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With an expected attendance of 70 million visitors over the course of six months, the World Expo Shanghai 2010 is bracing itself for what is expected to be the largest World Expo ever. This edition focuses on responsible urban development, with the theme “Better City, Better Life,” and is located in the waterfront area on both sides of Shanghai’s Huangpu River.“Shanghai is safe and welcoming,” Bin Cheng Li, standing director of the Shanghai Tourism Association told TravelAge West during a press conference. “Our facilities here are among the best in the country, and our tourism industry will develop even more after the expo. The expo is only a highlight.”
The design of the Spain Pavilion is inspired by folk art.// © 2010 Bob Lang
World Expo Shanghai 2010862-196-2010www.expo2010.cnwww.expo.cnSingle-day admission ranges from about $22-$30. Evening admission is approximately $13. Multi-day tickets and group rates are also available. The expo runs through October.
Click here to read a Q&A with Nick Winslow, spokesperson for the Shanghai World Expo 2010’s U.S. Pavilion. Only OnlineScroll down to read about EVA Air travel packages.
Taiwan-based EVA Air has brought the Shanghai Tourism Association and Taipei Tourism Commission together to launch a collection of new Shanghai World Expo-themed tour packages from some of North America’s leading travel specialists. The packages were introduced at various Fun Taipei, Exciting Shanghai World Expo events in New York City and in Los Angeles County earlier this year.
“We have a strategic partnership with the Shanghai Municipal Tourism Administration to promote tourism to the region,” said James Jeng, president of EVA Airways, during a press conference held in Taipei last month.The commissioner of Taipei City Government’s Department of Information and Tourism, Chung-Hwa Tuo, also spoke at the press conference, which saw several North American tour operators and travel agents in attendance.
“On their way to Shanghai for the expo, we hope that tourists can enjoy all that Taipei has to offer,” said Tuo.
The following packages incorporate sightseeing in Taipei, expo tickets/tours in Shanghai and roundtrip airfare on EVA Air.AsiaLuxe HolidaysTour operator AsiaLuxe Holidays is offering a package that covers must-see stops in both Taipei and Shanghai. The five-night tour includes an expo ticket and a full-day tour of the international event as well as roundtrip airport transfers in a private car in both cities.
In Shanghai, guests will stay at the Swissotel Grand Shanghai and enjoy daily breakfast. They will get a day tour (lunch included) of Shanghai’s Yuyuan Gardens, the Bund and the Jade Buddha Temple. In Taipei, the Howard Plaza Hotel will host clients, offering daily breakfast before clients tour the city and the National Palace Museum.
Price: Priced from $1,780 per person, based on double occupancy
Commission: 10 percent
GlobotoursHangzhou and Shanghai, China, and Taiwan’s capital city of Taipei are the destinations featured on Globotours’ 10-day package. Clients will cruise on Hangzhou’s West Lake and visit a tea plantation for an introduction to the production of Chinese tea. In Taipei, they will visit the city’s most famous monument, the Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall, and tour the National Palace Museum. The package also includes hotel accommodations for eight nights, roundtrip airport/hotel transfers, a train ticket from Hangzhou to Shanghai, meals and sightseeing tours as specified in the itinerary, a ticket to the expo event in Shanghai for two days and all service charges and hotel taxes.
Price: Priced from $2,049 per person, based on double occupancy
Sita World ToursSita World Tours’ 14-day Discover Taiwan & China package promises first-class accommodations with private facilities; the services of a professional Sita tour manager and local, English speaking guides; baggage handling; and plenty of free time.
In Taipei, clients will stay at the famous Grand Hotel and visit the Taroko Gorge, the National Palace Museum and the Martyrs’ Shrine to watch the changing of the guards ceremony. In Beijing, the tour visits Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City and features an authentic Peking duck banquet on one night. The Terra-Cotta Warriors in Xian and a day at the Shanghai World Expo are other highlights of this comprehensive vacation.
Price: Priced from $3,290 per person, based on double occupancy
Commission: Starting at 12 percent