Expo 2010: The U.S. Pavilion Ushered the 3 Millionth Visitor

On July 19th, the 80th opening day of the 2010 Shanghai World Expo, the U.S. Pavilion ushered its 3 millionth lucky visitor.

The couple Cai Zhiping and Wang Xiangjuan from Shaoxing became the stars of the U.S. Pavilion. It is the first time for this 70-year-old couple to visit the Shanghai World Expo. They had a lovely welcome from Martin Alintuck, the President and CEO of the U.S. Pavilion, and get some presents such as the crystal model and commemorative coin of the U.S. Pavilion.

Villarreal, the Commissioner General of the U.S. Pavilion, said, “I am indeed proud of the achievements since the trial run, and we have met a constant stream of visitors all over the world. We are looking forward to entertain more guests and friends to share the spirit of America.”

It is reported that, as one of the most popular pavilions of the 2010 Shanghai World Expo, its average daily capacity for visitors is 42000, and it is expected there will be 6 million visitors to the U.S. Pavilion during the Expo. The U.S. Pavilion, covering an area of over 6,000 square meters, is one of the largest national pavilions in this World Expo. With its theme of “Embracing the Challenges”, it showed the cultural connotation, values, innovation and business ideas of the United States in Shanghai Chinese most dynamic city, and celebrated friendship and cooperation between China and the United States as well as other countries in the world.

One thought on “Expo 2010: The U.S. Pavilion Ushered the 3 Millionth Visitor

  1. Snoot

    By now most major pavilions have hosted three to six million visitors. The US Pavilion is not one of the largest at the Expo. It is in the middle-range.

    The US Pavilion does not express cultural values but rather corporate values, in keeping with its totally corporate sponsorship. No members of the American public were involved in its design, construction, or operation except some student interns who greet visitors at no expense to the US Pavilion.

    (Both the Bush and Obama Administrations wanted to keep the pavilion project private — now totaling around $75 million in tax-exempt funding — for better political horse-trading.)

    The US Pavilion’s popularity mainly is the result of expensive public relations work; even so, many pavilions are more popular and many more than that get better reviews.

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