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Brief intro to World Expo 2010 Shanghai China

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Brief intro to World Expo 2010 Shanghai China

    Better city, better life. Brief introduction to the 2010 World EXPO in Shanghai, China

    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 civilization, China favors international exchange and loves world peace. China

    owes its successful bid for the World Exposition in 2010 to the international community’s support

    and confidence in its policy of reforming 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.

     The China Pavilion

    The main structure of the China Pavilion, "The Crown of the East," has a distinctive roof, made

    of traditional dougong or brackets, which date back more than 2,000 years. The dougong style

    features wooden brackets fixed layer upon layer between the top of a column and a crossbeam.

    This unique structural component of interlocking wooden brackets is one of the most important

    elements in Chinese traditional architecture. Dougong was widely used in the Spring and Autumn

    Period in history.

    The USA Pavilion The USA Pavilion at Shanghai EXPO will present a dynamic, emotional story that reflects

    powerful core values shared by both the Chinese and American people sustainability, teamwork,

    health, and the fundamental belief that America is a place of opportunity where those who seek to

    change the world for the better will always thrive and prosper.

    The Republic of Korea Pavilion

    The three-story Republic of Korea Pavilion is composed of 20 basic letters of the ROK alphabet.

    The pavilion showcases blueprints of future cities along with the country's most advanced

    technology and traditional culture. ROK's 2010 exhibition features a theme on "Friendly City,

    Colorful Life." The main exhibition area on the second floor is divided into four sectionsculture,

    technology, humanity and nature, where visitors will experience the current and future urban life

    of the country

     The France Pavilion

The "Sensual City" itself is impressive with a large, classical roof garden and a pond. The walls

    of the square-shaped structure, which is made from a special concrete, are covered in plants and it

    looks like a white floating palace. Gardens are the centerpiece of the pavilion. The "Sensual City"

    showcases show the sights, smells, tastes, sounds and feel of France - visitors will be able to

    admire French gardens and paintings, smell French perfume, taste French cuisine, touch the cool

    water of pools and fountains, and watch clips from classic French films to soak up the glamour of

    France.

     Mascot

    Mascot, as the representative of the host country, is a symbol of national

    culture. It at all levels reflects the historical development, cultural values, ideology, and

    social background.

     The name of the 2010 Shanghai World EXPO mascot is "Hai Bao". Hai means the

    sea in Chinese. Hai Bao represents water with a cluster of wavy hair, lively and

    personality. Hai also stands for Shanghai, the mascots original birthplace. This cartoon

    design, full of affinity, is friendly and lovely. Its big round eyes is full of expectations for the

    future. Thumbs-up means the world's praise. Blue skin shows tolerance and imagination,

    also a symbol of hope potential of development in China. All the characteristics show the

    concept of the EXPO--"understanding, communication, and cooperation".

Questions:

    1. What is your understanding of “Better city, better life”?

    2. How much do you know about the 2010 World EXPO mascot? 3. Can you tell some differences between the China Pavilion and

    The USA Pavilion?

    4. Do you plan to go to the EXPO in the summer vacation? What’s

    your feeling about it if you have gone to?

    5. What influences will the EXPO bring to China? 6. Do you know the history of EXPO?

    7. What do you think of the firework performance in the EXPO

    opening ceremony? Is it luxurious?

    8. Which pavilion is the most popular one?

    9. Who do you prefer as South Korea's ambassador, Li3Zhun3Ji1 or

    Zhang1Na4La1?

    10. Will natural disasters happened recently affect EXPO? 11. Is there any danger due to numerous visitors during EXPO time? 12. Would you like to visit EXPO with the travel agency or by

    yourself?

    13. To be a good volunteer, what qualifications are necessary? 14. Do you like the France Pavilion? Why?

    15. Which country do you like best?

    16. What can you learn from the EXPO?

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