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Old August 31st, 2012, 05:02 AM   #721
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China Art Museum to open at Expo site
Shanghai Daily
Aug 31, 2012

AFTER 10 months of renovation, China Pavilion at the 2010 World Expo will reopen to the public on October 1 as the China Art Museum.

The museum will have five themed exhibitions as the Shanghai government works to expand the cultural influence of the World Expo on the city. The former Shanghai Art Museum, located in an old horse-racing club on Nanjing Road, will move to the China Art Museum.

"The China Art Museum will focus on collections, exhibition, communication, survey and education," Zong Ming, a deputy head of the publicity department of the Party's Shanghai committee, said. "It will become another iconic cultural venue in the city."

The new museum has 27 halls extending about 64,000 square meters.

The China Pavilion received nearly 17 million visitors during the 2010 World Expo. No figures on the cost of the project were released at yesterday's press conference.

Currently, the China Art Museum owns around 14,000 pieces of art through donation and purchase. The three levels of the exhibition hall will showcase the history and development of modern art in Shanghai and China.

The money for running the museum comes from three sources: government fund, donations and the business operation of the museum itself, including restaurant and theater operations. The museum also has plans for free seminars and art training.

A similar strategy is being adopted for the Shanghai Museum of Contemporary Art, China's first government-supported contemporary art museum. It will also open on October 1 with the launch of the Shanghai Biennale. The museum is in the former Urban Future Pavilion.

"We expect a total of 3 million visitors to the two museums annually," Zong said.
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Old September 17th, 2012, 11:08 AM   #722
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Aviation park set to be built at Expo site
Shanghai Daily
Sep 13, 2012

SHANGHAI will build the city's first aviation theme park at the former World Expo 2010 site in Pudong with major attractions including a Boeing 747 aircraft, aviation simulators and a hot-air balloon to take visitors up 30 meters over the city.

The Aviator Theme Park, covering 30,000 square meters near the former USA Pavilion in Zone C, will open to the public next month with an admission price of 100 yuan (US$16), said Gao Liang, chief organizer of the park.

Some professional aviation simulators will also open to the public.

Engineers will reassemble some small-size aircraft at a transparent warehouse to show the process of airplane assembly.

A retired Boeing 747 plane will be turned into a club at the park's square. The plane, bought from logistics giant UPS, was dismantled and shipped to Shanghai in 85 containers.
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Old October 8th, 2012, 05:31 PM   #723
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Long lines greet new art museum
Shanghai Daily
Oct 2, 2012

THE China Art Museum, formerly the China Pavilion during World Expo 2010 in Shanghai, attracted long queues on the first day of its trial opening yesterday.

In anticipation of large crowds during the national holiday, visitor numbers have been limited to 10,000 a day, with 8,000 reserved for groups and 2,000 for individuals.

There were almost 300 people outside the art palace before it opened at 9am.

"I came here as early as 4:30am," said a man surnamed Chen, who was first in the queue. "I visited the Shanghai Expo 17 times and I love the China Pavilion," he said.

By 3pm some 7,500 visitors had entered the museum.

However, people who hadn't made reservations were disappointed.

"I didn't reserve the tickets on the Internet, because they were fully booked," said Thomas Wu, a 35-year-old local consultant. "But the security today is strict, no tickets, no entry. Actually a careful planning for a free wandering to an art museum sounds not so do-able in the future. If the group reservation is set to 8,000, then it will become a tourist destination rather than an art museum."

Office worker Wang Qifan said: "I reserved the tickets earlier for the first-day entry of the museum. I am rather curious about what such a spacious art museum offers."

For the holiday opening, visitors were able to reserve tickets via artshow.eastday.com. Wu Wenwen, a museum spokeswoman, said: "Based on our experience during the national holidays, a more feasible visiting mode will be worked out later."

The China Pavilion was one of 2010 World Expo's top attractions, receiving nearly 17 million visitors.

The new museum has 27 halls extending about 64,000 square meters.

It has five themed exhibitions as the Shanghai government works to expand the cultural influence of the World Expo on the city. The former Shanghai Art Museum, currently in an old horse-racing club on Nanjing Road, is moving to the museum.

Shanghai's new contemporary art museum, Power Station of Art, also opened to the public yesterday. By 3pm it had welcomed 2,500 visitors. The museum, China's first government-supported contemporary art museum, is housed in the former Urban Future Pavilion.

The current exhibition is "Reactivation," attracting 98 artists from 27 countries and regions.

The space now covers nearly 41,200 square meters with 12 exhibition halls.

Many other scenic spots in Shanghai saw a visitor boom yesterday.

Century Park had 35,000 visitors, an increase of 169 percent over the same period of last year, the Oriental Land park had 12,000, up 167 percent, the Sheshan Hill National Forest Park 33,500, soaring 259 percent, and the Fengjing Water Town 45,600, an increase of 196 percent.

Other attractions such as the Jinshan City Beach, the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Chenshan Botanic Garden and Happy Valley also reported 59 to 217 percent increases in visitor numbers.
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Old November 16th, 2012, 12:39 AM   #724
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Chocolate theme park to open in former Expo Site
Shanghai Daily
2012-11-14

The world's first chocolate-themed park will open next month in Zone C of the former Expo Site, featuring such scenes as the "Chocolate Waterfall" and "Rainbow Bridge" in the film "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory."

The park which cost 100 million yuan (US$16.05 million) in investment has eight theme areas, the Expo Shanghai Group told local media yesterday.

A chocolate castle was built with 300 tons of chocolate and contains chocolate replicas of the marble statues of Venus and David and Auguste Rodin's sculpture "The Thinker." These sculptures are made with a special method and can last three to five years at normal temperature.

The eight-meter-high and ten-meter-wide "Chocolate Waterfall" and the "Rainbow Bridge" made with colorful candies will give visitors a unique experience.

The park will be put on a trial run for six months starting from mid-December. Admission costs 120 yuan per adult and 60 yuan for a child under 140 centimeters.
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Old November 16th, 2012, 01:13 AM   #725
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Chocolate theme park to open in former Expo Site
Shanghai Daily
2012-11-14

The world's first chocolate-themed park
will open next month in Zone C of the former Expo Site, featuring such scenes as the "Chocolate Waterfall" and "Rainbow Bridge" in the film "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory."

The park which cost 100 million yuan (US$16.05 million) in investment has eight theme areas, the Expo Shanghai Group told local media yesterday.

A chocolate castle was built with 300 tons of chocolate and contains chocolate replicas of the marble statues of Venus and David and Auguste Rodin's sculpture "The Thinker." These sculptures are made with a special method and can last three to five years at normal temperature.

The eight-meter-high and ten-meter-wide "Chocolate Waterfall" and the "Rainbow Bridge" made with colorful candies will give visitors a unique experience.

The park will be put on a trial run for six months starting from mid-December. Admission costs 120 yuan per adult and 60 yuan for a child under 140 centimeters.
Because it's stupid . Does the admission price include "all you can eat" chocolates?

Will my health insurance premium increase if I ventured into such place?

I guess Shanghai does not have a junk/fat food tax.
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Old November 16th, 2012, 01:33 AM   #726
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Because it's stupid . Does the admission price include "all you can eat" chocolates?

Will my health insurance premium increase if I ventured into such place?

I guess Shanghai does not have a junk/fat food tax.
You can stick with dark chocolate - it's good for your health!
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New-energy park slated for former World Expo site
Shanghai Daily
Nov 17, 2012

A NEW-energy theme park displaying vintage cars and offering the chance to test drive electric vehicles will open next month at the former World Expo site.

The 2062 New-Energy Theme Park covers 50,000 square meters in the Pudong New Area and will open to the public on December 22, organizers said.

The park will be divided into five sections and feature solar and wind power generation technologies. There will also be biodiesel technologies on display along with exhibits contributed by leading domestic companies in the new energy field.

Admission will be free until the trial opening period ends on December 31.

Beginning on January 1, admission will be 30 yuan (US$4.81), said Gu Yue, a senior organizer of the park.

"Vintage cars consume a lot of energy. We hope to present the evolution of energy development with the display of vintage cars and we expect this to be a highlight of the exhibition," Gu said.

The name of the park, 2062, has a special meaning, organizers said.

"The Mayan Prophecy predicted the end of Earth in 2012, which is not possible. But will human beings change their lifestyles, explore new energies and find better modes of transportation 50 years after the 'doomsday?'" said Zhang Huchao, market manager of Shanghai Foremost Multimedia Co Ltd, which is in charge of the exhibition.

The park's opening is part of a post-Expo development blueprint, which aims to turn the site into a landmark area that incorporates business, exhibition and leisure functions, authorities said yesterday at the China International Travel Mart.

A number of national pavilions and Expo venues have been reopened with new exhibitions and functions. They include China Art Museum, Shanghai Contemporary Art Museum, Italy Center, Mercedes-Benz Arena, Saudi Arabia Pavilion, Expo Memorial Exhibition and Expo Park.

Meanwhile, some facilities are close to opening.

The city's first aviation theme park with major attractions including a Boeing 747 aircraft, aviation simulators and a hot-air balloon will open soon.

A children's art theater is under construction. It is scheduled to open in June 2013.
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Old November 19th, 2012, 11:23 PM   #728
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Chocolate theme park to open in former Expo Site
Shanghai Daily
2012-11-14

The world's first chocolate-themed park will open next month in Zone C of the former Expo Site, featuring such scenes as the "Chocolate Waterfall" and "Rainbow Bridge" in the film "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory."

The park which cost 100 million yuan (US$16.05 million) in investment has eight theme areas, the Expo Shanghai Group told local media yesterday.

A chocolate castle was built with 300 tons of chocolate and contains chocolate replicas of the marble statues of Venus and David and Auguste Rodin's sculpture "The Thinker." These sculptures are made with a special method and can last three to five years at normal temperature.

The eight-meter-high and ten-meter-wide "Chocolate Waterfall" and the "Rainbow Bridge" made with colorful candies will give visitors a unique experience.

The park will be put on a trial run for six months starting from mid-December. Admission costs 120 yuan per adult and 60 yuan for a child under 140 centimeters.
Uhh, what about Hershey Park, PA?
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Old November 20th, 2012, 04:07 AM   #729
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Uhh, what about Hershey Park, PA?
They probably meant China's 1st chocolate-themed park.
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