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Old April 13th, 2012, 11:20 PM   #241
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San Marino



San Marino is the name of a small enclave totally surrounded by Italy. This tiny country combines two extremes: it is the worlds oldest and smallest republic. Founded by Christian monks in the 4th century when this religion just started to settle across Europe it soon settled all disputes with its gigantic brother Italy which in turn assured protection to the Sanmarinians.



Something bizarre happened in the 19th century as Italy offered San Marino some patches of land for free to enable San Marino access to the sea. But the San Marineans rejected and the city of Rimini remained a part of Italy.



And even more bizarre: it is probably the only democratic parlimentary state where communists won the religion. So San Marino was a communist state for a couple of years - but through free and fair elections.
There was a lot of information about San Marinos 1700 years history to be seen. A second part covered the countrys economic potential and gave brief information to interested investors. A classic Expo approach like it was common a 100 years ago.

Like other smaller European countries this rowhouse pavillon had a very good "queuing time vs. value" ratio.
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Old April 13th, 2012, 11:40 PM   #242
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SAUDI - ARABIA

To cut a long story short: this pavillon contained the worlds largest 4D cinema and was consequently the Chinese favourite attraction at the whole Expo.
But for me, its most spectacular attraction were the queuing times with up to 9 hours.



During daytime it was totally impossible to enter. There were a lot of legends and rumours the Expos best kept secret. In the morning, thousands of people were already queuing at the entrance gate in order to be first in the Saudis flying saucer. People ran across the whole Expo area as fast as they could and finally arrived exhausted. Legend has it that this building originally was to be destroyed after the Expo was over but its overwhelming success convinced both the Saudis to donate ot to the Shanghainese.

I tried to queue up late in the evening when most of the visitors were gone. This was a clever strategy to easily get inside the Russian, Japanese or Spanish pavillon..but no chance for the Saud dream machine which was a class of its own. The security soon made clear that there was not even the lightest ray of hope to enter. But I assume the queuing times announced by the loudspeakers, (always in the range between 5 and 9 hours) were highly exaggerated in order to deter the visitors.



What about the interior? Well, I already said I didnt see it but some of the chosen few siad that people could wander up a spiral walkway to the pavillons top. It was a huge building, over 20 meters high and the whole room was part of the movie shown, regardless of where you were standing. So you could hike through the desert, ride on camels drink some alcohol, talk to some women or wander up into the clouds. On the top there was a rooftop garden with a lot of palms and other typical Saudi Arabian vegetation (is there anything except palms and sand?)

Some very disrespectful voices dared to utter their fatuities. They said that there was not much to see accept this movie, the roofgarden and a souvenir shop. This may sound a bit jealous but please keep in mind that queueing up for 5plus hours means spending the half of your daily visiting time at the Expo - waiting.
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Old April 13th, 2012, 11:53 PM   #243
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Serbia



This small but single pavillon used the standardized boxy designed and added some colourful "lego" - like ornaments on it.
Quite surprisingly, it was located between Spain and Monaco



Like a few other Europeans, the Serbs opted for the quirky "one sight only" approach. There were a lot of small photos and neon signs near the entrance giving a good overview but the rest was all about one single topic - time!



It was the Serbs who invented the most precise clock and time was also their pavillons motto.



This was a bit abstract though and difficult to understand for the Chinese who expected more country related facts. At least people could learn some of the countrys history by witnessing a time lapse projected against the wall.



The pavillon was surprisingly empty and the atmosphere very chilling and relaxing, including some friendly staff..
Intelligent idea, nice atmosphere. We left it in a good mood.

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Old April 13th, 2012, 11:59 PM   #244
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Seychelles

no photos from this, as there was nothing interesting to see except the usual artefacts and photos plus a fake coral rock.
There was a nice lady we chatted with. She gave me a thick and very valent looking book as a gift which covered everything which is to know about the Seychelles, from touristy beaches over culinary finesses to wildlife attractions such as coco de mer or the worlds hugest giant turtles
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Old April 14th, 2012, 12:19 AM   #245
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Singapore



Its outside architecture reminded a bit of the Saudis idea: a white bowl with a garden on top. Even the queuing time during the day was quite challenging which can be attributed to the countrys popularity in China. As most of you know, there is a large Chinese minority living in China



Waiting time was reduced by a lot of geographic information (numbers, facts and figures, figures, figures!) being portrayed on the wall.



This photo collage has the outline of Singapores territory.



On the ground floor there were several exhibits showing the different ethnics clothing styles.



And a lot of opportunities for interactive involvement. I do not remember exactly what this was for



In the recent decades, Singapore has become famous because of it logisitcs, its very unique "one-party"-democracy political system and also some car races.



While looking at the exhibits, the ground floor was teeming with a lof tiny photos "rushing around".



then it was time to go up where a famous Singaporean band was playing.



The Chinese all seemed to know and love this band, my impression was rather kind of "not one of my kind" like. It was forbidden to take any photos on the second floor, but me as a criminal element, could not resist and took this one:



Very dangerous surroundings, I am living on the edge from now on. So please do not betray me.

Finally the garden on top was the main attraction but when visiting the pavillon it was closed due to heavy rain. Done
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Old April 14th, 2012, 12:38 AM   #246
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Sierra Leone



A warstrucken place just a decade ago this African country has managed to recover quite well from a long bloodshed and now has free and fair elections. The countrys natural wealth is based on the export of diamonds and it is no wonder that Sierra Leone, the "lion range" was also the setting for the Hollywood block buster "Blood Diamonds" several years ago (although the movie was done in Mocambique and South Africa). Indeed the contrabrand trade with diaomnds also helped to prolong the bloody civil war in neighbouring Liberia in the 1990s as well - the diamonds were just traded in for weapons.

Now that children soldiers return back to school and landmines are removed enabling famers to get back to work on their fields, the country tries to utilize its economic potential. Sierra Leone is a green and fertile place with a lot of arable land.



Besides highlighting the economic potential, also some models of the countrys landscapes were exhibited.



And the usual collection of photos was added on top.

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Liberia

Two photos from the adjacent Liberia pavillon. I forgot to add this at "L"



The whole show mainly consisted of some ancient masks and some information about ongoing development projects.



Everything looked a bit improvized.
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nice updates from the Shanghai Expo...thanks for the pics.
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Old April 15th, 2012, 05:55 AM   #249
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Thanks for share all that photos and descriptions! Not far from the ending Z now, haha


In fact, after almost 2 years im very curious about the phisical legacy of the Shibohui in Shanghai, if there is some besides the ex-Cultural Centre.

What is planned to happens in the Expo area? Something relationed with the infrastructure build for the event?


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Old April 18th, 2012, 10:09 PM   #250
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Thanks for share all that photos and descriptions! Not far from the ending Z now, haha


In fact, after almost 2 years im very curious about the phisical legacy of the Shibohui in Shanghai, if there is some besides the ex-Cultural Centre.

What is planned to happens in the Expo area? Something relationed with the infrastructure build for the event?:
Thats a good question indeed. I crossed there several times by bus on the way to the airport. You have a fine view from the Nanxun bridge. Some pavillons (Germany, Poland, Spain) just got torn down and the exhibits were shipped back to where they originally came from.
Others like the Saudi and naturally China will stay in operation after the Expo. Quite bizarre, I did not notice anybody walking around when crossing the bridge, the whole area look deserted.
It is quite difficult to keep things going after the Expo is over especially when considering that we talk about a 6 sqkm area.
Hannover in Germany had a similar experience 12 years ago and most of the buildings are now in constant decay. Also Shanghai will have to deal with these challenges, especially, as some of the buildings will remain intact while others are torn down. I heard rumours that the city government plans to fill the gaps with parks and appartment blocks.

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Old April 18th, 2012, 10:12 PM   #251
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Senegal

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Slovakia



It was an own pavillon, but not too spectacular. The outside a huge painted shoe box, the inside a hall with a black-white spiral structure on the floor



Pictures were projected against the wall showing the countries rustic beauty and medieval towns.



The old furniture, the clothes and some pictures were among the most popular attractions. People could stand right behind the costumes and take photos from them. Chinese love that.



The whole show had sort of an "old-world" appeal. Ancient costumes, old portraits, wooden furniture. Quite unique.



There was also a tiny bit of information how these old traditions are kept namely by putting them on the UNESCO world heritage list.



There was little information of what is recently happening in this country. Maybe the Slovaks just left it at this basic introduction as Slovakia is one of the more obscure countries in Europe. Within its CSSR past this part of the country was rather influenced by Russia whereas the Czechs looked to the West.
Until 1993 it formed the CSSR together with their Czech neighbours and people often confuse it with Slovenia. But there would have been a lot of things to tell. First ruled by the pro-communist Meciar government Slovakia experienced an economic miracle in the 2000s, which was also enhanced by its EU entry in 2004. Nowadays it is the country with the highest ratio of cars being produced compared to the number of inhabitants.
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Slovenia



One of the small ones, some decent lighting presenting a general overlook over the country. A lot of text and information and only few pictures. It was a place urging the visitors to stop and take his time.



All in all there was no real execatcher and therefore relatively few queuing.



Like the similar sounding Slovakia also Slovenia can be regarded as an Eastern European success story. No former communist country in this region has managed to introduce capitalism and democracy as quick and efficient as Slovenia. A tiny place, just the size of Maryland, accommodating just 2 million people. The scenery and culture is varied though, from the dramatic scenery of the Julian Alps to the subtropic shore of the Mediterranean. And the food is yummy.
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Solomon Islands



Dont know how I managed to take six pohots fomr this.



So there will be a lot of pictures and few words



I remember some nice paintings and a friendly local.



This country is a bit bigger than most exhibiting in the Pacific joint pavillon. It is comprised of several hundreds of islands covered with jungle forest, which were formerly known as the New Hebrids when they were under British reign.



In the Second World War it became a major battleground between Japanese and Allied Forces in the battle of Guadalcanal.

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Somalia



20 years of civil wars, a fair number of failed peace treaties and a confusing number of chaotic and never ending armed conflicts between different clans. Somalia is the worlds saddest current example of a failed state and a place even the most adventorous should avoid while travelling. This did not keep the Somalis from coming to Shanghais Expo and this bare fact alone was amazing.



In my opinion after Mauritania, they had the second best booth in the African joint pavillon giving a very good overview about everything which is to about the country: history, culture, nature, food, people, language. Also the less glorious past was mentioned.

Maybe some Somalis living abroad (in China?) put this pavillon together. Its design was nice and kept in blue colours. Again: thanks for this contribution, Somalia.
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South Africa



As you can see, South Africa is enough to ramp up an own pavillon.



Because of the football world championships this was surely the most crowded African pavillon but not as good as the Algerian or even Libyan.



Not very surprising, football was its motto.



Despite some good photo and fine arts no real eyecatcher inviting to stay longer.



Especially the partition did not convince me: a rather empty huge hall with no walls or others structures dividing the space.

So lets have a look on the aforementioned pieces of art. This for the most "fotogenic" shown in any African pavillon.



But all in all, this whole thing did not really convince me. Quite interesting, a huge portrait of Nelson Mandela was shown on the pavillons facade but inside not much about him and nothing about the Apartheid conflict dominating the 20th century history of South Africa was mentioned.



No serious topics, please! Fine arts and gourgeos photos of wildlife and virgin landscpaes created the impression of a tourist promotion. Since the world football championships have put South Africa on the map of many Chinese, these pictures might motivate some rich Shanghainese to include South Africa on their next 10day-world trip.
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Such a great job, thanks for sharing. Your appreciations are very very informative and I love to see how countries want to be seemed
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South Korea, part 1.

After having gone through this, please have a look on North Koreas contribution and compare.
Indeed, the South Korean pavillon seemed to have come from another planet, neither in a positive nor in a negative way. It was just - different.



The exterior architecture was gourgeous, besides the Austrian one of the best of the whole Expo.



Countless flashy coloured building bricks inscribed with Korean hyroglyphs - just great to see and photograph. And thats what we did...!



Of course, seeing the inside was not so easy, at least not as queueing up but like at the Italian pavillon we invented a bizarre story and managed to enter.

Some Arabs at the UAE pavillon had recommended us to watch an event in the South Korean pavillon. They had given us a ticket to enter the VIP area as a reference and said that the show was already over today but we should try again next time we visited. We rushed to the entrance and asked to get inside. As we have had learned that we were just ten minutes too late (which was actually no surprise) we acted very sad and told the South Korean staff that we were poor tourists and had to leave Shanghai on the next day. That was a lie and maybe the whole story was a snatch and nothing to be proud of but it worked out and the South Koreans opened the VIP entrance for us.



Down, we saw thousands of jealous visitors queuing up. Now it was time to see waht South Koreas interior has to offer.
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South Korea, part 2

The interieur featured a lot of light effects, animations, bleeps and clongs with focus on interactive animation. There were only a few pavillons where the visitors were so actively involved. Maybe the South Korean know better how to attract the Chinese as Danish or the South Africans do.



So what were we doing during our odd 40 minute visit in South Korea?



We were cooking South Korean food on a video screen disguised as a stove.



Later we were swimming through the deep sea as fish. Why not, there are at least worse things to do.



Another game featured interactively "flying" birds on a tree or taking part in the dailys villagers life by directing animated people over a video screen.

Later also a movie was shown as the main attraction in a big cinema (photgraphing not allowed!). The movie was nothing to write home about though, quite "kitschy" and I did not even get the real message. Something like a young boy being lost and desperate in a huge metropolis before later meeting a nice girl and spending some time with her. It was animated in flashy Manga style but its outline was just a normal love story.



In the pavillon, there was no focus on educating the visitors but on entertaining them and this contributed to its popularity. State-of-the-art innovations were introduced through games and not brash propaganda.
All in all South Korea thus managed to present itself as a modern and developed nation in a pleasant and sympathetic way. Compared with other Asian countries, its appearance was as competent as Japans contribution to the Expo.
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Spain, part 1

BANG!!! A very posh performance and its woolhair exterieur was an attraction in its own right luring a lot of people into one of the most spectacular pavillons.

I just scanned my whole drive and did not find any photos from its exterior, damn. Well its shape was nothing special but its "cladding", as mentioned before, was made up of woolhair. I wonder how thex managed to keep this on the facade despite heavy thunderstorms and 40 degrees C heat

Spain made it big with spectacular video animations and hot tango dancing. Few words, many effects. And the Expos biggest surpirse could be found near the pavillons exit. But lets start at the beginning.



The whole show consisted of three parts. First, a long corridor with an endless videoscreen.



In between, a woman dancing flamenco.



It must be an exhausting job to do this performance every 5 minutes. I wondered if they have several dancers and waited but a few minutes later the same woman appeared again.



She must have an outstanding condition and do at least shift work with other dancers.



As with the first room, there was no real information about the country in the second room. Just loads of pictures projected against the walls.



The first hall seemd to reflects Spains past and traditions whereas this one took a more "modern" and "up-to-date" approach.



All this was fascinating and interesting to watch although some people complained about the total lack of information.

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