China goes large for World Expo

2010-05-01 09:26

China’s business and financial centre, Shanghai, is hosting the 2010 World Expo, which opened to massive crowds today. If you don’t know what the fuss is about, read on.

WHAT IS IT?: Organisers call it the Olympics of science, technology

and ideas. The main attractions are country pavilions where governments promote

their values, culture and achievements.

THEME: Each expo chooses a universal theme relevant to the future

of humanity. Shanghai will look at urbanisation with the theme “Better City,

Better Life”.

DURATION: Six months, May 1 to October 31.

PARTICIPATING COUNTRIES: 189

VISITORS: Up to 100?million are expected.

CHINESE VISITORS: 95% of visitors are expected to be Chinese.

BUDGET: Shanghai has spent 400?billion yuan ($58.6?billion) in

direct and indirect investments preparing for the expo which was, according to

state media, more than what was spent on the Beijing Olympics. But the Shanghai

government only confirms its budget for the site is 28.6?billion yuan.

TICKETS: 160 yuan ($23.50)

STATE VISITS: 20 world leaders were in Shanghai for the opening

ceremony, but about 100 are expected to visit throughout the expo.

SITE: 5.3 square kilometres, more than twice the size of

Monaco.

FREQUENCY: Expos have two categories: Large-scale “Universal

Expositions”, like the one in Shanghai, are held every five years, but smaller

“International Expositions” can take place in between. – Sapa-AFP



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