The 5 most amazing Pavilions of Shanghai World Expo

For all those people who are getting ready to get out of Singapore for a weekend and reach Shanghai for the World Expo, here is some amusing news, which may interest you. There are 150 pavilions which are going to be visited by more than 70 million tourists and visitors. This is a six-month long Expo, so you can enjoy the better city better life theme. With 190 countries participating in this world Expo, this is going to be a spectacular spectacular, as they say in the vernacular.

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UK Hedgehog Pavilion

The UK hedgehog pavilion has been designed by the Thomas Heatherwick studio. 60,000 transparent and slim acrylic rods pierce the structure. The most amazing part is that every single Rod has one variety of seed featured on top of it. So go and explore the natural heritage of mother Earth, and its bounty found in the UK! Well, if we are going towards extinction of all the plant species through pollution, at the end of the 21st century, we can at least say that some seeds (60,000) were saved! Visitors are rather awestruck, but other more conventional guys think this architectural idea to be completely way out of the world!

More Information about the British Pavilion can be found here!

Philippines Pavilion

If you think that diamonds are forever, this is the pavilion to visit, though of course you are not going to see original diamonds. But the transparent material, which is used to make up the exterior surface of this pavilion, is cut into diamond shapes. These shapes keep swinging in the wind, and keep changing, too. So, you can spend half and are standing there, just looking at the different shapes and visual effects. The outer walls have a number of collages. Go into the pavilion and enjoy art performances, folk music, local music, ensemble, and rock music on special stages, which are going to change, according to the performance. And then make sure that you enjoy the hydrotherapy treatment in the pavilion and come out all refreshed and silky smooth!

More Information about the Philippines Pavilion can be found here!

Swiss Pavilion

Remember to visit this on August 12, because it is going to be this pavilion’s Day. The theme is urban and rural interaction. So for all those who are under the impression that Switzerland is made up of sound of music locales, bankers with integrity and cheese, here is the time to look at sustainable development the Swiss way.
The most outstanding element is of course the chair lift taking you to the roof garden. Ride a cable car, and watch the Alps in an IMAX film, while enjoying the lighting by the LED lights!

More Information about the Swiss Pavilion can be found here!

Chinese Liaoning Pavilion

This blue metal pavilion is breathtaking, because it is made up of steel to reflect the natural beauty of the Liaoning seacoast. With flowers and birds fossils, and a model of the Sinosauropteryx, the first fossils to be found in China, look at the charm of the cities in Liaoning through 4D cinematic images.

More Information about the Chinese Pavilion can be found here!

Denmark Pavilion

Last but not the least, the Denmark Pavilion with its Little mermaid theme and a double spiral is going to fascinate the smaller fry. The pavilion can be considered to be a fairytale pavilion with different chapters telling the stories of 3 cities of Denmark, their people and the technology, which they are using. So life can be a fairytale, especially when it is a harmonious conjunction between nature and humans. (Yup, that is all very fine, but Anderson’s Little mermaid was not a happy story, was it?!).

More Information about the Denmark Pavilion can be found here!

Nevertheless, enjoy exploring the Shanghai Expo 2010!



Germany and China - Moving Ahead Together

Among all the vast pavilions at the EXPO in Shanghai, one construction shines out with its design and theme. The German-Chinese House is made of bamboo and unites Germany and China under one roof. It is the only bi-national cooperation at the EXPO.

It is the closing and the highlight of the three-year event series “Germany and China – Moving Ahead Together”. More than one million people have attended exhibitions, conferences, performances and festivals during “Germany and China – Moving Ahead Together”, which was Germany’s largest event series abroad. It is under the patronage of German president Horst Köhler and Chinese president Hu Jintao.

Between the fall of 2007 and the fall of 2009, “Germany and China – Moving Ahead Together” made stops in five important Chinese regional metropolises. Under the main theme of “sustainable urbanisation,” Chinese and German experts from politics, business, city planning and education worked on finding common solutions to global issues and, in dialogue with citizens, developed visions for modern life in large cities during the 21st century. This interaction created a new impetus for German-Chinese cooperation as well as concrete ideas for a “better life in better cities.”

EXPO 2010 in Shanghai is the sixth and last station. As the only participant at the EXPO that is not a country, city, region, international organisation or company, this event series will present itself from May 1 until June 30 at the EXPO with the “German-Chinese House”. Inside the house an interactive city game will invite visitors to build their own city while exploring key themes about urbanisation. In the “Forum” of the German Pavilion “balancity,” located just a few minutes away by foot from “German-Chinese House”, “Germany and China – Moving Ahead Together” will present lively examples of the German-Chinese exchanges of experiences. The accompanying program includes the “Urban Academy,” where experts, scientists and artists will meet to exchange ideas, and a diverse cultural offering with German-Chinese contributions running the gamut from pop music to opera.

Sustainable and spectacular – The ”German-Chinese House”

The two-storey house of “Germany and China – Moving Ahead Together” is made of Julong bamboo. Bamboo is a fast-growing raw material and therefore particularly environmentally friendly. It is also a gentle material on other resources. Artist Markus Heinsdorff linked this construction material, which has been used as a construction material for centuries in China, with modern technologies. In doing so, he marries the traditional with high tech. For the “German-Chinese House”, he used eight-meter-long bamboo canes from South China. The house with 330 square meters of walk-on area is not only environmentally friendly but also mobile: it can be completely dismantled and reassembled in another setting.

“Moving Ahead Together – the interactive city game“

“Build your city” is the theme in the “German-Chinese House”. An interactive city game reveals the challenges of urbanisation processes before the eyes of visitors. In cooperation with the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) in Beijing, the RWTH Aachen, Germany’s largest technical university integrated the Chinese tradition of shadow play with modern computer technology.

In small groups, visitors of “German-Chinese House” step in front of a screen and see their moving and hopping shadows reflected on the wall. Intelligent software transforms the outlines of each body into houses, trees, electricity and water. It is as if the figures were created by a ghost’s hand. In real time, entire city quarters are created which grow together with each new group of visitors into an even larger city. At the end of the game, each group receives a code and can download “their” city block from the Internet. The accompanying exhibition “Best Practices“ gives visitors insight into the different aspects of “Germany and China – Moving Ahead Together” that are important for a sustainable urban development: urban development, architecture, energy provision, water, mobility and health.

German-Chinese Event – The “Urban Academy“

How does the city of the future look? What does sustainable urbanisation mean? Chinese and Germany architects, scientists and artists will discuss these questions during workshops and conferences held by the “Urban Academy.” They will take place in Shanghai as a complementary program to the EXPO and end in September in the Himalaya Museum with an exhibition about the best urbanisation projects in China.

A platform for intercultural dialogue –The Faces of “Germany and China – Moving Ahead Together” in the “Forum” of the German Pavilion

Mutual trust, laughing together, learning from each other and searching together for solutions for the future – these are the foundations for successful cooperation. The “Forum” in “balancity”, the German Pavilion at the EXPO 2010, is the link between Germany and China and stands for dialogue and exchange of information and ideas. It tells stories of individuals and their very personal German-Chinese encounters.

The platform shows participants of the events series, including musicians Tobias Escher and Li Tianlong (aka “Jazz Boy“) and building experts Dr. Zhang Hui and Professor Hans-Peter Leimer. Jens and Yanyan, balanscity’s escorts, show themselves in their true colors in this exhibition. This provides insights into different aspects of “Germany and China – Moving Ahead Together” that are important for sustainable urban development: city planning, architecture and construction, protection of nature, transportation, education, social systems and urban life and culture.

During the last three years, Chinese and Germans have learned more about each other through the event series. The exhibition makes clear that “Germany and China – Moving Ahead Together” has become a platform for sharing and exchanging ideas and information — for experts, artists, citizens, scientists, teachers and entrepreneurs across national, cultural and language boundaries. Today we realize more clearly than ever: only together can we master the challenges of the city of the future

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