Shanghai Prepares for the 2010 World Expo

Next year’s edition is expected to attract the largest number of visitors and participants yet

By: By Lisette Mejia

Chinese workers work on the horn-shaped 'Sunny Valley' building which lines Expo Boulevard at the World Expo site in Shanghai // (c) 2009

Chinese workers work on the horn-shaped
"Sunny Valley" building which lines Expo Boulevard at the World Expo site in Shanghai

While Beijing basked in the glory of hosting the 2008 Summer Olympic Games, another city in China is gearing up for the same type of global recognition. From May 1 to Oct. 31, 2010, Shanghai will host the 2010 World Expo, an event that is expected to attract more than 70 million attendees.

The 2010 World Expo theme is “Better City, Better Living,” and according to the Expo’s official site, the theme represents the “common wish of all humankind for better living in future urban environments.” Through sub-themes such as urban economic prosperity and cultural diversity, the exposition aims to unite all nations by providing educational and entertaining platforms regarding the concern for future policy making, urban strategies and sustainable development.

Such notions of global progress can be found in the ongoing preparations for the event. One of the exposition’s main pavilions, the Theme Pavilion, will be filled to the brim with a diverse collection of plants, making it largest ecological wall display in the world, according to the exposition’s Web site. Among its other notable designs is a rooftop, which is able to generate enough electricity to reduce carbon dioxide discharges by 2,800 tons. This eco-friendly innovation, according the Expo’s Web site, will be the largest rooftop in the world with a solar energy system.

In addition to an environmental and ecological focus, the exposition will be the first registered World Expo in a developing country, signifying the importance of China’s future development. Another first for the 2010 Expo is extended online representation, called Expo Shanghai Online, the virtual counterpart to the exposition, with 3-D exhibits, events and interactions connecting visitors with organizers and other participants.

Individual tickets are also on sale on the Expo’s Web site, including different types of tickets, such as standard day tickets, seven-day tickets and evening admission.

The 2010 World Expo in Shanghai, China