“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 sections–culture,
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
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
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 mascot’s 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".
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
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
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?