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Expo 2010 will be held in Shanghai, China and is a scheduled World Expo in the grand tradition of international fairs and expositions. The theme of the exposition will be “Better City – Better Life” and signifies Shanghai’s new status in the 21st century as a major economic and cultural center. It is expected to generate the largest number of visitors in the history of the world’s fairs in terms of gross numbers. The expo Logo features the chinese character 世 ‘world’ modified to represent three people together with the 2010 date.

The Expo will take place from May 1–October 31, 2010.

Let Zakumi Encounter HAIBAO in Expo 2010

“Zakumi”, the cartoon cheetah cub, is coming. With a green mane, it represents green football field. In 2010, “Zakumi” and HAIBAO will become the most eye-catching mascots in the world.

When talking about “Zakumi”, the general representative of the South African exhibitors Kumar is always in high spirits. As the most common animal in Africa, Leopard has human nature and unparalleled speed. Among 11 official languages in South Africa, Zakumi consists of two parts “Za” and “Kumi”, “Za” symbolizing South Africa and “Kumi” meaning “10” in most of languages in African continent; Zakumi can also be interpreted as “Come”, on behalf of “young, active, intelligent, confident, friendly and enthusiastic.” “We try to host a dynamic World Cup, so we chose leopard. Now, we are planning to let Zakumi meet HAIBAO in advance, and discussing how to cooperate next year, so as to share the two major international events of World Expo and the World Cup.”

Kumar is not only South African’s consul general at Shanghai, but also the chief representative of South Africa exhibitors. He believed that World Cup and World Expo had a lot in common, for example both of them were exciting projects, and would be held in 2010 in developing countries, which would attract many visitors, and had great significance to their countries.

Arrived in Shanghai in 2006, Kumar considers Shanghai as his favorite city. The largest city of South Africa-Johannesburg has just been twinned with Shanghai. As the urban culture center of South Africa, it comprises a fine collection of thousands of cultures, and is the vitality and pride of South Africa. For Kumar, these two cities full of vitality shall increase contact in all areas in future, “especially in urban planning and development.”

Now, both Shanghai World Expo and the World Cup of South Africa have entered the last stage, and Kumar has to give up a lot of rest time for positive “preparation.”

In May next year, Kumar will “attend to” HAIBAO in Shanghai; while in June next year, “I will enter into the exhibition hall with the lovely Zakumi in hand, and watch World Cup of South Africa on TV.”

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Shanghai Expo Site Projects Come to Closing Stages

The reporter learned from municipal department on Dec 9th that the construction of Shanghai Expo Site and supporting projects was going forward well. The Expo Center will be basically completed by the end of this year, and will put into use next March. China Pavilion has been partly completed and checked for acceptance, the superstructure of Performing Arts Center has been completed, and Expo Axis will be finished by the end of December. All the 11 Joint Pavilions and 42 Rented Pavilions have been completed; 41 out of 42 self-built Pavilions have been under construction, and the last one is preparing to start. Road construction in the site will be basically completed by the end of the year, and more than 95% landscaping have been completed.

Project Manager of the Seventh Construction Company that takes in charge of the Expo Center engineering project, Fei Yuezhong said that almost all floors of the Expo Center had outdoor terrace in different sizes so as to directly get natural light, ventilation and beautiful scenery outside. Since the roof located in central building is available for skylight opening to form natural ventilation, it greatly decreases power load of air conditioning in the long transitional season of spring-to-autumn.

Shanghai Expo Center is one of the 5 permanent large-scale public buildings in the Binjiang Greenbelt, and is also the only green building which carries out dual controls of Three Stars of Green Building Evaluation Criteria and LEED Gold.

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China’s First “Multi-Touch Video Wall” Will Enter the Expo Site

China’s first “Multi-Touch Video Wall” vending machine came out recently, which is hopeful to enter Shanghai Expo site. The transaction procedure of the “Multi-Touch Video Wall” is similar to that of bank card, and one transaction can be done within 2 seconds. In some subway stations, campuses and parks in shanghai, citizens can buy foods, OTC (Over-The-Counter), daily products and plane tickets, or inquire urban traffic and civil flight at “Touch Video Wall” by means of cash, cell phone and credit card. 

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Standard Tickets’ Prices of Expo 2010 Rise

The sponsor of Shanghai Expo will sell triphase tickets in advance on Jan 1st, 2010. Visitors who intent to purchase tickets can also enjoy promotion price if they buy biphase tickets at the end of this month.

According to the ticketing overall program and the principle that the earlier people book, the more preferential it is, the price of triphase tickets will be slightly higher than biphase tickets, and the prices of appointed day standard tickets and mean day standard tickets will be adjusted to 190 RMB and 150 RMB from the current 180 RMB and 140 RMB respectively.

Triphase individual tickets will come out multiple-entry tickets, including thrice-entry tickets of 400 RMB, and seven-entry tickets of 900 RMB. In addition, saver tickets, which is classified into appointed day saver tickets (110 RMB) and mean day saver tickets (90 RMB), will also start selling. All disabilities, old people, students and soldiers can purchase saver tickets.

Since the ticket sale commenced on March 27th, Expo tickets have already been sold approximately 11.8 million so far, meeting the periodical aim of 2009 ticket sales estimate ahead of schedule. At present, the four major domestic ticket sales agents including China Mobile, China Telecom, Bank of Communications, and China Post have laid 5300 sales outlets all over the country. There are 38 Expo tour designated travel agencies with 900 sales outlets in china, and 15 foreign general agents and designated agents in 18 countries and regions.

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Expo 2010 SAIC-GM Pavilion Show Future Life of 20 Years Later

How will autos change people’s lives in the future? Recently, SAIC-GM Pavilion announced its space performance and program, and a film named “2030, Road!” will reveal the answer to the audience.

“2030, Road!” tells a touching story about “Road” in Shanghai in 2030. Viewers will see the progress harmonious picture of the future cities in 2030 and the changes of urban life brought by future vehicles.

The production of the film gathers the world top production teams including the special effects production team Pixomondo who made Hollywood blockbuster “2012,” the PPS film editing team led by Hong Kong film master Wu Siyuan, the distinguished director Kuang Sheng who was awarded Golden Melody Awards , the soundtrack master Chen Guangrong who won Academy Awards as well as Zhou Huajian the famous singer in Hong Kong.

The film will be shown on 4 huge curved screens with a height of  6.5 meters, a width of 38 meters, and 144 degrees of TPY. Sitting in the zero-delayed sensor seats, the audience will enjoy the immersion observation feeling. Curator of SAIC-GM Pavilion Jin Qi believed that all audience would draw the vision of a better life in the future cities brought by autos after seeing the film.

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Expo 2010 Rail Traffic Line 7 was Put into Trial Operation

Rail Traffic Line 7, which directly serves Shanghai World Expo Park, was put into trial operation on Dec 5th, 2009. Shanghai adds an underground fast channel connecting both sides of the Huangpu River, so the total course of Rail Traffic reaches 285 kilometers, and the stations add to 196.

With an overall length of 34.38 km, Rail Traffic Line 7 is a north-south trunk line of Shanghai Rail Traffic Network. It passes through Baoshan, Putuo, Jing’an, Xujiahui and Pudong, containing many main passenger collector-distributor line stations during Expo 2010, such as Qihua Road Station of Puxi, Huamu Road Station of Pudong, Houtan Station etc. Line 7 adopts a series of new technics and methods, including the cap and excavation method, pneumatic caisson, and noise and vibration control.

Shanghai Rail Traffic Line construction started in 1990s. Xiujiahui-Jinjiang Park section of Shanghai Metro Line 1 opened to traffic in 1993. Up to now, Shanghai formed the network operation pattern with nine rail traffic lines. To 2012, Shanghai Metro is expected to form 13 lines with a total operating length of more than 500 km.

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Deloitte & Touche Sponsors USA Pavilion of Expo 2010

On Dec 4th, Deloitte China announced that Deloitte & Touche had become an official sponsor of USA Pavilion as the officially designated accounting and taxation affairs consultant. Deloitte & Touche will found a group composed of accounting and taxation personnel to support the development and management of USA Pavilion during Shanghai World Expo.

Despite of the global economic downturn, Deloitte & Touche has maintained rapid growth in China, and opened Hangzhou office and Chongqing office in last December and this June respectively, which fully reflects its confidence in and commitment to Chinese market. Specifically responsible for promoting investment in and outside China, Deloitte Global Chinese Services Group has expanded more than 100 services networks in just a few years.

CEO of Deloitte China Chris Lu said, as the two main forces in the global economic order, China and the United States are the two most important markets of Deloitte & Touche; so they were very pleased to provide professional services for USA Pavilion and participate in Expo 2010. Deloitte China Regional Managing Partner of East China Xiao Yaoxi expressed similar opinion, and said Deloitte & Touche would give all-out support to Expo 2010 and USA Pavilion, since they had common values and principles, such as appreciation of cultural diversity and efforts to social responsibility.

Chairman of the Steering Committee of USA Pavilion Mr. Lavin (Franklin Lavin) said, as a world-leading advisory body of audit, tax and finance, Deloitte & Touche was committed to the philosophy of being social responsible and achieving sustainable development, which is complete accordance with the theme of USA Pavilion.

Covering an area of 6,000 m2, USA Pavilion will be one of the largest national pavilions of this World Expo. It will showcase the culture, values, enterprising spirit and commercial success of the USA in China’s most dynamic city Shanghai, and join the Chinese people in celebrating Sino-US profound friendship and active cooperation.

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Unveil Expo 2010 Life & Sunshine

On Dec 3rd, 2009, by the coming of “World Disabled Day,” Expo 2010 Life & Sunshine unveiled a mystery — it is the first time that the World Expo has established Disabled Hall since it started 158 years ago. Strolling in the hall with an area of 1,200 m2, the audience will start a trip of “Cherishing Life, Enjoying Sunshine.”

Deputy Secretary-General of Expo 2010 China Life & Sunshine Committee and Curator of Life & Sunshine Cao Ziping told reporters that Expo 2010 Life & Sunshine focused on “removing discrimination, throwing off poverty, Cherishing Life, Enjoying Sunshine,” and annotated the concept of “Let the sunshine of love light up the souls of disabled.” The logo “Colorful Leaf,” which consists of 10 leaves with 7 colors, represents vitality of life. The mascot “Sunshine Bird” has a of a rising sun- shaped body and the flame-like tail feathers, and symbolizes the “colorful sunshine, passion of life and human’s praise for life. ”

It is said Expo 2010 Life & Sunshine, located in the Urbanian Pavilion (1200m2), is divided into four parts: first exhibition hall, life zone, sunshine zone and loving care corridor. It has been embarked on arrangement, which will be completed in next March, and will be used in trial operation on April 1st.

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Shanghai World Expo Reduces Carbon Emission

According to the Bureau of Shanghai World Expo Coordination and Shanghai Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau, Expo 2010 is framing a set of “low-carbon program”, so Shanghai World Expo will become a true “Low-Carbon World Expo.”

The carbon emission includes two main aspects: one is produced by construction or operation of the Expo Site and dismantling of temporary venues; the other is produced by Expo visitors, exhibitors, the organizing committee in travel, accommodation and so on. 

In this regard, on one hand, Shanghai is carrying out the concept of “low carbon” in the whole process of the Expo Site’s selection, planning, design, construction, operation and so on, reducing carbon emissions from their sources; on the other hand, Shanghai is actively implementing the “carbon offsets” to countervail as much additional carbon emission out of the Expo as possible.

In addition, Shanghai will provide a comfortable and efficient trip mode of bus for Expo visitors, and reduce carbon emission from trip significantly.

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Expo 2010 Shanghai China

Expo 2010 will be held in Shanghai, China and is a scheduled World Expo in the grand tradition of international fairs and expositions. The theme of the exposition will be “Better City – Better Life” and signifies Shanghai’s new status in the 21st century as a major economic and cultural center. It is expected to generate the largest number of visitors in the history of the world’s fairs in terms of gross numbers. The expo Logo features the chinese character 世 ‘world’ modified to represent three people together with the 2010 date.

The Expo will take place from May 1October 31, 2010.

Infrastructure preparations

The site of the event is the Nanpu Bridge-Lupu Bridge region in the center of Shanghai along both sides of the Huangpu River. The area of the Expo 2010 covers 5.28 km².

Massive construction of new metro lines have been undertaken for years in order to serve the traffic demands of the event. Shanghai Metro Lines 7, 13 are all under construction and will connect the expo site directly with the other parts of the city. Lines 2 East Extension, 9 Phase II, 10 and 11 Phase I will also be opened before the event.

As for intercity traffic, officials in Beijing announced plans on March 6, 2006, to begin construction of a second commercial maglev train system in Shanghai by the end of 2006. The planned Shanghai-Hangzhou Maglev Train would have connected Hangzhou as a west extension of the existing line and was planned for completion in time for Expo 2010. However, after massive public protest and the fall of the project’s champion, Chen Liangyu, to corruption charges, the project was put on indefinite hold by the Chinese government in May 2007 to study “electromagnetic radiation concerns”.

Brief Introduction

World Expositions are galleries of human inspirations and thoughts. Since 1851 when the Great Exhibition of Industries of All Nations was held in London, the World Expositions have attained increasing prominence as grand events for economic, scientific, technological and cultural exchanges, serving as an important platform for displaying historical experience, exchanging innovative ideas, demonstrating esprit de corps and looking to the future.

With a long civilisation, China favours international exchange and loves world peace. China owes its successful bid for the World Exposition in 2010 to the international community’s support for and confidence in its reform and opening-up. The Exposition will be the first registered World Exposition in a developing country, which gives expression to the expectations the world’s people place on China’s future development.

So what will Expo 2010 Shanghai China deliver to the world? There is no doubt the Chinese people will present to the world a successful, splendid and unforgettable exposition.

Expo 2010 Shanghai China will be a great event to explore the full potential of urban life in the 21st century and a significant period in urban evolution. Fifty-five percent of the world population is expected to live in cities by the year 2010. The prospect of future urban life, a subject of global interest, concerns all nations, developed or less developed, and their people. Being the first World Exposition on the theme of city, Exposition 2010 will attract governments and people from across the world, focusing on the theme “Better City, Better Life.” For its 184 days, participants will display urban civilisation to the full extent, exchange their experiences of urban development, disseminate advanced notions on cities and explore new approaches to human habitat, lifestyle and working conditions in the new century. They will learn how to create an eco-friendly society and maintain the sustainable development of human beings.

Expo 2010 Shanghai China will centre on innovation and interaction. Innovation is the soul, while cultural interaction is an important mission of the World Expositions. In the new era, Expo 2010 Shanghai China will contribute to human-centred development, scientific and technological innovation, cultural diversity and win-win cooperation for a better future, thus composing a melody with the key notes of highlighting innovation and interaction in the new century.

Expo 2010 Shanghai China will also be a grand international gathering. On the one hand, we shall endeavour to attract about 200 nations and international organisations to take part in the exhibition as well as 70 million visitors from home and abroad, ensuring the widest possible participation in the history of the World Expositions. On the other hand, we will put Expo 2010 Shanghai China in a global perspective and do our best to encourage the participation and gain the understanding and support of various countries and peoples, in order to turn Expo 2010 Shanghai China into a happy reunion of people from all over the world.

In addition, Expo 2010 Shanghai China will offer a wonderful opportunity for cross-culture dialogues. Before the conclusion of the Exposition, a “Shanghai Declaration” will be issued. This declaration, hopefully a milestone in the history of the World Expositions, will epitomise the insights to be offered by the participants and embody people’s ideas for future cooperation and development and extensive common aspirations, thereby leaving a rich spiritual legacy of urban development to people throughout the world.

The Chinese Government will go to great lengths to make Expo 2010 Shanghai China a special event that carries on traditions and opens a new vista into the future. Our motto is: “Keeping in mind the next 60 years’ development while preparing for the six months’ Exposition.” We count on the continuing attention, support and participation of all the peace-loving countries.


The theme of Expo 2010 is “Better City, Better Life,” representing the common wish of the whole humankind for a better living in future urban environments. This theme represents a central concern of the international community for future policy making, urban strategies and sustainable development. In 1800, 2% of the global population lived in cities. In 1950, the figure raised to 29%, in 2000, almost half the world population moved into cities, and by 2010, as estimated by the United Nations, the urban population will account for 55% of the total human population.

The quest for a better life has run through the urban history of mankind. Through different sub-themes, Expo 2010 will create blueprints for future cities and harmonious urban life styles, providing an extraordinary educational and entertaining platform for visitors of all nations:

●Blending of diverse cultures in the city

●Economic prosperity in the city

●Innovations of science and technology in the city

●Remodelling of communities in the city

●Interactions between urban and rural areas

English speakers invited to view Shanghai Expo Online in January

PARIS, Nov. 24 (Xinhua) — The Executive Committee for the Expo 2010 Shanghai formally unveiled the online version of the Expo to the 146th General Assembly of the Bureau of International Exhibition (BIE), inviting worldwide English speakers to visit the virtual site in January.

By using internet technologies, the online version of Expo 2010 Shanghai features a combination of virtual presentation and reality, presenting a virtual park corresponding to the 5.28 square kilometers Expo site, including virtual pavilions and exhibitions of all participants.

The Chinese version of Shanghai Expo Online has been launched on Nov. 13 and the English version will be finalized by next January, said Zhu Yonglei, the deputy director of the bureau of Shanghai world Expo coordination.

To date, 217 countries and organizations have confirmed to participate in the online Expo, which is regarded as “a revolutionary innovation in the history of Expos” by BIE.

As an extension of the physical Expo, the unprecedented online version will provide netizens not only a virtual journey around the Expo site and pavilions but also tour guide, education and interactive experiences.

The Shanghai Expo Online will be updated in line with the progress of the real construction on the site and the exhibition part of the online version will be remained as a digital museum even after the physical Expo is ended.

The Shanghai Expo, with its theme of “Better City, Better Life,” will be held from May through October next year, with a total of more than 70 million people, half of them foreigners, expected to attend.

Hillary Clinton appeals for sponsorship for Shanghai World Expo U.S. pavilion

SHANGHAI, Nov. 16 (Xinhua) — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton paid a visit to 2010 Shanghai Expo site on Monday, when she appealed for sponsorship for the U.S. pavilion.

“I know there are some audience still contemplating sponsorship and maybe in negotiation with the U.S. pavilion team,” she said. “Now it’s the time to join this effort. We want to assemble the strongest team of partners possible.”

Clinton addressed the sponsors in front of the U.S. pavilion, which finished topping-off last month.

She extended her appreciation to sponsors including P&G, Honeywell, Intel and especially Boeing which agreed to double its contribution to 2 million U.S dollars.

“We were grateful for your generosity and steadfast belief in the importance of the expo, in American role here and what this U.S. pavilion can do to strengthen the cooperation and partnership between the American people and people of China,” Clinton said.

Jose H. Villarreal, U.S. Commissioner General of Section of the U.S. Exhibition to World Expo Shanghai 2010, said in September that the United States had raised about two thirds of its participation cost of 61 million dollars.

Clinton said she was looking forward to returning to Shanghai next summer to see for herself what the pavilion would look like and tour the magnificent grounds.