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10 May highlights of Shanghai World Expo

10:32, June 02, 2010   By People's Daily Online

British Pavilion put on funny shows for visitors waiting in line to get into the pavilion or those in the plazas to help them relieve fatigue and anxiety through interactive activities.

The Shanghai World Expo, after operating for more than one month, is becoming increasingly enjoyable and pleasant to tourists. What has impressed you the most at the Expo Site? Here are 10 highlights of the Expo that may remind you of the wonderful and unforgettable moments.

The most romantic: French-style wedding

The French-style wedding was undoubtedly the most romantic activity held at the Expo site thus far. On May 11, a French-style wedding ceremony was held at the concert hall of the Expo Culture Center for 35 pairs of Chinese lovers in wedding dresses. Moreover, there will be three similar collective wedding ceremonies in June, September and October. These weddings will be extremely attractive to lovers.

The most beautiful: Snow in summer

Can you imagine that it actually snows in the South Korea Corporate Pavilion every day during this hot summer? According to organizers of this beautiful pavilion, they know that it seldom snows in Shanghai, so they have specially prepared such a heartwarming gift in hopes that tourists can feel happy when seeing the snow.

The most thrilling: 4-D movies

If you are timid, never watch a 4-D film at the Oil Pavilion in the Puxi section of the Expo Site. Watching these films, you can feel the airplane grazing your head, and the snake in the prehistoric forest biting your back and legs. The 4-D films produce wonderful effects so you can see, hear, touch and smell it. You will definitely feel immersed in the movie and sometimes yell out uncontrollably.

The most wonderful: The Argentine Tango

Xie Huan was watching the Tango in Argentina Pavilion. Standing in a corner of the overcrowded hall and staring at the young male and female dancers on stage, she broke into tears. After the show, all the visitors slowly left except Xie, who forced her way to the stage. She stood there exclaiming "So wonderful!" again and again.

The dancers are named Christian and Manuela. Christian said the dance does not need verbal communication. As he watched many Chinese people nodding and stamping their feet to the beat of music, he thought that they all understood.

The most interesting clown: Fran

British comedian Fran, who wears a swimming cap, a zebra suit and a floatation ring around his waist, can unexpectedly appear behind you at anytime. How can he not steal the spotlight?

Fran is a clown at the Bread and Butter Theatre Company in Britain, and his performance is to jump out from behind visitors who are taking pictures, giving them a surprise with funny faces.

This is the power brought by happiness. Some other performers in the British Pavilion will put on funny shows for visitors waiting in line to get into the pavilion or those in the plazas to help them relieve fatigue and anxiety through interactive activities.

The most thoughtful: Urban volunteer service stations

The urban volunteer service station in Fuxing Park is acknowledged as the most knowledgeable by visitors because it has a notebook that continues to record the questions that are asked. The volunteer service station near Printemps Department Store has prepared publicity brochures for tourists that contain information on food and beverage, shopping and accommodations.

The volunteer service station near a crossing on South Tibet Road in Puxi District has created two types of cardboard information guides. One is a tourist map of the Expo Park and the other contains suggestions on one, three and seven-day tours in the Expo Park.

The most typical national characteristics: Indian Pavilion

Start your trip to the Expo pavilions with national characteristics by visiting the Indian Pavilion

The antiqued Indian Pavilion is characterized by diversified religious features. The design of the green ceiling with deep red decorative patterns was inspired by the Great Stupa at Sanchi in India, one of the oldest and most intact Buddhist relics. The Tree of Life-shaped arch imitates a famous mosque built in the 16th century in India and the deep red exterior wall follows the style of India's noted Agra Fort.

However, despite such an "ancient" appearance, the Indian Pavilion has a "modern heart" – the air-conditioning and lighting systems are energy efficient, small-sized wind mills and solar batteries on the ceiling can fully utilize renewable energy. The entire pavilion is free from chemical substances and is eco-friendly.

The most inspiring: British Pavilion

Some people have said the design of the British Pavilion has revealed the ambitions of a long-established, developed country. Britain has taken the lead again in terms of originality and inspiration. Viewing the outside of the British Pavilion, visitors can see the pavilion looks like a park without a roof. Around 60,000 pieces of slim acrylic tubes that contain various types of plant seeds form a giant "Seed Cathedral." Each seed represents the many types of nature's hopes and the "Seed Cathedral" represents the innovative spirit of Britain.

The most playful pavilion: Russia Pavilion

A children's book called "The Adventures of DUNNO and His Friends," is the inspiration behind the design of the Russian Pavilion. "The best city should be the favorite city of the children," said Straskov, the general representative of the Russian delegation.

In fact, fairytales are everywhere at the Shanghai World Expo, such as the "Little Mermaid" at the Denmark Pavilion, the "Smurfs" at the Belgium Pavilion within the EU Pavilion, "Pippi Longstocking" in the Sweden Pavilion and the mole in Czech Republic Pavilion. Children can have a wonderful time on Children's Day at the Shanghai World Expo.

The happiest pavilion: Netherlands Pavilion

The Netherlands Pavilion is a place that can make people happy just like its name, "Happy Street." Walking in the Netherlands Pavilion is just like walking in an amusement park and you can freely enter the pavilion from different locations. Even more interesting, blocks of small buildings extend in all directions with the rise of the ramp. Visitors can experience the Netherlands' innovation in space, energy and water every time they pass an exhibition or a window.

"These blocks of small buildings are just like ripe apples hanging on the 'Happy Street,'" said John Kormeling, the designer of the Netherlands Pavilion.    (Extracted By Sean)