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Old May 2nd, 2011, 12:59 PM   #61
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Thx, mates. Quite surprised by this avalanche of reacts. Acutally this thread supposed to be a North Korean affair.

But before we get politcal, please see the Expos biggest and most mighty pavillon, dwarfing anything else in size and importance.

Yes, it is the Chinese pavillon.
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Old May 2nd, 2011, 01:24 PM   #62
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China, part 1: the outside




Some comments aforehand. The Chinese pavillon was placed in the centre of the Expo. The big red structure was only about the Peoples Republic of China. Taiwan, Hongkong and Macao got their own exhibitions, but were situated just next to the PRC.





Whereas all other buildings got height restrictions, the sky was limit for the Chinese. It measured 60 meters in height.





The impressive dimensions were to underline the nations resurrection, as a leading player on the global stage, however there could have been more subtle and intelligent measures to show off power.





Anyway, the up side town temples outlook was both as eerie as impressive. While other pavillons got torn down after the Expo was finished, this structure was built to resist as a landmark for Shanghai.





It may sound amusing, but the most chilling factor was its colour, a dark and powerful RED
The pavillons concept combined both traditional and modern elements, attributed to the countrys 5000 year history. The building resembles a traditional temple turned upside down and being constructed without the usage of nails.





But there are even limits to China. Access to the pavillon was strictly controlled to keep the queus short. Another ticket had to be bought, to gain insight into this magical realm.





There was a lot of security and police around, guiding you to the right direction. It doesnt bear thinking about what would happne when getting lost at the Shanghai EXPO!!! Getting lost in the Libyan desert nowadays appears paradise compared to this worst case scenario!
The promise of no queues, which was the compromise on having to buy another ticket, could not be kept, though. We were waiting for 45 minutes to enter the huge sized elevators. This is a view from above near the exhibitions entrance.



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Old May 2nd, 2011, 02:01 PM   #63
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China, part 2, the interior

So, how does it look from the inside?

Even a lot of EXPOmanicas, who dared to visit this fantasmagoric hypersuperspectacle several times (the other catergory was fed up after visting once because of the crowds...) skipped this pavillon, because of the hassle related to entering it.





To cut a long story short, it was not too different and special from all the other followers like Italy, Japan or Germany.
Yes, of course it was good , indeed, but its inside was not up to par with its monumental outside architecture. And this is good news for our world as we know it, telling the visitors, that Chinese are nothing but ordinary human beings which have nothing evil or megalomaniac on their mind.





The pavillons headline was naturally *A harmonious China*, a phrase often being used these days. This may sound a bit kitsch-like to Westerners. But it is not the time to pick on the Chinese. How can you reign a country measuring the size of a continent, comprising one fith of the world population, splitting up into dozens of different ethnics, and a increasingly number of various lifestyles in the big and rapidly modernizing, globailizing cities?
It is not the easiest job, and the authorities are aware of that.

Did I get political again? Most Chinese do not care about politics anyway, unless they could buy it.

Lets better focus on the exhibition. A huge 3D cinema at the beginning summarized the countrys development in the last 30 years, from Deng Xiaopings reform policy introduced to a poor agriculturian state to the superpower as we know it today. Despite some sceptical undertones, this movie was way too overly optimistic. I would have liked to see some emphasize on the dramatic social changes the country is currently undergoing. But this was obviously not intended.

Much more interesting the exhibition adjacent, displaying furniture in a typical Chinese appartment from three decades.

1978, an old radio and a clock




1988, telephone and TV enter the flats


1998, CD players and PC are added to the equipment


and finally, 2008. The Chinese start to splurge....


We recognize: the Chinese got rich within the last three decades. But I doubt the family shown is representative for the ordinary Chinese, not even in Shanghai or Beijing. Owning a radio was pure luxury for a normal countrysides farmer in 1978.

Many of the big pavillons had their main attraction, a MUST SEE.
This is the Chinese state of the art attraction>


A huge tapestry, original from the Song dynasty, now being reanimted to a huge comic movie some 1000 years later. Just marvellous!



These fishermen have run into some problems: their ship is obviously too high to pass by under the bridge. A lot of argueing and discussion does not solve the problem

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Old May 2nd, 2011, 02:13 PM   #64
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China, inside part 3

The rest of the pavillons top floor was a lot of lights and effects...


...somehow trying to document the countrys attempt to develop harmoniously in pictures.

The cities shall become parks, the people can wander through...



The society shall become clean and transparent (at least as you can tell by looking at these pictures)


After queuing up and watching this slightly propagandistic movie, these sights were very relaxing and rewarding, offering a well deserved break.

The floor slowly decended...



..giving way to a enormous art gallery consisting merely of childrens drawings. Some of these were worth watching and taking photos. Please see some impressions below how Chinese children aged between 7 and 13 foresee the future of Chinese cities












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China inside, part 4



The next attraction was a bit juvenile though.
The visitors had to sit down in some lorries which masqueraded as a Ghost Train.


This picture was taken from inside the train.



We were carried through fake landscapes with plastic trees and bridges. Nothing special, but quite nice to watch. Chinese seem to love it



I did not quite get the message out of this but maybe there was none



When this was over, things soon got serious again.



The lower floor finally focused on technical developments and innovative solutions. A sector in which China aims to compete on top level in the near future, in its attempt of trying to get rid of its image of being the worlds workbench


Some electric cars were on display



mainly manufactured from Chinas most capable carmaker SAIC


..flanked by lotus flowers


which were grown in self/reprocessing water (I do not know the English term to describe this process...)


And then...the show was suddenly over! Despite its size you could manage to see the Expos top attraction in just 40 to 50 minutes.

So, I would like to say goodbye with this photograph, taken from the outside...

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More pavillions, please...
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Old May 2nd, 2011, 05:25 PM   #67
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Okay, next one is going to be Colombia



They had their own pavillon strategically smart located next to some American and European crowdpullers. Unfortunately this visit got spoiled by a hasty staff who could not get the visitors too early out of the place.



The pavillon consisted of two rooms. In the first, each province got protrayed including a description of its people, its geography and economical importance. The rest was turned/shut off.


As far as I can tell, Colombias focus lay on displaying its economic potential and some nice photos showing its natural diversity. Indeed, it must be thrilling to descend the 5000m, chilly Andes mountain down to the humid, steaming jungle.



Some nice coffee was served at the exit.
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Some small pavillons ahead, the first being the Comores Islands



An exotic destination, remote and mysterious. The tiny pavillon was placed in the African joint pavillon. A facade, a volcano, some water and captions made up the whole show.
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Old May 2nd, 2011, 05:36 PM   #69
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Congo Brazzaville



Colourful drawings and nice photos, especially from the capital Brazzaville comprised the main attractions. Like most subsaharan African countries Congo Brazzaville celebrated its 50th year of independence last year.



Like most Afican pavillon some structures were added to the layout, in this case some simple buildings should show the countrys architectural styles. Despite being the first African pavillon visited, there is not much to add.
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Congo Kinshasa

One of the most interesting African countries. Given its enormous size and population it should have had its own pavillon. But in fact, people in the Congo these days have other problems than appearing at a Chinese funfair.



The booth was not much bigger than of other much smaller countries.

It was one of the few African countries which showed future oriented projects, not only focusing on infrastructure but also on sustainability like e.g. enviromentally friendly waste management. This picture is a futuristic design proposal of an art student for a bus station.



Another section comprised locally manufactured goods. The washing agent, soap and food shown below is: Made in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
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come on baby, mittendrin statt nur dabei
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these 1978, 1988, 1998, 2008 photos? Oliver, 你 也 来自中国 ?
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Cook Islands



It as located in Joint Pacific pavillon



All these pavillons had the same layout: a wooden shell which reminded a bit of a hull. The Cook Island pavillon was one of the more appealing, as also a typical wooden pavillon was added.



The exhibitions mainly consisted of artefacts, such as mascs, sculptures, but also stamps and locally manufactured products for daily use like food, perfume or soap



Although these pavillons all looked quite the same they offered the rare chance to talk some of the few natives from these countries.
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Costa Rica



Located in the Latin American Joint Pavillon. The day we visited it was the most crowded - 1,100,000 visitors 2 weeks before the Expos end!!!
Given the Expo areas expanse = 5 square kilometres, this day 220,000 people squeezed its elbows on one sqkm.
Just for comparison: the population density of the worlds most densely populated state Monaco is 20,000 people/sqkm! Hongkong with its highrises clocks in 7,000!
If you consider that all these 1.1 mio. people were not squeezed into highrise appartments but walking around on the ground you might imagine that it was quite difficult to take some appealing photos
Anyway, here is another one:


Costa Ricas pavillon contained no artificial ingridients (a pointer to their slogan for luring tourists into the country).
The walls were covered with huge wallpapaers showing the countrys natural attractions like volcanoes, jungle, wild animals. At a bar some coffee was served. The white iglo like building shown on the last picture was an oasis of serenity: calm and peaceful within this cauldron of noise and pushy elbows. The reason for it? It contained nothing interesting.
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Croatia

A big disappointment! They had their own pavillon, a huge red box with some white and red flags stuck on the facade for optical diversion



Visiting this pavillon was done within one minute: it merely consisted of a short corridor with some animated pictures on the wall. No movies, no words, no text, no show, no strucutres, sculptures, buildings or models.

Maybe the pavillons budget got somehow restricted in the aftermath of the financial crisis.
Anyway, as most visitors moved forward to see the next attraction, the show was already over.
At least I learned that the tie was orginally invented by a Croatian. They had a small shop selling ties at the pavillons exit

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btw, I forgot to add Austria, it will be shown later at E
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Have you visited Turkish Pavillion? If so, I would greatly appreciate it if you share with us
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Have you visited Turkish Pavillion? If so, I would greatly appreciate it if you share with us
yes, and for nowe I can say that it was one of the highlights. But as we approach by alphabet you have to wait for the T. Now we are about to finish C...
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namely with Cuba...



Lets continue whining. Cuba had its own albeit very small pavillon as if it wanted to say to the world: we are small, we are communist but we are free. Like the other still existing communist state, North Korea, Cuba did not want to share space with others. One might speculate that the host country China regards itself to be communist as well, and therefore having an own pavillon was an affair of honourfor Cuba .



Anyway, Cuba was rather disappointing. The upside of this pavillon was its short queue. Inside, the country just cultivated prejudices. Rhum and cigarettes. For sale, for sure.



Plus some street facades and wallpapers. Nothing special just nice. Think about going to Cuba on vacation?



None of the exhibits focused on what is actually going on in the country. Interesting enough the whole show was non-political. Nothing about revolution or socialism. A big disappointment for some elderly Chinese?

Anyway, given the short queuing I did not regret going there. But all this could have been shown in a joint pavillon. So why did they show up in their own building? See above...
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