The Gap between China and Germany Viewed from Expo 2010

As I entered the German Pavilion, stepped on the automatic escalator and into the tunnel, a romantic and mysterious trip to the German Pavilion began. The blending of light and shadow with each other formed a wonderful experience.

Getting into the Germany production section, what came into my eyes is the fine idea. Every detail of the arts was carefully designed. It was not simply to shock people with the big screen, not to divide its exhibition area into several parts and let it be seized by several companies, not to catch audience’s eyes by heritage, but to move people only by its creative designs.

Yes, this is a space full of creativity. The whole exhibition hall is in the dim light with red light flashing. On the big racks with a height reaching to the roof, many supplies for daily use from Germany, unusual inventions and designs are displayed. Everything in the hall is under motion: the conveyor belts are shuttling in the air loaded with a total of 90 pieces of exhibits including LED lights, unique semiconductor with alarm, toy tractor, bicycle helmets, as well as Germany’s concrete products. There are all kinds of production materials in a corner of the plant, which you can touch to feel the genuine sentiment and resonance.

Walking forward, there is a lantern hung in the air. In the lampshade is a beautiful picture. You can find there is a small telescope, through which you can view the picturesque scenery all before your eyes just by adjusting to the right angle.lantern with beautiful picture

The last but the most important art is the German Pavilion’s “greatest treasure” — the source of power. For convenience, I’d like to call it a big iron ball.

After left the German Pavilion, I took the last few hours to visit the Best Cities Practice Area. The first thing came into my eyes was a large creative kitchen. It occurred to me whether our Chinese creativity can compete with German’s. After asking the staff, I felt great disappointed, for he said if there is no the creative kitchen, the place is just like any other common restaurants without any uniqueness. We Chinese are far better than Germany at cooking, for Germany where MSG should be weighed before it’s used for dishes, is not a famous country for excellent cooks.

Beside the creative kitchen is the City Future Pavilion reconstructed from a power plant. I entered with great expectation but got out with great disappointment soon. The City Future Pavilion is not a vision of future at all, but a copy of the real situation as now. In the City Earth Pavilion and the City Cultural Pavilion, all the things in front of my eyes were just simple description of the reality, which only made use of modern means like sound and light and so on, but was lack of creativity to brighten people’s eyes. Although China’s exhibition halls were advanced in technology, crafts, data, and the construction area, but it lacks the creativity from soul.

This is because Germany has already entered the age of “Created in German”, but China is still at the age of “Made in China”. This is the gap between them.

Only one word’s difference makes a gap of a hundred years. From manufacturing to creation, it’s destined to be a long and difficult road. Manufacturing just needs to purchase equipment and drawings, and to have workers work in line, but creation needs a series of preparation, which can not be achieved just by shouting slogans and policies or encouragement.

For sure, China’s GDP is much more than that of Germany, and China’s exports also surpasses Germany’s to be the largest source in the world, but we must understand that cheap manufactured products can not compare with the core technology of vehicles. The gap between China and Germany from manufacturing to creation needs all efforts and insistence for a hundred years.

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