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Old August 23rd, 2010, 05:34 PM   #661
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Expo subway line has served 10m passengers
2010-8-23
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LINE 13, the only subway operating inside the World Expo site, has handled more than 10 million passengers since the event opened in May, the city's Metro operator Shanghai Shentong Metro Group said yesterday.

The operator plans to add train services to shorten interval times from six minutes to four minutes during rush hours, the operator said.

The line has three stations now in use. Two are within the Expo site - Lupu Bridge Station and Expo Avenue Station - while Madang Road Station can only be accessed by ticket holders to the event.

Expo ticket holders can take the line for free between the Pudong and Puxi sides of the Expo. The daily volume on the line is about 130,000, Metro officials said.

Line 13 will be a complete line after the Expo. The completed line will operate from suburban Jiading District to downtown Nanjing Road W. Station, where it connects to Line 2.

Meanwhile, the operator said it has teamed up with Metro police to crack down on those who jump over ticket turnstiles to avoid paying subway fares. Offenders will be fined 50 yuan (US$7.36), Shanghai Shentong said.
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Old August 23rd, 2010, 05:55 PM   #662
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Are there separate % regarding the fluxes of International visitors and National ones?
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Old August 23rd, 2010, 06:22 PM   #663
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Are there separate % regarding the fluxes of International visitors and National ones?
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From the Expo website, I don't see the breakdown of foreign tourists.

http://en.expo2010.cn/a/20100822/000001.htm
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Old September 1st, 2010, 08:50 AM   #664
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Old September 1st, 2010, 09:38 PM   #665
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last weekend

I went to see the Expo last Saturday, here are some of the pics of pavilions:


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Old September 1st, 2010, 09:40 PM   #666
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Old September 2nd, 2010, 12:58 PM   #667
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From the Expo website, I don't see the breakdown of foreign tourists.

http://en.expo2010.cn/a/20100822/000001.htm
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Do you have any figure about the most visited pavillions?
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Old October 1st, 2010, 03:06 PM   #669
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For the first time in the history of EXPO there was the Expobasket championship organised by lithuanians:







The championship lasted for the period of a month with 200 games played and 62 teams participating. The first place went to the Bolivian team, the second - to the Lithuanian and the third - to the Danish team

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Old October 11th, 2010, 04:22 PM   #670
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Roar of China's reborn dragon
10 October 2010
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ON the Shanghai waterfront, the scene of so many triumphs and tragedies in modern China, the bulldozers will soon be moving on to the site of Expo 2010.

When it closes its gates at the end of this month, having welcomed more than 60m visitors, only the Chinese pavilion, a great red inverted pyramid, and a few other structures will be kept.

The rest will be demolished and on the ruins will rise a financial district symbolising the future to which Shanghai aspires — to rival Tokyo and Hong Kong as the greatest business city in the Far East.

"The job has already begun to build Shanghai into a financial centre," said He Ying, an academic who advises the city government.

For British entrepreneurs, who made Shanghai into a 20th century byword for commerce, the opportunities in this metropolis of 30m people are as real as they were in 1865, when the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation, now HSBC, opened its doors in the city.

A recent report by UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) has also identified four nearby cities — with a combined population of more than 23m — as prime beneficiaries of Shanghai's boom and as targets for British businesses.

They are among the richest of 35 "secondary cities" across China where wealth is spreading fast and £375 billion in government stimulus spending has kept economic growth running at more than 10%.

Around Shanghai, key markets for British firms include technical consultancy, engineering, clean industries, healthcare, shipbuilding, finance and services such as law and accountancy.

There is growing demand for software, training, tooling, precision machinery and key components as Chinese businesses plunge into industrial upgrading, helped by state loans.

The opportunities will increase as China goes up the value chain, UKTI said. Continued on page 11 W W

W W Continued from page 1 In the cluster of nearby cities, the export and oil refining port of Ningbo, with 5.5m people, is already an important centre for BP and is expanding its shipbuilding and high-end manufacturing capacity.

The famed rice wine city of Shaoxing, population 4.3m, is turning from textiles to recycling and environmental businesses.

China's most enterprising citizens are reputed to be among the 7.5m population of Wenzhou, which made so much money from cheap products it is now prime territory for firms selling luxury goods, insurance and financial advice. And Suzhou, a city of industrial estates and technology firms linked to Shanghai by fast rail, has more than 6m people .

But it is Shanghai, commercial capital of China since the 19th century, that remains at the core. Despite corruption so serious it toppled the last Communist party chief, the city government has kept the political initiative to win debates in the state council, China's cabinet, over its privileged role.

"The target is to be a world financial, shipping and trading centre," said Ding Jianping, a professor at Shanghai Financial University. "The natural harbour is the biggest in Asia, the facilities will rival Japan and South Korea, and there will be a new trading zone around the Hongqiao airport near the city centre," said the professor, who also advises the government.

For all the turbulence of volatile Chinese exports, a property boom that may turn into a bubble and a strident dispute with China's trade partners over the exchange rate, Shanghai has a confident feel.

"The stock market has been weak in financials and property, though small and medium caps have held up," said Yuan Jun, an analyst at AJ Securities, "but that's chiefly because of uncertainty about domestic policy." Next month, he said, the party is expected to unveil "positive policies for the private sector" in its 12th five-year plan. "Health spending will go up, so that's good for pharmaceuticals," Yuan said, noting that Shanghai is home to some of the biggest drug firms.

Despite challenges to pricing, they will benefit from an ambitious reform of the health system to restore universal coverage. The state has earmarked more than £80 billion and 700,000 villages are to get new or improved clinics.

Unlike Hong Kong, which has turned itself into a back office and service centre for southern China, Shanghai has retained manufacturing capacity in steel, cars, LED and LCD technology, white goods and shipbuilding.

It also makes electronics and telecoms gear and, as Yuan pointed out, "China has 700m mobile phone users".

China is also adding dollar millionaires by the month — there are more than 470,000, according to Merrill Lynch and Capgemini — and, just as in the past, many made their fortunes in Shanghai and spend them there as well.

"The more expensive a product is, the more demand there is for it," said Yuan, "so stocks in companies selling luxury goods in China will be very high in 10 years."

Today's heady scent of prosperity, however, goes far beyond Chanel, Cartier and Tiffany, whose shops line streets once adorned by Madam Mao's red banners and the slogans of the ultra-Maoist Gang of Four.

While western governments cut spending and scale back infrastructure investment, the thump of piledrivers and nonstop traffic in Shanghai tell their own tale of growth.

The city's radical factions of the past have been transformed into a tight cadre of politicians for whom progress ordained by the state is the key doctrine. Huge public infrastructure investments for the Expo have already laced the city with highways and flyovers. The metro system runs for 250 miles and is pushing into the suburbs.

Flats, office blocks and government buildings are rising in all directions. The new harbours, said Professor Ding, will give Shanghai the biggest container terminal in Asia, topping its historic rival, Hong Kong .

"Shanghai is unique," he said, "and national policy is clear. When a developing country becomes a developed country it must have service industries, and for Shanghai the first step is finance."

Criticism of the spending on Expo ran rife online and even found an echo in the mainstream media. But it is now clear that the planners did have a vision for what comes next. That includes moves by regulators to allow more trade in futures and other derivatives on the Shanghai stock exchange.

Political leaders have endorsed the idea of developing a bond market so that Chinese corporate issuers, as well as the state, can tap the enormous pool of domestic savings.

The liberalisers want to hold the government to its declared aim of making the Chinese currency, known as the renminbi (people's money) or yuan, freely exchangeable by 2020.

All this, say dealers, will need buildings, a larger trained workforce and a network of supporting service industries. Some economists, such as Tan Ruyong, also of Shanghai Financial University, still see obstacles: "It's one thing to build a shipping centre — we can see that's been done. But putting in place the infrastructure for finance, like tax policy, a legal framework, making the currency convertible, well, that is a long-term target."

Nonetheless, analyst Dong Tao of Credit Suisse said he can see Shanghai emerging as a global financial capital in 10 to 15 years. "Currency appreciation will continue and their reserves are so big they need a financial centre. And Chinese financial supervision is developing as a copy of Singapore, America and London," he said.

Meanwhile, Expo 2010 has drawn leaders such as Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev, who came to talk up the trade opportunities in northeast Asia and to mark the opening of a Chinese-Russian gas pipeline.

Shanghai's age-old links with Japan and Korea will revive even more strongly when the city is integrated into containerised railway routes to central Asia and the Indian Ocean. It will also benefit from growth in logistics as companies vie to service China's fastgrowing e-commerce. For analysts like Yuan at AJ Securities, the crisis in the West has served as a warning that Shanghai needs to get it right.

He should know. Like many Shanghainese, his family has roots in capitalism dating back before the 1949 revolution, to his great-grandfather, an investor who made the mistake of trusting in bonds issued by the doomed nationalist government of Chiang Kai-shek. "Nowadays," Yuan said, "Lehman has become a word in Chinese."
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Old October 13th, 2010, 07:05 AM   #671
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There are five permant structures at the Expo site which will be retained. All the others will be dsmantled and probably sold to other countries/cites. Three of the structures are the China Pavlion, the Expo axis, and the Expo Cultural Centre.
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Old October 13th, 2010, 08:02 AM   #672
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All the others will be dsmantled and probably sold to other countries/cites.
I think all the pavilions are owned by respective countries/cities/companies from the beginning. They all have purposes for their use after the EXPO, for example the Liverpool pavilion will be put in London for advertising purpose.
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Old October 14th, 2010, 10:50 AM   #673
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I think all the pavilions are owned by respective countries/cities/companies from the beginning. They all have purposes for their use after the EXPO, for example the Liverpool pavilion will be put in London for advertising purpose.
- In Hannover a few years ago, some of the countries had a auction to sell the pavillions, some were moved to other locations, some just dismantled.
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Old October 18th, 2010, 09:51 AM   #675
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1.03 million visitors last Saturday. What happened to the trolls who said that this would become a 'ghost Expo'?






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Old October 18th, 2010, 10:05 AM   #676
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!!!

look at the buses. I am afraid the extreme crowdedness might take all the fun away. most of my family members and friends went there without visiting the popular pavilions, and still had fun. Now I am glad they didn't choose this date to go.

just curious who would say this was gonna be a 'ghost EXPO'? If I don't remember wrong, more people were interested in going before the EXPO opened, and many are just scared away by the crowds.
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- In Hannover a few years ago, some of the countries had a auction to sell the pavillions, some were moved to other locations, some just dismantled.
i see, so only those who are still interested in the pavilions would keep them.
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Old October 18th, 2010, 04:57 PM   #678
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1.03 million visitors last Saturday. What happened to the trolls who said that this would become a 'ghost Expo'?






many people like to visit expo because autumn and relax
near close in 1st Nov,
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visited Expo earlier this summer....I can't image how horrible it would be to visit now....
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unfortunately, i was one of those 1.3 million people in zorg's pic. traffic jam waste my 3 hours on the way, and i've never seen so many buses in my lifetime.
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