China 2010: Expo 2010 Shanghai China

The last destination of the China trip was to Shanghai to check out Expo 2010. With anywhere between 400,000 to 500,000 people attending the event daily, it was nearly impossible to get inside any of the pavilions without having to wait 3 to 4 hours in line! Of course we opted not to do that and just walked around the outside checking out the various pavilions and their designs. Unfortunately with that many visitors it was nearly impossible to take any decent photos either (no good vantage points to be found anywhere!), which was quite frustrating. And being frustrated on a hot and humid summer day where you have to make your way through half a million other people to get around is just never a good situation to be in. I think I’ve definitely made my last trip to China during the summertime. Anyhow, below are photos of some pavilions that I snapped. The theme of the exposition is “Better City, Better Life.”

This was at the entrance:

The large China Pavilion along with the smaller Macau Pavilion with the rabbit head:


Romania’s “green city”:

Iceland (nothing fancy here, but still commendable for showing up in the midst of their financial crisis):

Same goes for Greece:

Latvia definitely brought it:

Finland (aka the only country to pay its debts to the USA for World War I):

Switzerland (with a roller-coaster ride at the top):


Leave it to the French to come up with the “sensual city” theme:


The United Kingdom Pavilion (this was the best photo I could take; to get a photo of the entire pavilion I would have needed to wait in line for 4 hours to get through the gates! You can check out the design here too):

Italy’s design is inspired by the game of “pick-up sticks”:

Japan (I believe the design is a silkworm):


Came across the float parade:

Nepal representing!

Saudi Arabia definitely has the cash to be representing:

India also in the house:

The Republic of Korea came packing some mean heat too:

Inside the Vietnam Pavilion:

The line was the longest for Japan’s silkworm:

Taiwan had themselves an impressive pavilion as well:

Macau again on the left  (I’ve no idea what the one on the right is):

Next to Macau on the left is Hong Kong:

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