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Old May 9th, 2011, 04:36 PM   #81
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Cyprus

A masterpiece of efficiency. Small space filled with very interesting ideas.

Hidden in the South/East European joint pavillon, Cyprus may not be the place you will look for when you are not Cypriot and the first time on Shanghais Expo. But in the end it was worth waiting for it until our very last visit.


Aphrodite, the Greek godness of Love and Beauty has been living on the Mediterranean island for a while as an expat. Then she took some days off to guide the visitors through the Cypriotic pavillon on Shanghais Expo.



The tour was history focused and started at the beginning of it all, around 10000 years ago. When most of the worlds population was still hunting and collecting, Cypriotic people began to construct houses, dabbled in pottery and traded with some other bright chaps from Greek and Turkey.



Some excravations were excavated at the countrys pavillon.



A movie screen marked the center of the pavillon showing the countrys natural attractions.



The second party focused on the recent past and the future.,



Themed as *rethinking public spaces* a lot of interesting architecture and some innovative ideas for sustainable urban development were shown.

Even the countrys hot topic, the islands partition into two parts was briefly stressed. Some projects focues on exchanging information in bringin the people across both borders together. Unfortunately I do not remember the details.
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Old May 9th, 2011, 04:45 PM   #82
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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...
Okay, I didn't notice you were going by alphabetical order
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Old May 15th, 2011, 05:18 PM   #83
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Czech Republic



Ever thought about where the woird Roboter comes from? The Czechs have always been innovative people, even 45 years of communism could not erase this fact.
It were the Czechs who invented the streamlined limousines (some Germans later copied this and named it Volkswagen Beetle), its the Czehcs who are famous for their avantgarde science literature and movies which also made it across the iron curtain to West German homes, strongly influencing the childhood of this threads writer.
Add Prague, probably Europes most beautiful city, the countrys famous beer and cuisine. And do not forget Vaclav Havel one of the key persons who helped to liberate Eastern Europe


The expectations regarding this pavillon were high and they were fulfilled.

The otherwise nondescript outside was covered with Icehockey pucks.

Much better the inside which was quite BOHEMIAN showing bizarre, futuristic structures,


intrigueing light shows





and an interactive flight simulation through the country. Of course this was what the Chinese visitors loved the most and queud up for.


The pavillons layout offered welcome diversion as it was neither a huge warehouse-like hall nor a labyrinth guiding the visitors from entracne to the exit. Actually the Czechs pavillon was not flat but had a knob in the middle separating the pavillon into two areas, with a small cinema showing the aforementioned famous Czech cartoons,




The exhibition itself also included topics like innovation, sustainability, as well as the Czechs beloved icehockey players and the history of Prague
A small shop selling items like the cute mole Pauli and a restaurant selling gourgeous food - huge piles of knedel ,meat and sauce made this one a well-rounded experience
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Old May 15th, 2011, 06:25 PM   #84
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Denmark



All these nordic countries had their own distinctive style and surely were better than average performances: interesting architecture, focus on sustainability and modern urban development. Plus by far not enough capacity to accomodate the Chinese crowds.

Denmark had erected a flashy white snail next to its geographic neighbours.
As the country is surrounded by sea from three sides, water played a major role. Given the mind numbing heat, the fountains became the pavillons most popular attraction.


Although not all visitors were very amused by this feature


Center of the pavillon was the outdoor pool which got a bit smelly at 40 degrees celsius.


The small holes within the facade were a nice feature but could not provide enough ventilation

The Danish had sent their national symbol The Little Mermaid for the first time in 97 years on vacation to let her become part of the Shanghai World Espo. A movie showed the transport of the scultpure from Copenhagen to Shanghai.


The sculpture was put up in 1913, and has since then been the symbol of Denmark. Like the Eiffel tower in Paris and the statue of liberty in New York both have been very important for the two cities, so has the Little Mermaid been important for Copenhagen!


Another main feature of the pavillon was the opportunity to go cycling. It was not as exhausting as it looks like...



The pavillon was quite devoid of exhibits. It was rather the combination of water, aesthehtic architecture, cycling and strange smells which made this pavillon worth queuing up.
Some movies portrayed the Danish way of life which might appaear very bizarre to the ordinary Shanghainese: businessmen not living in 50 floor luxury compounds but in a renovated farmhouse, commuting to their office not with a fat SUV incl. driver but with a bicycle, drinking strange green lemonade and eating bizarre black candys (acutally its liquorice) or Nordic sushi (Herring).

I remember a board comparing the two cities of Copenhagen and Shanghai. One feature focused on the number of highrises (100 meters and more): Copenhagen 2, Shanghai 850.


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these 1978, 1988, 1998, 2008 photos? Oliver, 你 也 来自中国 ?
我是中国人,可惜还没出过国境
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great thread
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Old May 16th, 2011, 05:31 PM   #87
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我是中国人,可惜还没出过国境
我是外国人, 可是我工作和住在上海。
我介绍你去外国看看,是值得的
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Old May 16th, 2011, 05:36 PM   #88
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great thread
Thx and it even gets better when I am going to present the outstanding performance Djibuti

Located in the African joint pavillon or better: at the Horn of Africa when you look on the map. Surrounded by war strucken and very poor countries, Djibuti with its port has been become something like a strategic hub. Since its independence in 1977 it managed to withstand the regions numerous conflicts and remained in peace.



Not much to say about its Expo appearance. Not Cerutti, rather Djibouti. Just the usual exhibits, a round hut, some carpets, sculptures and colurful paintings.



Some photos documenting its logisitc importance or some captures about its natural bauty would have been nice. Djibouti is one of the worlds most extreme places, with stifling hot deserts and salt flats located in one of the lowest lying regions of Africa (150 meters below sea level).
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Yep Ive heard Djibouti is starkly beautiful, and one of the bleakest, most inhospitable places for life on Earth - scientists go there to emulate moon landings. Also famed for its beautiful women too.

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Old May 17th, 2011, 05:43 PM   #90
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Great photos, especially the second one, should be worth another thread.
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Old May 17th, 2011, 05:50 PM   #91
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Dominica



Just a quicky for today.
This was the first one we saw in the Carribean joint pavillon.

The usual collection of wallpapers, artefacts (rhum!) and little else

The most DOMINATING (harhar) thing about Dominica was the cool flag showing the islands national symbol, the Sisserou bird.



Dominica, located in the Southern Caribbean within the Antilles Island belt has managed to keep its enviroment in order. The islands interior is rugged and heavily forested, 200 meter high cliffs fall straight into the sea. The absence of beaches might be one reason why mass tourism has not reached this island and some aboriginal people still leave away in the jungle. The wooden structures shown on the first photo are derived from Dominicas original inhabitants dwellings. The green floor and some posters are a reference to its natural resources.
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Dominican Republic



Despite the similar name and location the Dominican Republic was put up in the Latin American pavillon. Perhaps because of its Spanish speaking population?



The walls were framed by some ancient facades of its capital Santo Domingo one of the oldest existing cities of America. The booths center was ought to be a plaza, with a *hacienda* or straw hut masqueraded which became a show stage for perfomances. Along the plaza some stands showed diverse artefacts, the facades along the wall offered some shopping and movies to watch.



The Dominican Republic was one of the most memorable pavillons in this joint pavillon for two reasons. First, it had a strict thematic approach, making visitors really feel like being there. Secondly, unfortunately its plaza became a notorious Tiananmen square during the day visited, with thousands of Chinese people pushing their elbow along the booths. The pavillon with its dancing perfomances became a victim of its own attraction.
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Ecuador

Sorry guys, similar as with the previous one.



The Ecuador pavillon was memorable for one reason: it was the most crowded pavillon on the most crowded day. Maybe an attempt of the Chinese to sandwich several million Chinese equivalent to Ecuadors population into this pavillon.



Therefore three facts about this event

As the countrys name already indicates, the Equator was the pavillons theme symbolized by a huge memorial in the pavillons centre. This was a replica of the monument erected 24 km north of the capital Quito where mankind cannot get any further from the Poles.

This memorial was surrounded by a bar and shop. I even managed to grab some barbecued chicken meat.

Some movies on the wall.

To put it precise: amazingly, the Expo was well organized and managed to accodomate and direct the masses with no problems. This was a reason why came again and again. This pavillon was the only one I discovered some garbage on the ground. No need to blame anyone, it was just too much.
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Old May 18th, 2011, 05:16 PM   #94
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Egypt



Probably the most popular African pavillon. When Chinese think about Egypt, they think about pyramids.
Maybe South Africa could benefit from its soccer world cup, but compared to Egypt, countries such as Angola or Algeria who had their own pavillons cannot really cope with Egypts famous sights.

The result was some queuing but it was acceptable. The pavillons interior was black magic: mystical, dark and spooky with some strange white structures. Except some billboards at the entrance and exit which provided some general information about the country, the show exactly focused on the countrys glorious past by displaying ancient artefacts from its antique era in a mysthic setting. If you could tolerate the noise level, a very atmospheric experience. Turkey, btw., had a very similar approach.

Please do not ask me why I have only taken one photo of this. It should have seserved some more. Maybe my girlfriend can provide some more later...
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next one will be...right: Austria
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Austria

Pronounced *Eestreich* in the locals German dialect, I simply forgotten it to insert at A, therefore we now put it at E.



The Austrians had threwn up a comparably small but very unique pavillon. For me, it gets the award for the best exterior architecture.



The edgy but somehow rounded structure looked good from all perspectives. There was no painting - they used tiny white and red tiles for the cladding.



Despite the small size the labyrinthic inside provided some diversion and surprises. It started just at the entrance. A typical aline scenery in the background and in the foreground...snow! Given the evil heat outside, it was no wonder that some visitors were inspired to start a snowball fight in the pavillon. I bet, some of the Chinese never had touched snow before in their lives.



Like for most European countries, enviromental concerns were in the focus of the countrys presentation. Some hidden cameras projected landscapes on the pavillons walls and floors making the visitor feel like walking though a small creek in the Alps.



The real highlight was a huge concert hall where some orchestras played classical music. I have not taken photos from this because I was involved in a long discussion with one of the staff workers. The orchestra played some very interesting music, a sort of predecessor of classical music from the 16th century.
The pavillon also accomodated a restaurant which was most of the time out of supply. The adjacent shop could keep its promises to sell Nussecken but like most other items these were ridicoulously overpriced



In fact it can be very challenging to staisfy the needs of all Expo visitors therefore these ladies had to take a break from a long and exhausting working shift.



Overall the Austrian pavillon was one of the best with its minimalist and sleek interior. White, blank walls, the furniture in red or back, the rest was done through illuminations and video. Plus the aforementioned orchestra. But what about the Kaiserschmarrn?
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Wwwwowwww, what pavillions!!
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Thx.

Short notice about the countries we skipped so far:

Cameroon - same as for Austria, I will add them at K.

Bhutan - had better things to do
Andorra - did not feel like taking the long flight to China
Burkina Faso - they prefer doing politics with Taiwan
Chad - did I overlook them? Did not see anything of them in the African joint pavillon.

Same is for Swaziland and neighbouring Lesotho
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El Salvador

Another one from my beloved and famous Apocalypatic Latin American Joint Pavillon.



Like with most other small booths, the whole performance arounded a main theme. In this case, El Salvador decided to worship its volcanoes, one thing the country is famous for.
El Salvador is a densely populated country with fertile soils and the only e statin Central America not having a coastline at the Caribbean. In the 1980s (and also before) there was a long civil war. Thats what I know about the country. Not much more I can tell about their pavillon. Inside the volcano there was a small shop but the floor was covered with rubbish. Unfortunate timing to visit this pavillon on that special day.
On the outside some exhibits like rhum, stuffed tropic birds and very nice photographs. This is one of them:

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