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!
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!
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!
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.
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?!).
Nevertheless, enjoy exploring the Shanghai Expo 2010!