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Strategy for 3 Days Shanghai Expo Tour
Line up to go through ticket pre-check, security check and ticket verification before entering the Expo Site at about 8:30 am at the Yaohua Rd Entrance. At 9:00 am, you approach at the reservation machine to make an appointment for a visiting time at the China Pavilion (there are about 200 machines in total in the entrances of the site and the volunteers will teach you how to operate it). Please take your document and ticket for the reservation and keep the reservation vouchers well. For other pavilions, individual travelers visiting the exhibition halls must make on-the-spot reservations. But it would not be necessary to make reservation by yourself if you book expo tours from travel agencies.
Then you can start your first day visiting. Walking along the Expo Axis to the end, you can arrive in the Celebration Square where grand opening ceremony will be held daily. After the ceremony, you can visit the Expo Center first and appreciate the daily opening ceremony for the national pavilion. You could see some celebrities there if you are lucky.
Next go to the Theme Pavilions, which is consisted by four sub-pavilions: the urban pavilion, life pavilion, Earth pavilion, and the pavilion for public participation. It is recommended that you line up to visit the less crowded one first. There are two visiting routes at each venue: a fast channel and a slow channel. The former is dedicated to those tourists who sightsee quite rapidly. It is recommended that visitors take the slow channel when visiting the main pavilions and the country pavilions.
After you finish visiting the theme pavilions, it would be lunch time. Right between the World Expo Center and the theme pavilions, there is a China Gourmet Street, in which special foods from 31 provinces, cities, autonomous regions, and municipalities of China, are available: all eight major cuisines of China can be found there.
Finishing lunch, you can go to the Culture Center to see performances. There are two free shows performed by the China Oriental Song and Dance Ensemble (National Song and Dance Ensemble) at the Culture Center every day, and you'd better check the time before going there.
After feasting your eyes and ears at the Culture Center, walk in the direction of the China Pavilion to visit the Taiwan Pavilion first. The Taiwan Pavilion features LED Dome lights, designed by the same designer of Taipei 101 Building.
By the time you leave the Taiwan Pavilion, it will be around 13:30. It is a goodtime
to queue at the China Pavilion, please be prepared for the long queue. But do not
worry about the sunburn because the sunshine is kept off by the China Pavilion on
account of its distinct design, technically called "sun-shading by itself."
After entering the China Pavilion, take the elevator up to the 49-meter story, which has the following highlights: Firstly, there is a circle of toughened glass floor similar to that of the Oriental Pearl Tower. Beneath your feet, you can see the high Awaiting Square. Secondly, you must watch a nice film directed by Lu Chuan (one of the most talented young directors in China). Thirdly, Riverside Scene at Qingming Festival (Qingmingshanghe Painting), a famous Chinese painting — more than 100 meters long is also on display on this level. Interestingly, the figures in this painting appear to be moving! After you finish visiting the 49-meter story, you can go down to the 41-meter story, where you can enjoy a different tour by taking the tourist track car, and it is definitely worth it! Finally, there is the 33-meter storey, where you can see what environment you are to live in in future by learning about the prospective low-carbon city life in China.
The provincial and city pavilions nearby, covering 600 square meters each, all share unique features. Then you may visit the Macao Pavilion and Hong Kong Pavilion. On top of the Macao Pavilion, you can lie down and watch a film that is projected on the ceiling.
After finish visiting the Chinese pavilions, return to the gateway, but please take a break first instead of leaving immediately. Later, you can head east to the Oman Pavilion, Pakistan Pavilion, Israel Pavilion and the Sri Lanka Pavilion. The first three pavilions are self-built pavilions, while the last one is leasing.
Afterwards, you will encounter with the thousand-year-old Buddhist relics in the Nepal Pavilion after crossing the road. The India Pavilion is right beside the Nepal Pavilion, followed by the Saudi Arabia Pavilion- the most expensive foreign pavilion (with a total investment of 1.5 billion yuan) in the Expo. The largest IMAX cinema is located in this pavilion.
Then visit the Morocco Pavilion in a shape of "glass case." Beside the Morocco Pavilion are the Turkmenistan and Qatar pavilions, two leasing pavilions, which you can visit quickly. Then you will see a "sand dune"-the UAE Pavilion, which is really worth visiting. And the UAE Pavilion will be reconstructed in Abu Dhabi after the expo.
It must be late afternoon, take a rest and buy yourself some refreshment. The tap
water in the Expo is drinkable. Food stores can be found every five minutes.
Then take an evening walk to the national pavilions of Lebanon, Iran, North Korea, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan (a self-built pavilion). All the self-built pavilions in the expo site are highly recommended.
Across the road lie two sightworthy pavilions, the Japanese Pavilion and South Korean pavilion. In between there is the Vietnam Pavilion and the joint Asian Pavilion, which you only need to glance over.
During your walking along the Expo Boulevard in the direction of the Culture Center, you will meet with parade if luck favors you. You can walk to the Celebration Square to see the pavilion-closing ceremony.
We recommend that you arrive at the Expo Park at 8:30 am and enter the Park from the Gate on the Changqing Road. Just like the first day, the first thing to do is to make reservations for the most popular pavilions. You are advised to make appointments to visit the pavilions of the U.S., the U.K., Belgium, France and Switzerland in the afternoon or evening.
Starting from the entrance on Changqing Road, the Thailand Pavilion
is just on your right side. The building complex in front of the Thailand Pavilion
is the worth-seeing Australia Pavilion. To the right of the Australia
Pavilion is the round music box-shaped Singapore Pavilion, adjacent
to the Malaysia Pavilion. Then you come to the New Zealand
Pavilion, where you will be attracted by a depiction of the beautiful
New Zealand. The pavilion's special effects were designed by the crew who designed
for the film "Lord of the Rings". Stepping out of the New Zealand Pavilion, you
will find a building with bamboo shoots piercing out of its roof-the Indonesia
Pavilion. Between the New Zealand Pavilion and the Indonesia Pavilion
lies the Cambodia Pavilion. After visiting these pavilions, you
may go visit the Joint Pavilion Of the International Organizations,
the Brunei Pavilion and the Pavilion of the Philippines.
Then walk over the skywalk and towards the Huangpu River until you meet the must-see blue United Nations Pavilion and its adjacent splendid World Meteorological Organization Pavilion (the only self-built pavilion among the international organization pavilions). Going ahead, you will see the Pavilion of the Red Cross, which is also worth a visit. Right beside the Red Cross Pavilion is a light blue building, the joint pavilion for the Pacific Oceania nations, which you can visit quickly. In the direction of the UN Pavilion are the pavilions of the World Trade Center and the International Information Center. If people there are few, you may visit them.
Now it should be lunch time. Have a feast because the tour in the afternoon is fairly amazing.
Across the Changqing Road next to the United Nations Pavilion, you will see a rattan basket, which is in fact the Spanish Pavilion. You shouldn't miss it. Beside the Leisure Square at the entrance, there are leasing Serbia and Monaco pavilions, which you can skip visiting. On the other side of the Leisure Square is the Belgium-European Union Pavilion, where free chocolate is offered. If you already know a lot about Europe, participate in the European trivia contest. From Monday to Saturday each week, lucky winners will win diamonds; while on Sundays, the alluring prizes are free trips to Europe. Next to the Belgium Pavilion is the Poland Pavilion, which is worth a visit. From there, you can take the cable car along the Huangpu River to the Switzerland Pavilion, the glistening facade faces of which can transform wind and light into electricity. So you can contribute to its electricity by taking photos with camera flash. Right next to the Switzerland Pavilion is the France Pavilion, which possesses many art treasures, including Auguste Rodin's "The Bronze Age". In addition, 2,010 couples will hold their grand romantic France-style wedding ceremonies inside the pavilion during the expo. Near the France Pavilion and next to the Poland Pavilion lies the German Pavilion with a ball in it. The ball will swing if you shout loudly. Moreover, there are a lot of interactive exhibition items in the pavilion.
After touring the Germany Pavilion, you can reach the Ireland Pavilion through Beihuan Road. Just take a quick look at it and then head for the Norway Pavilion. The Norway Pavilion is constructed with a combination of Norwegian pine and Chinese bamboo. The Ukraine Pavilion and Iceland Pavilion deserve a brief tour as well. Then there is the Sweden Pavilion, whose four "boxes" are all recommended for sightseeing. The next one is the Denmark Pavilion. There, you can have a special Danish bicycle trial as the bike there is only the front brake, when step back the pedal it will be stopped in the back. Denmark's national treasures- the Little Mermaid statue will also on the stage. The Finland Pavilion stands beside the Denmark Pavilion, offering good services and showpieces. Across from the Denmark and Finland pavilions are the Latvia and Estonia pavilions.
Finish visiting the Finland Pavilion, you can pass the overpass and reach the leasing Portugal Pavilion, Slovak Pavilion and Czech Pavilion at the other end. The Czech Pavilion is not bad. Beyond it are Europe Joint Pavilion I, Europe Joint Pavilion II, Hungary Pavilion, Bosnia and Herzegovina Pavilion and Belarus Pavilion. You can miss them if time is limited.
Exiting the Hungary Pavilion and crossing Xiying Road, you will see the Caribbean
Joint Pavilion, with Cuba Pavilion in the opposite
side. Both of them can be visited roughly. Next to the Cuba Pavilion stands the
Venezuela Pavilion. In the Chile Pavilion, there
is a well. The Mexico Pavilion stands beside the Chile Pavilion,
and across it you can see the Canada Pavilion, in which Cirque
du Soleil is performing wonderful shows. Delicious foods are provided in the
Peru Pavilion, and then there are the Colombia and
Brazil pavilions. The Joint Pavilion of Central and South American
Countries was transformed from the former Shanghai Third Steel
and Iron Factory, which is quite fascinating. You can also go to the USA Pavilion,
where there is a waterfall and a big screen at the entrance. Inside the pavilion,
the 4D multimedia cinema produces the wind blowing and raining effects.
The restaurant in the USA Pavilion is a good place for dinner with plenty supporting services around.
After visiting the USA Pavilion, you can take a look at a series of leasing pavilions,
such as the Argentina Pavilion, Slovenia Pavilion,
South Africa Pavilion, Egypt Pavilion, Tunisia
Pavilion, Algeria Pavilion, Angola Pavilion,
Nigeria Pavilion, Libya Pavilion, Lithuania
Pavilion, and Croatia Pavilion. After visiting these,
the Russia Pavilion is recommended because of its 12 irregularly
shaped towers. Then a bitten apple-shaped building- Romania Pavilion
comes into view. Please enjoy a movie there. Next, visit Austria,
Netherlands and Luxembourg Pavilions. The Italy Pavilion
is quite nice, and it is constructed of transparent concrete. Besides the Italy
Pavilion is the majestic United Kingdom Pavilion. Small it is,
the UK Pavilion is really beautiful: millions of shining whiskers swing with the
wind, a Crystal Palace.
At last, you can finish your second day tour at Africa Joint Pavilion, where African market can be seen.
The commercial pavilions in the Puxi Area have also played an important role in previous World Expos. And in this expo, the Urban Best Practices Area (UBPA) has been established, where the masses can understand the great efforts that each country has made to promote urban living standards.
Just like before, your third day of visiting the Expo should begin at the entrance of the Expo Park at 8:30 a.m. Then take subway line 8 and get off at the Xizang South Road Station, and you will see the biggest entrance of the Puxi World Expo Park Site.
The first building you will see in Puxi Area is the Jiangnan Shipbuilding Museum, through which you can see the shipbuilding history of China and the ship model took by Zheng He (a great navigator who voyaged to western seas for seven times in Ming Dynasty and make good relationship between China and many foreign countries).
After leaving the China Ship Museum and crossing Nanpu Bridge, you should visit the Chinese Private Enterprise Pavilion, which houses demonstrations by Chinese private corporations such as Alibaba and Macalline. After this, you can see what China cities will look like in 2049 in the hay-shaped Wanke Pavilion (made of concentrated whet straws). Besides the Wanke Pavilion stands the Broad (Yuanda) Pavilion, a major Chinese manufacturer of air-conditioning system. Both the architecture style and design of the Broad Pavilion have embodied environmental protection concept. This eight-story building was constructed in a single day with only 1% construction waste.
The Urban Best Practices Area (UBPA) is the next place for sightseeing and the rest of the commercial pavilions can be appreciated in the afternoon. The exhibits provided by Osaka, Taipei, Sao Paulo and Rotterdam all deserve a visit.
Ascending the overpass, you will see the northern construction exhibits area, the
highlight of UBPA, just next to Zhongshan South Road. This area possesses the "Shanghai
Eco-house" (telling the renovation of modern living environment) and the century-old
Decheng'an Pawnshop of Macao. In Jin Yong Library, you favorite knight-errant may
turn up (Jin Yong is a famous Chinese martial-arts novelist); if you are lucky,
you may come across Jin Yong signing and selling books. In addition, Daming Palace
of Tang Dynasty of Xi'an and the Tengtou Village of Ningbo are also worth a visit.
Among the foreign pavilions, the Zero-carbon Buildings of London, the Hamburg Home of Hamburg, the Tent City of Mecca in Saudi Arabia and the Bamboo Building of Madrid are all recommended.
By the way, the Urban Best Practices Area (UBPA) is an exhibit itself; whose lighting effects were original designed by Lyons, France.
Take the overpass again to return to the southern streets, you will see the World City Square. You can relax under tents equipped with large awnings costing two million yuan each. In the middle of the square there is a stage where you can enjoy shows on the stage, including the human pyramid of Barcelona. The Pavilion of the Future is under the chimney, which can be visited in the afternoon after lunch. The recommended restaurant in the nearby Pavilion of Future next to the overpass is the largest one in Puxi area.
The first stop in the afternoon is the Pavilion of Future. Inside the building, the living conditions in future cities are explained, and today's urban living problems are shown in the "Future of the Past" section.
After the Pavilion of Future tour, we suggest that you go back to the commercial pavilions to see the Chinese Aviation Pavilion, Information and Communication Pavilion, and SAIC-GM Pavilion. The Chinese Aviation Pavilion is shaped like a cloud, and you can have a flight tour experience there; The Information and Communication Pavilion is constructed by China Mobile and China Telecom, and there you can learn the true essence of infinite communication in the information age; The SAIC-GM Pavilion can provide you an opportunity to understand the urban traffic situation in 2030.
Next, enjoy shows at the Expo Square or have fun beside the old dockyard of the original Jiangnan Shipyard. You may enjoy visiting the Aurora Pavilion, the top choice for the expo tour, where you can see exhibitions of Chinese jade. Where there is city, there is railway. The China Railway Pavilion standing beside the exit of the Aurora Pavilion is fascinating to travelers. The Shanghai Corporate Joint Pavilion, whose artistic director is Mr. Yu Qiuyu (a famous writer in China), has splendid views. The surface of the building is like a Compact Disc, while inside the building many hi-tech elements are on display. A more advanced robotic Haibao stands there to welcome you.
You can take a break and have meal at Jiangnan Park. In the evening, you can visit the Coca-Cola Pavilion in a shape of a gigantic Coke bottle. The Space Home Pavilion demonstrates the most advanced space technologies. The State Grid Pavilion possesses some interactive demonstrations of its original design (you can make online reservation to visit this pavilion). The big screen of the China National Petroleum Corporation Pavilion is just outside the exit of State Grid Pavilion. Adjacent to Huangpu River, the ROK (Korea) Corporate Joint Pavilion is a good place to take pictures and the building materials will be made into reusable bags for Shanghai citizens after the Expo.
Finally, you are advised to learn about the 160-year history of the World Expo in the Shanghai World Expo Museum. Then see the past of the cities in the Urban Civilization Pavilion. The Japanese Industry Pavilion is quite near to the Pavilion of Urban Civilization, which will surely not disappoint you since Japan has always paid great attention to World Expos.
You can exit the Expo from Luban Road, which will put you near Lupu Bridge. Then,
take subway line 4, bus lines 17, 36 or 146 to leave.
The above is our recommended route for your three-day World Expo tour. Remember to make online reservations for the pavilions that are available. Enjoy a big Expo 2010 Shanghai feast then! If you had time, learn more about Shanghai and other cities of China. There will be something unexpected waiting for you!