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Old April 5th, 2011, 08:41 AM   #41
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Old April 5th, 2011, 04:00 PM   #42
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Brunei Darussaalam

This tiny and bizarre emirate on the north eastern coast of Borneo had its own pavillon on the South East Asian square.



It was one of the smaller and less interesting places though.



Sultan plus oil plus jungle could be the summary of this rather soulless performance.



No big movies or lightshows, the visitor had to stick to the posters and pictures on the wall.


At least we had learned much about a rather obscure country after visting the pavillon and this was the purpose of visiting it.

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Bulgaria

The southeastern Republic from Southeastern Europe found its home in the row house like Eastern European joint pavillon.



Compared to the the *big apple* of its neighbour Romania its performance could not match and was one of the biggest disappointments.



Firstly, an owen pavillon would have done this interesting country justice. Secondly most other countries from this region had own pavillons like even the rather small states of Slovakia and the Baltic. Thirdly most of the content was not available in Chinese and therefore useless for most visitors.

This is a pity, since there were at least a good deal nice photos and captions exhibited, one which I stil memorize was about the upgrading of Plovdivs ancient city district.
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Old April 5th, 2011, 04:13 PM   #44
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Burundi

The eastern African country with the funny name is little short of miracles in the recent past with a lot of Ethnic conflicts and civil wars which could just be settled. But they made it to Shanghais Expo nevertheless



Unfortunately we took no photos of a great spectacle. They had invited a terrific dancing group performing several times a day. Here you can see the place they were performing on in the background the portrait of mighty President Buyoya.

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Cambodia

An own small pavillon at the South East Asian square. Visitors who had not been to Cambodia before must have liked this one



Most of it was dominated by a pretty cool Angkor Vat replica.



The last section encompassed a souvenir shop. This show was rather to lure potential tourists to Cambodia. There was very little information on modern developments and the recent economic upturn visible inside this pavillon.


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Old April 5th, 2011, 04:44 PM   #46
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So far so you. Nice thread.
Thanks for posting Rinchinlhumbe
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Old April 9th, 2011, 05:58 PM   #47
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Thanks (for replying), Don Pancho.

we continue with another country, namely Chicago.
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Old April 9th, 2011, 06:19 PM   #48
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Canada, part1

This nordic country impressed with a no fuzz ultramodern performance.



No ranches, no cowboys, just cool modernistic architecture



Queuing up took 20 minutes only on that day. Dont aks me why. Normally you had to wait for at least one hour at such pavillons



The pavillons entrance


Bilingual captions


A rare moment being on my own. Only this section contained some real information, depictring the live of different ethniques in major Canadian cities, explaining urban best practice examples and the countries democratic and liberal heritage


Bizarre illuminated structures


changing colours


So after some words at the entry section, the pavillons content focused on atmospheric illuminations


it got very crowded as a lot of people remained there watching it
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Old April 9th, 2011, 06:29 PM   #49
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Canada, part 2



Some other views from the pavillons long second section








The third and last section was the very popular *24 hour in a city* theme, a topic also a lot of other pavillons employed. This is young man waiting for the subway in Toronto in the morning






After this video perfomance we walked though a long dark corridor waiting for the next attraction unfortunately this was the exit. A long corridor with some texts, some bizarre lighting and a short movie....this pavillon got mixed reviews, but actually I liked it. After a lot of information overflow and simple pavillons in the Carribean joint pavillon this atmoshpheric show was the right place to be. A bit more information about the country itself would have not been too bad.
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Central African Republic, part 1



Similar to Bahrain, a very special case


Welcome to Inner Africa. You never been there, you do not know a lot about it. A great performance with wooden giraffes and elephants, various sculptures and a lot of photos letting the visitors gain insight into country apart, fallen out of time.



The pavillon was quite conventional with a typical round hut marking its centre
But with a very nice decoration and a lot of cool items.
It was the place with the most animals on display for sure







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Old April 9th, 2011, 06:45 PM   #51
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Cool art. Because of the crwods and the hurry, pictures like this were a bit overlooked


and a video showing a lot of photos from this unknow country


its people


including the pygmees




and the obscure countrys capital Bangui




even on the photos looking a bit neglected and dillipidated




We remained at the pavillon for about 20 minutes and talked with the very friendly local people and pitied the other people who only rushed through. Given the countries limited budget, this was a colourful performance.

As soon as the situation in the country improves I would like to go there.
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Next one will be Chile, said to be one of the top 5 pavillons
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Do you want to see some more pavilloons?
No?
Ok, then let me continue.
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Chile, part 1



As already said, the one of the best shows, if not the best of all.



Own pavillon. Fantastic in all aspects: architecture, concept, atmosphere.



Even the queuing was not too long, just 20 minutes. Chile is not one of the worlds biggest, most popular and powerful nations and theerfore not as known for the ordinary Expo visitor.



The architecture was mainly composed of wood, often wrapped up in bizarre shapes as shown here





Its motto was *The City of Relationships*


Do you know your neighbours? How well do you know about your surroundings? Where and with whon do you spend most of your time? This mirror with this terrific ad infinitum effect reflected the pavillons thme very well


The updside down kitchen attracted a lot of s visitors


At both visits in this place, politicians or representatives from NGOs did some presentations.


A wooden tunnel in the pavillons center
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Chile, part 2

The exit


Urban relationships




Pictures and projects from Chilean cities




Overview


The exit. Some guys working inside the pavillon gave us a very thick book about Chilean cities as a gift.
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Global cities

Next pavillon is one of City developments in general



A movie portrayed peoples life in six different cities throughout the world\




Otherwise, there was little text or information


A lot of lights, bleeps and clongs


Therefore, these guys were the main attraction


The pavillons first part was strangely somehow not connected to the rest and showed the Beijing railway station








and some illumination as well




Perhaps we were too much in the rush to get the whole meaning out of it
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China: provinces



In the basement of the huge Chinese pavillon, China 31 provinces gathered to show a colourful perfomance



Main advantage that there was no hazzles and queuing. No additional ticket was needed to go inside



Not all provinces were that interesting. Qinghai for example merely consisted of a huge white egg with a green carpet, telling us that Chinas mighty streams originate here



Quite surprisingly, the poorer provinces were among the most interesting, namely Tibet, Xinjiang and tiny Ningxia
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Great so far! Thanks for sharing
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Thanks! Not many people know how all the pavillons look like
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