Shanghai Expo Opening Ceremony Rehearsal Held Smoothly

The first dress rehearsal of the Shanghai Expo Opening Ceremony kicked off at 8:10 p.m. in the Expo Park on April 27th, 2010. Thousands of colorful fireworks rocketed into the sky, weaving brilliant and imposing artificial pictures upon the Park.

The opening rehearsal began with the visitor's entrance to the Park. Visitors and guests were guided to their seats orderly by the expo volunteers and the opening ceremony was staged on time at 8:00 p.m. Then the following one-hour-long oriental cultural show won seas of applause throughout the process.

Moreover, the firework show, cooperating with the performance, attracted not only the eyeballs of the inside audience but also arise the immediate attention of Shanghai's local residents. They took out the cameras and cell phones to picture the fabulous views. More than 20 thousand fireworks pieces, only one-fourth of the expected firework pieces on opening day, were shot into the sky group by a group from 10 cruising boats on the Huangpu River, lightening up the Expo Park and surrounding areas.

Shanghai Expo opening ceremony consists of a welcome speech, raising flags of the host nation and World Exposition, the presentation of Expo exhibitors, VIP speeches and cultural performance, in accordance with the conventions of World Expo. The whole ceremony will last for 2 hours or so. The Opening will be broadcasted live by dozens of Chinese media and overseas channels to the world in over 30 languages.

A Series of trial runs of the WorldExposition had gone smoothly during the previous week. About 1 million visitors toured the exquisite pavilions inside the park and experienced high-quality Expo services. Expo facilities, security measures, and services have been well-tested. After the trial operation of the Expo, we have more confidence to present the world an enjoyable and memorable Expo, said Han Zheng, Mayor of the host city, Shanghai is ready for the big event.

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