is Shanghai Corporate Joint Pavilion which is quite beautiful. Professor Yu Qiulin of the Shanghai was the artistic director. The outside is made of recycled CDs, and there are lots of hi-tech parts, and inside is the expo’s most advanced robot – Haibao. Next door is PICC Pavilion which I personally think isn’t very interesting, but since you’re there you might want to have a look.
At the park there you can have a rest, and get something to eat. At night you can go to Coca-Cola Pavilion. It’s easy to find, it looks like a big bottle of coke. Then go to the Space Home Pavilion, where you can see the most advanced space technology. Next go to the State Grid Pavilion. If you have made a reservation on their website you don’t need to line up. There are some interactive exhibits, and the whole design is quite original, and worth checking out. Then comes Oil Pavilion. Come out of the State Grid Pavilion, look up and you’ll see its big screen. It shows how China’s oil industry is going. At the present moment, countries with oil are like kings! The building near the river is the ROK Business Pavilion. E-Mart, Samsung, Hyundai, LG, they’re all there with exhibits. You should take some photos outside as mementos because after the expo finishes the building is being demolished and recycled into plastic bags for the people of Shanghai to use.
Finally, you can go to the International Council of Museums Pavilion and find out about the history of the World Expo. They are located in the same building as the Entertainment Hall, where you can see performances. Next you can go to the Civilisation Pavilion, where you can learn about the cities of yesterday. Next door is the Japanese Industry Pavilion. The Japanese have put a lot of effort into the expo, and I’m sure that the exhibits won’t disappoint you.
Finally you can leave through the gates at Luban Road, where you come out at the Lupu Bridge. During the day you can climb to the top for 68 RMB and look down on the entire expo site. If not, catch the Line 4 Metro, or buses 17, 36, or 146, among others.
This is my recommended 3-day Expo experience. Before you go, don’t forget to book online for those pavilions that allow it. Let me finally express my wishes for a successful Expo 2010, and I hope everyone has a good time.
Xie-xie! [Thank you!]
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