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Old March 28th, 2011, 07:11 PM   #21
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Bahamas

Located in the Caribbean joint pavillon under a big white balloon. Some nicely coloured facades beneath.

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wow, can't believe your doing every single pavilion! I've always wanted to see what each one looked like (never got the opportunity to visit). thanks for these!
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Old March 30th, 2011, 02:02 PM   #23
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wow, can't believe your doing every single pavilion! I've always wanted to see what each one looked like (never got the opportunity to visit). thanks for these!
Well I did not see all pavillons due to reasons I will explain later....
It took me 12 visits to do this...in the end I mostly went on my own, as nobody was crayz enough to join me. But with some valerian in your veins and some anger management skills you can survive this.

Now its time for the next one, namely Bahrain
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Bahrain

Not very surprisingly, Bahrain found its home in the Middle East pavillon of Shanghais Expo.


To cut a long story short: it was the highlight of this joint pavillon


Hows it going?


Bahrain won because of its cool and modernist design


No crowded bazaar, no scruffy storage room


The design and some creative ideas disguised the quite ordinary content
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Old March 30th, 2011, 02:14 PM   #25
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Artefacts


But there was one real highlight: a fast moving video animation displaying the countrys history


Starting from the antique ages...


3 more random pics






Sorry for uploading this loads of pictures, Bahrain was a special case...
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Bangladesh



Located in the row house like East/South Asian joint pavillon next to Kyrgyztan and opposite to Mongolia this performance did not exactly meet the expectations.

A rather empty hall with some posters on the wall...not much more. They could have done better. Some captions dealt with Bangladeshs economic success of recent years. The country managed to attract global textile manufacturers to shift their production to the Earths most densely populated country on the Ganges river.



But topics like social conditions for factory workers and sustainable development were not touched despite the Expos motto. The digital Bangldesh 2020 poster had to satisfy its function...
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Barbados

A beach bar in the Caribbean joint pavillon. We did not spend much of the time looking around as we found the staff was very friendly and talkative. We left the pavillon with some gifts like rhum, chutney, pepper sauce as well as some recipes for Barbados (Barbadian?) food.
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Old April 3rd, 2011, 03:33 PM   #28
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Belgium and EU

Belgium shared its pavillon with the EU.


It centrepiece was a giant pink heart.



You could enter this heart through the arterys.



The arterys gave way to the giant exhibition hall.



The hall featured great ideas like the smurfs and chocolatiers on display.



Look across the hall towards EU



The only pavillon which featured a map showing the main attractions



The exhibition hall gave way to a dark mansion with some video animation


A dark dresse man was showing Belgiums main attractions to the audience. This is the racing track in Spa Longchamps.



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The EU part focused firstly on its hirstory since WW2


Some video animation showing famous sights from Europe


And finally a lot of enviromental topics




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Next one is going to be Belize.
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Belize

The tiny cute country at the Caribbean. You meet their president at the beach wearing espandrillos. The countrys capital is a village of 8000 inhabitants. They have ancient Maya ruins hidden in the almost inaccessiblevirgin jungle. Their EXPO pavillon is slightly less spectacular.



A lot of shopping...

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Nextoneisgoingtobebenin
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Benin

African joint pavillon. The Bennys were a bit late this time. during our first visit their stand was empty.
Second time we were lucky


The president says hello. Benin is oe of Africas few functioning democracies.


Like most other subsaharan countries the pavillons layout was museum like with sculptures, masks and paintings.
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Next one is going to be Bjelorus, Bjelorussia, White Russia, etc.
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Belorus

The had an own pavillon. A temple like portal...


surrounded by childrens drawing gave way to the interior


It was the only place except the North Korean where you could see mass processions.


Their president is a f****** bastard indeed, but the pavillon was not bad at all. The big round somehow created a relaxing atmosphere although the rather obscure country did not really draw a lot of visitors. Most Chinese quickly rushed through it.
We took a closer look at its captions and liked it although it was no real highlight

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Bolivia is going to be the next one
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Bolivia

Bolivia had the best pavillon in joint Latin American pavillon


It was also the biggest by far with its size almost equal to some smaller independent pavillons.


Bolivia (Newton John) gave a good and complete overview about the countrys natural resources and culture.


Its space was used very intellligently with a lot of winding corridors.
*Central meeting point* was the blueish video animation in the middle of the pavillon.


Some locals were around as well



This moon like landscape was a wallpaper displaying the silver mine in Potosi
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Bosnia Hercegovina

This one was a very special case.


Shanghai had invented the motto *Better city, better life* for the 2010 motto. As you can tell by looking at the exterieur, BoH outside appearance could easily match with the Expos motto

These childrens drawings underlined that children are the most importasnt resource to invest in the future. Things changed when we walked in side (yes, we walked, we did not have to wait!)

The first thing we saw was a train model showing a war destructed landscape. Bosnia Hercegovina was the setting of a long bloodshed between different ehtniques in the 1990s. Not the best point to start from.



But things became more clear when we took a closer look. The battlefield did not refer to the 1990s but tro World War 2. For me as a native German it was quite confusing to see brutal Nazi soldiers and childrens drawings in the same pavillon at the same time.



Later we found out that a famous Chinese war movie was done in Bosnia. For every Chinese from Harbin to Hongkong Bosnia is known for traditional popular war movies. Something like the unique selling propositionj of the country.



The rest of the pavillon was luckily about other topics, there was also a souvenirshop, a snack bar and some friendly locals around making this spot a decent affiar.
The exhibtron was a bit bland though (lots of empty shelves) and some parts of the pavillon really looked worn and aged.
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Botswana

One of Africas wealthiest nations, the diamant exporting country hat not much to offer in the African joint pavillon.


A giant map was the main draw revealing that there were still a lot of empty spaces in the countries vast interiror. Same applied to its Expo pavillon.
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Brazil



They did a much better job than their neighbours from Argentinia but overall it was not up to par with Mexico



After walking through a tunnel, we entered midsized own pavillon with 2 huge exhibition halls.



Brazil is wellknown for good soccer in China, therefore it was easy for the Latinamericans to meet expectations.



As most other big shows, the Brazilians had a lot of lumination in their place.



The whole place was overcrowded with people. We were unlucky enough to visit this pavillon on the day when Shanghais Expo reorded the most visitors: 1.1 million mainly Chinese people came to elbow their counterparts on that day.



There were few captions and texts about the country, most impression was created by pictures and luminations. The focus lay on the countries vast natural resources. For decent information about Brazilian cities the Sao Paulo pavillon in the urban section was a better deal.

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