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Intro-Shanghai Expo 2010

The theme of Expo 2010 is "Better City, Better Life," representing the common wish of the whole humankind for a better living in future urban environments. This theme represents a central concern of the international community for future policy making, urban strategies and sustainable development. While only two per cent of the global population lived in cities in the year 1800, the figure has risen to over 50 per cent today and is forecast to increase.

The quest for a better life has run through the urban history of mankind. Through different sub-themes, Expo 2010 will create blueprints for future cities and harmonious urban life styles, providing an extraordinary educational and entertaining platform for visitors of all nations.

As during the last years Shanghai has gone through extreme changes and modernization it is the perfect city for this topic. Many inhabitants are former farmers who moved into the city in search for work and higher living standards and can therefore identify with it.

Also compared to the previous organizers of the Expo, this will be the first one presented by and in a developing country. This reflects the huge expectations of the future development of China and about its readiness for a change.

The Expo Site covers a total area of 5.28 square kilometers, including the enclosed area and outside areas of support facilities. The Expo Site spans both sides of the Huangpu River, with 3.93 sq km in Pudong and 1.35 sq km in Puxi. The enclosed area measures 3.28 sq km. There are 12 pavilion groups, eight in the Pudong Section and four in Puxi, each with an average area of 10–15 hectares.

So far, 191 countries and 48 International organizations have confirmed participation in Expo 2010 For the first time in history, the Shanghai 2010 Expo will feature a highly sophisticated online version called "Online Expo Shanghai".

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