After the curtain of the Beijing Olympic Games falls down, we can expect the other big event in China – the Shanghai World Expo in 2010. This time, the hosting city changes to Shanghai, the city I am living in. I am very excited about the Expo, and looking forward to a great time during World Expo in Shanghai.
The World Expo Site
Unlike the Beijing Olympic, which is still 1400 km away from my home, the Shanghai World Expo site is pretty close to where I am living – it is just about 3 km away. Everyday when I drive to work and home, I will see the construction of the site on the west side of the Nanpu Bridge. In 2010, I am looking forward to walk to the Expo site to enjoy the exihition there. Here is the area of the Expo site on Google Earth:
You can see the area between the two bridges are almost wiped out to blank. That is exactly where the Expo will be held. Their website provides much more information about the site.
Something Exciting About the Expo
I don’t know too much about the Expo itself yet, but as a local resident, I am excited because of several facts:
- With the hard deadline of 2010, the city construction speeded up greatly. Many metro lines are under construnction and will start to operate before 2010, including the Jinxiu Road Station of Metro Line #7 at the entrance of my residential area.
- The Expo Site is IN the city. Unlike most other events in which the site is far from the city, aiming to create a new satelite city, the Shanghai Expo site is planned in the downtown area of the city – just beside the Huangpu River. It is already turning the land into another Lujiazui financial center.
Time for the Expo
It has been decided the Expo will start from May 1, 2010, to Oct 31, 2010. At that time, my Yifan is already 3 year old, and will be able to attend the Expo with me and Wendy. I am happy for him because he can start to tough the “world” when he is still very young.
According to the Shanghai Expo official website, there are 617 days to go from today to the opening of the Expo. BTW, will there be an opening ceremony for it? I don’t remember so for the past expo.
The Site Today
I drove the area the other day. Although from the top of the Nanpu Bridge, you already see many high raised buildings still not finished for the Expo, driving on the road in that area is like driving into a village – there are construction sites everywhere, and the roads are generally narrow, and most of the narrow roads are dead ended. The land is just “as it is” these days before the massive construction starts.
Driving on the road is not the best way to see the expo site. It is closed, and not open. Sometimes I used the holes on gates or walls to look inside the site, but most of the time, I just see empty land. The expo site posted some great photo.
Image in courtesy of Shanghai Expo 2010 site
Image in courtesy of Shanghai Expo 2010 site
In the next two years, I will be consistently update about the status of the Shanghai World Expo 2010 on this blog. I am trying to share with you the photo I take by myself, things I heard and feel about the Expo, and its impact to me and people around me. Hopefully, it is as successful as the Olympic Games in Beijing. Let me know if you want me to be your eyes and ears in this city. Remember, my home is just 3 km away from the site.
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I live in Vancouver, my home town was once the host city of Expo in 1986. You can expect a whole lot of fun, is a continues party happening for the whole duration. The whole world is being brought to your own back yard for you to explore. There are things to do for any age group and your son in 2010 will be old enough to enjoy as well.
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The top of Lupu bridge gives you a good view too (http://www.shanghaiclimb.com/ ) – 60 or 80 RMB to go up though – don’t recall exactly how much.
Nice to meet this website, I know you from Culture Matters on ICS. There are many useful things on your Blog, thank you for your information.By the way, I am also a Shanghai resident with the same expectation for 2010 world Expo. Hope to visit you at that time and enjoy the whole world happiness in 2010 World Expo.
It’s nice to see that you’re writing about Expo 2010 Shanghai and showing us some images. I’m writing a blog about the participation of Mexico (currently only in Spanish, but hopefully soon in Chinese and English).
I would like to ask you if you know what will be built south of the zone C of the Expo site, that is south of where the countries from the American continent will have their pavilions.
I’ll be following your blog from now on.
I’m really not that dumb, but havent been able to find a real solid answer anywhere…what I’ve been wondering for awhile now is what exactly does one do at the World Expo, I mean just a normal citizen, if I buy tickets and go there with the wife and kids, what exactly do we do?