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Old November 22nd, 2008, 10:30 AM   #141
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Reconstruction of Peace Hotel in Shanghai kicks off


2008-11-22



A lady stands in front of the northern building of Peace Hotel, the landmark construction of nearly 100-year history, at the Bund in Shanghai, China, Nov. 21, 2008. The reconstruction project of the Peace Hotel has kicked off recently, whose northern and southern buildings would be reconstructed to a grand hotel and an art center respectively. It is predicted that the Peace Hotel will accomodate public guests before the Shanghai 2010 World Expo.


Photo taken on Nov. 21, 2008 shows the southern building of Peace Hotel, the landmark construction of nearly 100-year history, at the Bund in Shanghai, China. The reconstruction project of the Peace Hotel has kicked off recently, whose northern and southern buildings would be reconstructed to a grand hotel and an art center respectively. It is predicted that the Peace Hotel will accomodate public guests before the Shanghai 2010 World Expo.



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Old November 24th, 2008, 04:47 PM   #142
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Does anyone know if the rooftop of the China pavilion accessible to the public?

I am thinking it might be as it looks very wide and would provide a wide view of the expo complex.
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Old November 24th, 2008, 11:40 PM   #143
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Congratulations, mainly for China Pavilion, itīs incredible.

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Old November 25th, 2008, 01:15 AM   #144
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Downtown to be powered by monster substation

2008-11-25


THE world's biggest underground substation is expected to be put into operation in Shanghai next year, local power authorities said yesterday.

The substation will satisfy power requirements for the downtown area and the Expo Garden in 2010, said the Shanghai Electric Company.

Located in Jing'an District, near the People's Square, the 500-kilovolt substation will be safe, efficient, energy-saving and environmental friendly, officials said.

The entrance, exit, air vents and main controlling office of the substation will remain at ground level. The substation will occupy 53,000 square meters under the ground.

The substation will be the first 500-kilovolt multi-voltage substation in the country, said the company.

Above the substation will be an open sculpture park, which will be a new scenic spot in the city.

"The underground power facilities will combine perfectly with the scenery," said Wang Changxing, an official with the company. "And the substation will not affect the environment or people."

In 2010, the maximum power load in the city is expected to reach 26 million kilowatts, about 5 million kilowatts higher than this year.

"The power supply in the downtown area becomes tighter and tighter, especially in the summer," said Wang. "And the power load is expected to reach a peak in 2010."

About 73.5 billion yuan (US$10.8 billion) will be spent on the construction of the power net in the city from 2006 to 2010, officials said.

http://www.shanghaidaily.com/article...946&type=Metro
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Old November 25th, 2008, 01:06 PM   #145
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UNITED KINGDON

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The program for the “Pavilion of Ideas,” in Shanghai, encompasses 4,300 square feet of auditorium, exhibition, cafe, retail, and reception spaces. Grass-covered ramparts will flank its marshmallow-like main volume, in which so-called “cilia” will protrude from an amorphous enclosure and sway in the wind. These 16-foot-long spines, which might be made of either bamboo or aluminum, will terminate in programmable lights that can project images, colors, and messages over the entirety of the facade. Presentations within the pavilion can be integrated with messages and images running along its exterior, and visitors can use real-time interactive technology to art-direct the pavilion’s skin. According to Heatherwick Studio’s submission text, the light-tipped cilia mwill also reach into the pavilion, each one forming a pixel on a giant interior screen.
The pavilion will be a taste of UK architecture ahead of London hosting the 2012 olympics.
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Old November 27th, 2008, 12:31 AM   #146
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Click on to high-tech tickets

2008-11-27


TICKETS for the 2010 Shanghai World Expo will be encoded with the latest Radio Frequency Identification technology to make life easier for visitors and organizers. More than 70 million tickets will be issued for the Expo.

The RFID inlay will provide an effective security check by transmitting a unique serial number via radio waves to identify tickets, a little like the transit cards used on the Metro system.

This will be the largest use of the technology for any event in the world. A similar e-ticket system was trialed at the Tennis Masters Cup in Shanghai this month.

Officials with the Shanghai Bureau of Quality and Technical Supervision have set standards for the new tickets and the standards will be implemented from February 1 next year.

The standards include requirements for the tickets so that they can withstand temperature changes, soakings and wrinkling. Anti-counterfeiting techniques are also part of the standards.

The Bureau of Shanghai World Expo Coordination officials said the tickets injected with RFID technology were significant because 6.2 billion yuan (US$908 million) was expected to be raised in ticket sales which would contribute to the 10.6-billion-yuan operational expenses.

A secure ticketing system is vital for the event.

The ticket standards were applied for the e-ticketing system used at the Tennis Masters Cup where 100,000 tickets were issued and 78,000 were put into use. Of the 78,000 tickets, only 62 were invalid - a failure rate of 0.008 percent far below the 0.05 percent that the standard demands.

The Masters Cup system detected and blocked 2,500 fake tickets during the event.

"Being anti-static and free from other electromagnetic interferences, the tickets are more than just a pass," said Wang Jiazhen, a senior engineer from the Shanghai Institute of Standardization. "Developed by local companies and institutions, the system has independent intellectual property rights and will be used for many more large public events in the future."

The date when the Expo tickets go on sale has yet to be announced.


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Old November 29th, 2008, 05:05 AM   #147
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All ready for its big red cap


Workers finish construction yesterday on the concrete support structure for the Shanghai 2010 World Expo's China Pavilion. The building, which, at nearly 70 meters, will be three times taller than any of the other Expo pavilions, will house national exhibitions. The "Crown of the East"will feature a traditionalstyle red roof. More than 1,200 workers have been involved in construction since the project began last December. It is scheduled for completion in September.
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Old February 8th, 2009, 10:47 PM   #148
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Any updates? I want to go here next year.
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Old February 10th, 2009, 10:45 PM   #149
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expo2010china.com
updates all the time. For more detailed and more frequent updates, u need to stay in chinese, but i cant help you with that.
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Old February 10th, 2009, 11:17 PM   #150
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Actually during the chinese new year, few workers are in the construction field and the progress is very limitted.
Just wait......................
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Old February 11th, 2009, 01:08 AM   #151
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last update was in november though, we had two months of progressive work since then.
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Old February 12th, 2009, 06:41 PM   #152
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Italian Pavilion

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Cominciamo la rassegna dei padiglioni con il nostro Padiglione Italia:













http://www.expo2010italia.gov.it
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Old February 13th, 2009, 04:15 AM   #153
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The reconstruction project of the Peace Hotel has kicked off recently, whose northern and southern buildings would be reconstructed to a grand hotel and an art center respectively.
Out of the two buildings of the Peace Hotel, only the northern building retains its use as a hotel and the shorter building is transformed into an art gallery? If I had a plan to upgrade the complex, I should have let the old buildings become two separate hotels.
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Old February 13th, 2009, 01:06 PM   #154
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Italian Pavilion

the walls should be made in "transparent" concrete

something like that, if I'm not mistaken :


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ahhh thats so nice. IDK how it turns out on the building but this is really nice.
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Old February 22nd, 2009, 03:54 AM   #156
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So the Mermaid will leave Copenhagen for a while after all.

http://www.shanghaidaily.com/sp/arti...cle_391884.htm
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Little Mermaid heads for Expo

Source: Agencies | 2009-2-22 | NEWSPAPER EDITION

THE famous Little Mermaid statue will leave Denmark for the first time in its nearly 100-year history.

The City of Copenhagen has decided to send the landmark statue to next year's World Expo in Shanghai, said Klaus Bondam, a deputy mayor in charge of parks and statues.

The girl-sized statue will be the centerpiece of Denmark's official pavilion, he said.

A tribute to Danish fairy tale writer Hans Christian Andersen, The Little Mermaid has been sitting on the edge of Copenhagen's harbor since 1913, and draws at least 1 million visitors a year.

Though some city officials have opposed the move, Copenhagen's Technical and Environmental Administration agreed to put her on display in Shanghai between May 1 and October 31, 2010, said Bondam, who heads the department. He added that no City Council vote was needed because Denmark's government, not the city, will pay for the move.

"I am sure that Hans Christian Andersen, if he were alive today, would have loved to have The Little Mermaid travel to China," he said.

In Andersen's tale, the mermaid is a sea king's daughter who falls in love with a prince and must wait 300 years to become human.

The 1.65-meter statue was created by Danish sculptor Edvard Eriksen. Her international fame grew after she was beheaded in 1963. Since then she has been vandalized and repaired repeatedly.
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Old March 19th, 2009, 05:59 PM   #157
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Korean Pavilion





It'll finish Jan-Feb 2010.

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Old March 20th, 2009, 12:05 AM   #158
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bleah (per quest'ultimo)

quello italiano lo adoro!
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Old March 20th, 2009, 01:53 AM   #159
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http://www.expo2010.com.pl/portal/pl...ON_POLSKI.html

and polish pavilion

greeting from Poland
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Old March 23rd, 2009, 02:09 PM   #160
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No, because it is not sure that the US will participate. With the increase of the US economy over the past 30 years, the necessity of having a pavilion in the Expo has diminished steadily, and in the 1990's a bill passed that prohibited the State Department from spending tax money for expo pavilions. Therefore, unless some private company will take charge of the expenses and the entire project, the US will simply won't be represented at the 2010 expo, since the government thinks it is not worth spending money for something like that (something I'll have to agree with, since I don't think people want their tax money to be spent in building an expensive construction in another country).
Same thing happened in the Zaragoza Expo of 2008, where the US decided not to participate.
How about not isolating itself further from the rest of the world, as your previous president so persistently did?
There are 185 participating countries, out of 194 countries in the world!
It's a gathering of cultures and ideas, by not bothering to show up, the US gives the impression that it deems itself unworthy to interact with 'lesser countries'...

Off course I'm exaggerating, and I do know that this is not their intention, but it seems a bit like a lousy argument to say it's too pricy, while spending billions on military goals, etc... It's all about image-building.

Anyway, my favourite pavillion is the one from the UK:



My least favourite would have to be Luxemburg, which is supposed to look like a castle...:

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