Monday, 17 May 2010

Shanghai World Expo 2010

It's been quite some time since I last updated. I haven't abandoned the blog just lost the motivation to write anything constructive lately. I'll try to get back into the momentum. Anyhow, I think the World Expo in Shanghai is something worth talking about. Already has broken several records by covering the largest area (5.28 square km), having the most participants (190 countries), the most expensive ($4 billion) and predicted to have the most visitors. First they exceeded with the Olympics opening ceremony and now the World Expo. Just goes to show China likes to do it bigger and better than everyone else. Here's a virtual guide of it:

It's hard to find real photos of the event from the net, but from what I saw so far on the news it looks really impressive. The UK Pavilion got quite a lot of attention with its unique design, also known as the Seed Cathedral. The theme of the expo is "Better City, Better Life" so the event revolves around the environment and urban life. Also Jackie Chan sings the theme song for it. Seriously you'll never fail to miss him in any big events in China.

Here's the mascot for the expo called Haibao which suppose to resemble the Chinese character for 'human' or 'man'. It got into some controversy as it was accused of copying a well known American cartoon character called Gumby. Some say it looks like a blob of toothpaste, what do you think? To me I think it just looks rather rubbish, the 2008 Olympic mascots at least looked like the designers have given it some thoughts.

There are also other controversies as well like the plagiarizing of the promo song from a well known Japanese pop song, however it was eventually given permission by the original composer to use the song. China pavilion (pictured at the top) was accused of copying a Japanese pavilion design from a previous expo, but you have to consider that traditional Japanese architecture were greatly influenced by Chinese architecture itself, so it's debatable. Reports in the Hong Kong media showed visitors scuffling trying desperately to get hold of the tickets being given out on the opening day. Some even jump queues (often a stereotype of mainland Chinese), disregarding basic regulations (graffiti on the walls, sitting on railings) and securities getting into some very hectic situations with news reporters. Unfortunately brings out all the bad reputation of mainland China. But despite the shaky so far the event seems to be going smoothly.

Nevertheless, it's an exciting place to be.

For more info:
Expo 2010 Shanghai China

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