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Old March 26th, 2011, 06:30 PM   #1
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Shanghai Expo from A to Z

I show you every country which exhibited at Shanghai last years Expo. Well, almost every country....


We start with A like Afghanistan.
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Old March 26th, 2011, 06:33 PM   #2
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Afghanistans motto was *The Heart of Asia*.
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Its exhibition could be visited in the Middle East joint pavillon next to Yemen and Bahrain pavillon.

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Like most other exhibitions in this joint pavillon, its appeal was rather *bazaar like*
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Old March 26th, 2011, 06:39 PM   #5
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btw since obviously the whole Chinese 1.3 bn population went to see the Expo please do not expect artistic high quality photos. It is rather the variety of ideas and the different cultures displayed in the numerous pavillons which count in this thread.



Next pavillon will be Albania
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Old March 26th, 2011, 07:24 PM   #6
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Albania had its pavillon in the row house like European joint pavillon.
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The lights were flashy, the video were impressive
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Old March 26th, 2011, 07:31 PM   #8
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Obviously Albania wanted to present itself as a modernist and trendy country, unfortunately information about the country itseld was limited. Like some other country pavillons it seemed *temporarily out of order*. In these cases the staff had left Shanghai and was later replaced by other.

Pitiful, as Albania is a very interesting country. The scarce information focused on investment opportunites and growing businesses like tourism.
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The European joint pavillon from the outside on a rainy day, Albania is the third from left to right


Next pavillon is going to be Algeria. The first real highlight...
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How about putting multiple photos in 1 post?
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Old March 27th, 2011, 07:42 AM   #11
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How about putting multiple photos in 1 post?
Already thought about that. Nevertheless, in some pavillons I will have to put them in multiple posts to avoid this *too many pic on one page* thing.
The more reacts this thread gets, the more clearly arranmged it gets...
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Old March 27th, 2011, 07:58 AM   #12
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Algeria had its onw joint pavillon opposie of the Afican joint.


As the country has no *unique selling proposition* to offer to an ordinary Chinese from the countryside (Egypt has its pyramids, South Africa its football event), the pavillon weas less crowded than others, which means the average population density inside was not significantly above the level from Woodstock 1969.
At the entrance there was a short intriduction to the country showing the countries basic facts.


The pavillons motto was *Kasbah* and given this, they used the space very intelligently. No huge warehouse atmosphere but a labyrinth consisting of small and winding lanes. Main theme was the renovation and infrastructure upgrade of the overpopulated and slightly dillipidated ancient district in Algier (another alternative would have been to tear it down and replace it by appartment blocks but then Algier would have lost its main attraction)



At the corridors sides there were some *shops* or small cafes explaining the life in the Kasbah


The architecture was typical for Algiers Kasbah with Islamic ornaments.


Another feature were some nice photographs from Constantine city


High Atlas mountains


and of course the Sahara desert which comprises the main part of the country



Upstairs, another highlight, a video animation showing a 24 hour ordinary day in Algiers




plus some futuristic animation about ongoing construction projects


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Angola.

another proud own pavillon just located next to Algerias and the Afican joint respectively. Distinctive architecture from the outisde.



focus on regionalk information in the inside




A dancing perfomance was the main attraction. Unfortunately the place was geting too crowded to make some good photographs. Thats a picture just after it had ended.
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Argentinia.

Not much queuing but no real highlights. Visiting it was quickly done.




The best thing about it was the fantastic restaurant adjacent.
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Armenia



Not the most popular pavillon but interresting though, especially when you take a closer look on it.



Ive been talking to the staff for about half an hour about Armenia, China and the world. Very interesting.


A huge model of a world city project overshadowed by mighty Ararat mountain was its main feature.


The Armenians want to build a model city of all worlds major architecture styles embedded into a free trade zone like area when I have understood correctly. Unfortunately a lack of investors prevents them to do so.

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So far very nice photos; i will wait to see more
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thanks. next country is going to be Azerbaijian
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Azerbaijan



A typical *(post) socialist* pavillon covering a lot of information about recent developments and projects.


The whole exhibition arounded these windows showing what is currently going on this emirate at the Caspian sea.


Very much information but its nieghbour country Armenia was a bit more creative.


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Australia is the next one

I forgot to add Austria, it will be shown later at E

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Australia



A huge dusty & rusty red, rounded structure on the edge of the South Asian zone...and a huge public toilet complex.
Well, Australia was surely a highlight and can be roughly divided into 2 areas


First one documented the countrys young history from the Europeans landing near what today is known as Sydney in 1788.



Second was a 3D perfomance show, strongly linked to the Expos motto *better, city, better life* with 3 children of 3 different nationalities growing up in a globalized world.



The whole pavillon was rather aimed at children but was although nice and charming to visit for adults. There was not much queuing as the staff was typically Aussie like relaxed and let a lot of people go inside simultaneously. On the donwside it became quite crowded and pushy inside.
In the evening the pavillon outside area became a huge open air arena with various live bands performing.
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