Starting this Sunday at the Urban Footprint Pavilion, a commemorative exhibition on the 2010 Shanghai World Expo featuring the fair’s most noteworthy displays, offers visitors a chance to relive their favorite expo experiences. So for all expo survivors striving to repress the memory of slogging through the Chinese Pavilion’s nine hour lines on a sultry afternoon, only to finally settle for more accessible but less intriguing exhibits, this is for you!
The exhibition’s 20,000-square-meter exhibition area will showcase over 14,000 exhibits selected from more than 200 Expo pavilions, including such headliners as Spain’s lovable giant robot, Baby Miguelin, and the statue from the Thai pavilion. For 30 yuan, witnessing the expo’s resurrection may be a sweeter deal than attending its birth.
Plus, this time, people may be able to enjoy the exhibits without wasting away in stagnant queues. Yu Li, the exhibition’s chief designer and deputy operations commander, stated that the test run went rather smoothly without any rushing or congestion after the doors opened at 9 am. That’s a good omen for an event that’s expected to see 10,000 visitors a day (double that for weekends)!
The exhibition will be a teaser for an Expo Museum scheduled to open in 2012. “The museum will show developments in Expo history from 1851,” said Liu Xiuhua, curator of the Shanghai World Expo Museum.
And whilst on the expo topic, it behooves us to mention the return of the behemoth Saudi Arabia pavilion, which reopens this coming Wednesday. As the almost-sold-out 14,000 tickets suggest, the popularity of the expo juggernaut has not diminished in the slightest. And for over a 1 billion RMB investment in setting the thing up, it sure as hell shouldn’t. While we’re less than psyched to pay 60 yuan to witness this has-been, there’s no doubt in our mind the crowds will come piling in.
Several other pavilions are also geared to open, but few specifics have been released. The main question is how long does Shanghai want to wallow in the nostalgia?