Host City: Shanghai, China
Often referred to as "Oriental ParisShanghai is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. As the biggest and most prosperous city in China, this metropolis is the dreamland for Chinese youths just like California for Americans in the years of "Gold Rush".
The Charm of Shanghai lies in the seamless mix of modern and traditional, the East and the West. Reputed as "Museum of Architecture", Shanghai takes great pride in its gardens, museums, temples, the Bund and other distinctive buildings. The enjoyable amusements, delicious cuisine, and amazing culture attract tourists from every part of the world. The Bund, Nanjing Road, Yu Garden, Yuyuan Markets, Lujiazui, Oriental Pearl TV Tower, and Shanghai Museum are the favorites. Oh, yes, the Expo absolutely will be the highlight of Shanghai now. It is rumored that no visitor to Shanghai has ever been disappointed.
With connections to airports from around the globe and connection to all of the major cities in China, Shanghai is more often than not compared to "Gate to China", the perfect place to begin a China tour and the excellent city to hold the grand World Expo.
Duration: May 1st - October 31st, 2010
Six months, 184 days to be exact, provides visitors great flexibility to visit the Expo at their convenience.
The 184 days have been divided into two parts: Peak Days and Standard Days.
Peak Days refer to China's Labours' Day (May 1 to 3, 2010), the National Day (October 1 to 7, 2010) and the Expo Ending Week (October 25 to 31, 2010); all the other days of the duration belonging to Standard Days.
Short Notice: if visitors go Expo on Standard Days, they will better enjoy the Expo because there are fewer people in Expo Park on Standard Days.
Participators: 231 countries and organizations
231 participators set a new record for the number of World Expo participators. Visitors surely to see the advanced technological achievement, have a try on delicious foreign dishes and specialties and enjoy the exotic cultures from the 231 countries and organizations on the globe.
Expected Visitors: 70 million
70 million expected visitors surpass the expected visitors of any previous World Expo. You would meet visitors from all over the world and have the chance to communicate with people from different parts of the world.
Shanghai Expo Theme: Better City, Better Life
The theme of Expo 2010 is "BetterCity, Better Life" representing the common wish of the whole humankind for a better living in future urban environments. This theme represents a central concern of the international community for future policy making, urban strategies, and sustainable development. In 1800, 2% of the global population lived in cities. In 1950, the figure raised to 29%, in 2000, almost half the world population moved into cities, and by 2010, as estimated by the UnitedNations, the urban population will account for 55% of the total human population.
The quest for a better life has run through the urban history of mankind. Through different sub-themes, Expo 2010 will create blueprints for future cities and harmonious urban lifestyles, providing an extraordinary educational and entertaining platform for visitors of all nations.
The sub-themes include Blending of diverse cultures in the city; Economic prosperity in the city; Innovations of science and technology in the city; Remodeling of communities in the city; Interactions between urban and rural areas.
Shanghai Expo Emblem
The emblem, depicting the image of three people-you, me, him/her holding hands together, symbolizes the big family of mankind. Inspired by the shape of the Chinese character" ä¸–"(meaning the world), the design conveys the organizers' wish to host an Expo which is of global scale and which showcases the diversified urban cultures of the world.
Shanghai Expo Mascot
Created from a Chinese character meaning people, the mascot "Haibao" embodies the character of Chinese culture.
(Source: Shanghai Expo Official Website)