Expo 2010 Visit Expo 2010 in Shanghai from May 1 to Oct 31. http://www.lunch.com/expo2010 <![CDATA[ After the Expo, here comes the grassroots' vengeance!]]>
Shanghaiist is owned by an American company (Gothamist LLC - no prize for figuring out where this leads!) which also operates other city blogs like BostonChicagoLASan Francisco and DC. Alternatively, if you are in Canada, check out Torontoist.

I enjoy Shanghaiist for its candor and humorous (aka naughty) way of presenting the news in the city. It doesn't cover as much political news as it does the entertainment and food picks of the city. Shanghaiist doesn't censor sensitive news as the Chinese media is often obliged to, mostly because it's possibly not hosted in China! Its editor is American and some of its writers are from Singapore and the surrounding regions.

It's latest stint? Reporting the Sperm Collecting Machine: Chinese Innovation at its best! Now, that's scandalous, you say? Not! It's for real... take a look!



If that's not queer enough for you, how about an automatic hairy crab vending machine?



Now, that's what I call interesting news coverage!!! 
Anything is possible & commercially viable in China! 
Watch out, America! You no longer dominates where innovation is concerned! ;-)]]>
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<![CDATA[Shanghai Pudong International Airport Quick Tip by Sharrie]]> http://www.lunch.com/airtravel/reviews/d/UserReview-Shanghai_Pudong_International_Airport-129-1437426-205837.html http://www.lunch.com/airtravel/reviews/d/UserReview-Shanghai_Pudong_International_Airport-129-1437426-205837.html Thu, 14 Apr 2011 01:34:12 +0000 <![CDATA[Best Designed Pavilions (Architecture)]]> http://www.lunch.com/expo2010/Lists-241-2603-Best_Designed_Pavilions_Architecture_.html http://www.lunch.com/expo2010/Lists-241-2603-Best_Designed_Pavilions_Architecture_.html Mon, 27 Sep 2010 15:48:20 +0000 <![CDATA[Danish Pavilion (Expo 2010) Quick Tip by Sharrie]]> http://www.lunch.com/expo2010/reviews/d/UserReview-Danish_Pavilion_Expo_2010_-241-1444191-154192.html http://www.lunch.com/expo2010/reviews/d/UserReview-Danish_Pavilion_Expo_2010_-241-1444191-154192.html Mon, 13 Sep 2010 12:14:14 +0000 <![CDATA[Czech Pavilion (Expo 2010) Quick Tip by Sharrie]]> http://www.lunch.com/expo2010/reviews/d/UserReview-Czech_Pavilion_Expo_2010_-241-1444190-154191.html http://www.lunch.com/expo2010/reviews/d/UserReview-Czech_Pavilion_Expo_2010_-241-1444190-154191.html Mon, 13 Sep 2010 12:12:26 +0000 <![CDATA[Switzerland Pavilion (Expo 2010) Quick Tip by Sharrie]]> http://www.lunch.com/expo2010/reviews/d/UserReview-Switzerland_Pavilion_Expo_2010_-241-1444322-154190.html http://www.lunch.com/expo2010/reviews/d/UserReview-Switzerland_Pavilion_Expo_2010_-241-1444322-154190.html Mon, 13 Sep 2010 12:06:27 +0000 <![CDATA[Hanlinxuan Shark's Fin Seafood Restaurant, Shanghai (翰林轩鱼翅海鲜酒家) Quick Tip by Sharrie]]> http://www.lunch.com/lifeinchina/reviews/restaurant/UserReview-Hanlinxuan_Shark_s_Fin_Seafood_Restaurant_Shanghai_-140-1434614-154188.html http://www.lunch.com/lifeinchina/reviews/restaurant/UserReview-Hanlinxuan_Shark_s_Fin_Seafood_Restaurant_Shanghai_-140-1434614-154188.html Mon, 13 Sep 2010 12:01:27 +0000 <![CDATA[Spain Pavilion (Expo 2010) Quick Tip by Sharrie]]> http://www.lunch.com/expo2010/reviews/d/UserReview-Spain_Pavilion_Expo_2010_-241-1444320-154187.html http://www.lunch.com/expo2010/reviews/d/UserReview-Spain_Pavilion_Expo_2010_-241-1444320-154187.html Mon, 13 Sep 2010 11:58:14 +0000 <![CDATA[ The Robot Violinist]]> Japan Pavilion is my most favorite pavilion. Before I arrived at the Expo, this is one pavilion I must see, regardless of the time I’ve to queue for it. I Love Japan! And having been to the country more than 2 dozen times, I know even before I visit the Expo that the Japanese pavilion would be one of the most innovative, creative and best designed of them all. After having checked its official site, I’m sure it’d be a blast. Still, going to the expo requires a huge amount of stamina. And, I must admit I don’t have that much of it after my initial night trip to the Expo. This Expo has to be the biggest of them all in its history & also the most crowded with more than ¼ million visitors per day! I was prepared for queuing but was not prepared to do so for almost every single standing pavilion!
 
China, Japan, France, Germany, U.S.A. & Saudi Arabia are a few of the most popular pavilions in this Expo. Each one requires a minimum of 2 hours queue in the day & some as much as 4.5 hours (Saudi’s)!
 
Some background facts about Japan Pavilion:
Theme: Harmony of the Hearts, Harmony of the Skills
Highlights: Breathing Organism
National Pavilion Day: 12 June
Pavilion Area: Around 6,000 Square Meters 
Location: Within Zone A of the Expo site 
 
Official Website
 
One of the best strategies to enjoy the Expo to the fullest is to familiarize oneself with the plan of the site. Other than knowing where each country pavilion is, it helps to cut down the time spend looking for what interest you. In addition, try to read up the official site of each pavilion you intend to visit. By doing so, you will at least be able to appreciate what the country of origin wish to convey and display. Japan did a great official site to pre-empt the visitors with what there will be at its site.
 
Eco Breathing Architecture
It all started with a basic concept. Each architecture in Expo has its distinctive idea. For Japan, it’s that of a “structure that breathes like a living organism”. Its design is that of large roofs which creates “a distinct exterior that appears to be alive”. In the morning, it looks like a pink structure while at night reddish violet. “This color is viewed as a natural color that arises from the harmony of red, symbolizing the sun, and blue, symbolizing the water. The outer covering changes to highlight and complement changes in daylight or at night, so that the movement of nature can be felt.”
 
[For those who are interested in architecture and would like to know more about environmental technology and ecotube, you can read more here.]
 
Japan Pavilion is separated into 3 distinctive zones. Visitors go through historical connections Japan had with China and extend towards the future.
 
Zone 1 entails a walk down memory lane. It depicts cultural impact on Japan from the Tang Dynasty in the 7th & 8th century. Here, it’s merely a light stroll with pictorial delights. Nothing very fanciful and difficult for the throng of visitors to truly enjoy as it’s just too crowded to stop and stand to look. Move along, that’s the push…
 
Zone 2 involves nature an seasons. Cities and environmental problems are highlightedand new technologies in solving these problems are showcased. Hands on display and models are exhibited and offer visitors a taste of the ‘real’ Japan.
 
Zone 3 is where all the actions are. This is where technology plays a part and where Japan excels. This is also what going to Expo should be about. Not the long extended queuing, not the huge slabs of architecture (without much substance inside for most of them) but what technology brings about changes in lifestyle. This is my idea of a World Expo!




 
In Zone 3, 3 important exhibits:
  1. Robotic musical display. A life size robot playing the violin is a novelty to all visitors, especially those living in China. It's one of the many WOW factors in this Expo!
  2. Video Imagery. Giant screens which changes the landscapes of your walls, a ‘jumbo’ camera which captures faraway images to its precision. In addition, the futuristic iReal ‘car’ which looks more like a ‘wheel’chair than a car! I look forward to the days when iReal will be in the market as a transportation tool and one which does not power on petroleum but by some green energy!
  3. Musical show. It’s a combo of Japanese Noh & Chinese Kunqu drama. I didn’t appreciate it as much as I’d have appreciated the iReal that the performers are seated on!


 
Zone 3 showcases technological advances which all viewers could look forward to. This is the area where you’d want to spend the bulk of your time in and marvel at how life could be in future!


Exhibits in Zone 3: http://shanghai.expo-japan.jp/en/exhibition/zone3/
 
 
P.S. This is the only Expo Pavilion I was at which does NOT allow photography. But, the crowd just couldn't resist themselves and by the time everyone gets into zone 3 and the robot started playing the violin, not a single soul cares about what's allowed or not allowed ;-) That's life in China. When the crowd is having herd instinct, in no way can the organizers stop a maddening crowd!

What were they thinking anyway? So much goodies and not allowing visitors to take pictures? That's insane!!! ;) 
 
For those with extra cash to spend, you might be interested in an authentic Japanese restaurant within this pavilion which is said to serve a course of dinner for some RMB 3000 per person! Check it out and let me know if it's any good! I might just give it a try sometime in September!

>>> Yamazato Restaurant: http://shanghai.expo-japan.jp/en/exhibition/restaurant/]]>
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<![CDATA[ Crazy Expo!]]>  
Here’s a summary of my experience with the Expo, this being the first one I had visited.
 
Do miss it if:
  • You hate to walk. (It covers an area of 5.28 sq. km with 180 countries participating!)
  • You hate to queue.
  • You are not interested in architecture.
  • You’ve no interest in learning about other cultures.
  • You cannot understand Chinese.
 
Don’t miss it if:
  • You are traveling in China.
  • You live in China or Asia.
  • You love taking pictures.
  • You love to eat.
  • You like crowd.
 
Essentially, I feel this is the Expo for the Chinese people. Many of the pavilions do not have English speaking programs. One example is Australia pavilion. Its entire film show is in Chinese! Good thing I’m proficient in both English & Chinese. I did wonder how the foreign western audiences feel though. Having said that, I haven’t seen many foreigners at this Expo. In fact, we met only a group of tourists from Windsor, Canada. The rest were individuals who probably live in China or are working in China!

Spain Pavilion
 
Pavilions I Visited (i.e. managed to enter)

Theme Pavilions
  • Pavilion of City Being
 
Asia Joint Pavilions
  • Afghanistan
  • Bangladesh
  • Jordan
  • Maldives
  • Mongolia
  • Palestine
  • Syrian
  • Timor-Leste
 
ASIA
  • DPR Korea
  • Indonesia
  • Iran
  • Japan
  • Lebanon
  • Nepal
  • Qatar
  • Uzbekistan
 
EUROPE
  • Belarus
  • Belgium-EU
  • Bosnia & Herzegovina
  • Czech
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • Italy
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Mexico
  • Netherlands
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Serbia
  • Slovakia
  • Spain
  • Switzerland
  • UK
 
Europe Joint Pavilions
  • Cyprus
  • Malta
  • Bulgaria
  • Georgia
  • Moldova
 
AFRICA
  • Morocco
  • Tunisia
 
Africa Joint Pavilion
  • Botswana
  • Eritrea
  • Kenya
  • Madagascar
  • Seychelles
  • Zimbabwe 
 
AMERICA
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Peru
  • U.S.A.
 
Caribbean Community Pavilions
  • Antigua & Barbuda
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Haiti
  • Jamaica
  • St Kitts & Nevis
  • Suriname
  • Trinidad & Tobago
 
AUSTRALASIA
  • Australia
  • French Polynesia

Notable Pavilions (Exterior)
  • Denmark
  • Israel
  • Japan
  • Norway
  • Poland (Joint 3rd)
  • Romania
  • Russia (Joint 3rd)
  • Saudi Arabia (Most Expensive @ a cost of $15 billion)
  • South Korea (BEST)
  • Spain (2nd)
  • UAE
  • UK (Most Original Design)
 
Notable Pavilions (Interior)
  • Finland (3rd)
  • Indonesia
  • Italy (BEST)
  • Japan (2nd)
  • Morocco
  • Best Overall Pavilions I visited (by continents)
  • Japan (Asia)
  • Mexico (America)
  • Morocco (Africa)
  • Italy (Europe)
 
Most Original Pavilion in terms of Idea
  • UK
 
Most Impressive Architecture
  • Expo Cultural Center

Most Impressive Pavilion
  • Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia

1st Impression
1st impression of the Expo is not great, I must admit. My 1st entry was on the evening of May 12 on the day of my arrival in Shanghai. The weather forecast for the entire week was rain and since it was a perfect day on the 12th, I decided to enter it after 5pm that very night. My cousin who was to accompany me on this trip was to arrive the next afternoon from Taipei. I went ahead without her since I figured it’s a perfect evening for night photography. I tried to enter at Gate 9 in Puxi side of the city. Gate 9 is known as the Madang Road entry which entails a direct 2 stops subway line. 1st stop is at the Puxi side of the Expo while the 2nd stop is at the Pudong side. Puxi translates to West of River Huang Pu. Shanghai is divided into 2 areas by the River Huang Pu, the older area being on the West end of the city while the new area being on the East end. The West end is a lot more crowded and easier to move about (namely, lots of cabs). The East end is where the Pudong International Airport is located. Pudong means East of River Huang Pu. Xi in the Chinese language is West, Dong is East.
 
Alas, to my frustration, I found out that I cannot enter the Madang Road gate as this particular gate had stopped selling tickets after the 1st week of opening. There are 9 gates of entry to the Expo. 1-3 & 9 gates lie on the Puxi (West) area of the Expo sites while 4-8 gates lie on the Pudong side. All country-pavilions lie on the Pudong side while all companies and industries pavilions lie on the Puxi side. Well, I took another cab to Gate 2 at Luban Road gate to enter instead. I did have the day tickets but they are a tad more expensive than the night ticket (a difference of RMB 70, about uS$10) and since I don’t have enough tickets to begin with (Expo tickets were on sale a few months prior to its opening on May 1 at the Bank of Communication across the country and post offices), I decided not to use the day ticket. Instead, I bought another night ticket at RMB 90.
Tip 1: If you don’t have tickets on hand, do not enter via Madang Road Gate, that means don’t take the direct subway route to enter the Expo. Go to Luban Gate instead, which is a taxi ride away.
 
By the time I get into the Expo site, I finally get a glimpse of how humongous this place is! Everything is gigantic in size and there is a lot of walking to do! Ahem, to my horror, on my last night, I felt like I was almost crippled! So, be forewarned. If you have the 7-day ticket, make sure you don’t do it all at one go! Space them out or even use it at different time of the month!
Tip 2: Study the map of the Expo before arrival. Essentially, 5 zones: A, B, C, D, E. Zone A-C are on Pudong and Zone D & E are on Puxi. A covers mostly Asian countries, B covers theme pavilions and China Pavilion while C covers European, American and African Pavilions. A map and guide to the shows will be distributed on entry. Make sure you ask for one in English if you cannot read Chinese.
 
Maps of Expo:
http://en.expo.cn/indexn.html
http://en.expo2010.cn/images/Map429.jpg
 
In Chinese only:
http://map.expo2010.cn/
 
Shanghai Metro Map:
http://en.expo2010.cn/quickpic/201004154911Map430.jpg
 
Poland Pavilion
 
About Tickets
Tickets come in different denomination:
Evening Ticket = RMB 90 (About USD 13). (Enter from 5 pm to 8 pm, Expo closes at 12am but many pavilions close its doors around 10 pm while some close the queue at 9 pm. France Pavilion closes its door at 9 pm.)
Day Ticket = RMB 160 (About USD 23).
3-Day Ticket = RMB 400 (About USD 58).
7-Day Ticket = RMB 900 (About USD 131).
 
Note that 3-day & 7-day tickets are transferable and that it is usable by one holder per day. That implies you may buy one to share with your family but you both cannot enter on the same day.
 
Before its official opening day on May 1st, the banks and other authorized outlets in China have already sold 40 million tickets in total.
 
About Pavilions
I will write about individual pavilion with its very own review. For now, just a short note about entry to China Pavilion. If you must visit this pavilion, you need to queue to enter as early as 7.30 am. The Expo officially opens at 9 am but the queue to enter in the morning is so long that once the doors are opened and you’re in, you will be given your time allocated reservation for entry to the China Pavilion. If you are behind in the queue, chances are you will not get your ticket to enter. If I’m not mistaken, China Pavilion is restricted to 50,000 visitors a day. Since I hate to queue and to wake up early in the day, I give this one a miss. Do not worry though as China Pavilion will still be around even after the Expo is over. So, if you do visit China often, you will still get your chance to see it.
 
Note also that long queues don’t necessary mean great pavilions or awesome exhibits. The case in point is Denmark or Danish Pavilion. Looks great from outside and a long queue; nothing much inside but a simple stroll! What a waste of space. Unless you’re crazy about the Little Mermaid from Copenhagen, don’t bother with this one. I managed to get in on my first night due to no queue late in the night!
Tip 3: Go in the evening to avoid the crowd and less time spent in getting into the pavilions! Not only is it cheaper to get in, the cooler weather makes it more pleasant too!

Japan Pavilion - Robot playing violin
 
About Gates
The only gate that goes direct into the Expo site by train is gate 9 at Madang Road. Most tour groups enter by gate 4-8 on the Pudong side. If your hotel is on the Puxi area, the easiest and least confusing way to enter is via gate 9. Having said that, there are more entry points and security checks area in Pudong side of the Expo. On the whole, if you enter the Expo after 9.30 am, you shouldn’t need to queue much.
Tip 4: Best time to enter the Expo is after 2 pm. Go for a good lunch in the city & enter the park thereafter. You’d save a lot of time that way and have the stamina to walk and stay until the Expo closes. Lines are much shorter in the evening and night too, especially after 8 pm! By then, most tour groups have left!
 
What not to miss
The best part of the Expo experience is not the pavilions. Rather, its 2 performances put up by the Chinese. One is an acrobatic show which lasts for 45 mins and all one needs to do is to be there about 30 mins before the show starts. There are seats and air-conditioning in this theater as well. Name of the show: CHA (茶) meaning tea.  Location: Entertainment Hall (Zone D). Time of Shows: 1 pm, 3 pm, 6 pm, 9 pm. Some days are dark. I haven’t managed to find out which day though. Available from May 1 to June 30.

 
  
The 2nd show is at the Expo Cultural Center (Zone B) which is shaped like a spaceship. Huge by any standard. The theater can take in more than 10,000 audiences, I read. Acoustic is the best I’ve ever heard and the theater is very comfortable with seats as well as air-conditioning. Name of the show: China Oriental Performing & Arts Group in Residence Live (中国东方歌舞团驻场演出).
Tip 5: Go early in the day to get tickets for the show at the Cultural Center. It is a 90 mins show which showcases dancing and singing. Great show.


 
These 2 shows by itself are worth the day ticket alone, as far as I’m concerned. In addition, it is a great way to rest those feet of yours by entertaining yourself in a first-class air-conditioning theater!
For other performances & shows, please refer to http://www.expo2010.cn/sbhd/indexn.htm (in Chinese only).
 
What to miss
US Pavilion & Denmark Pavilion. It is not worth the 1-2 hour queuing at all! In essence, I hate queuing and anything after 30 mins of queuing without any substance in them will translate to giving it a miss as far as I’m concerned.
 
What is enough time?
I was told there is a Japanese old lady who had bought ticket for everyday the Expo is opened, i.e. 180 days. Meaning she plans on visiting everyday of the Expo. She did this in the last Expo in Japan. Now, she had rented an apartment near the Expo site and plan on doing that every day for the next 5.5 months.
 
No, you don’t need to do that to see most of the expo. My suggestion for most tourists is this:
Get a 3-day ticket to see the major sites. Get an extra day or two day ticket to round up what you’d like to see. Get a 7-day ticket if you want to visit all of the big pavilions.
4 to 5 day is optimal. 3 day is a little rush. 1 or 2 day is only for those who want to take pix of the architecture.
 
Where to get the tickets
You can get the day ticket on the day of entry at all gates except gate 9 at Madang Road. You cannot get the day ticket for tomorrow or any other day though. So, in order to get the 3-day ticket, you need to go to the Bank of Communication (all branches in China) or Post Office. However, I was told many of these outlets have sold out the 3 day ticket. I managed to get the 3 day ticket at the huge branch of Bank of Communication within the Expo (Area D, next to the Japan Industrial Pavilion) on May 12. However, that means you have to enter the Expo first in order to do that. Another thing you could do is to call the bank ahead before you go down to its branch to pick up the tickets. 1 day tickets are also sold at 7 Eleven, I’ve been told.
 
What to buy
Souvenirs of all kinds are available from the many licensed souvenirs shops within and outside the Expo in Shanghai.
 
Some of my favorites are:
Expo 2010 Swatch watch from Switzerland Pavilion. (It is also available from Swatch watch shops in Shanghai city)
UV protection lightweight foldable umbrella from Switzerland Pavilion.
T-shirt from Romania Pavilion.
Mug from Italy Pavilion.
Carpet from Iran Pavilion.

What to bring
Lightweight Umbrella
Camera with zoom & panorama lens
Lots of Memory cards
Video Camera
Small foldable chair (if you plan to queue for hours)
Snacks
Empty bottle to fill water
Tickets (!)

What not to bring
Water (security checkpoint won't allow this)
Anything that is heavy
  
To go or not to go?
Well, if you are curious by nature, it’s for you. Be prepared for a lot of walking, a lot of queuing & a lot of frustration. The way I see it, it’s a good place to be for those who are dating. At the Expo, you cannot hide who you are. Whether you can get along with one another can be unveiled by going to the Expo. The Chinese used to say one can tell a person’s personality by playing a Mahjong game or two. I’d say going to the Expo will reveal whether you can get along with one another and how much tolerance you’ve for the world at large! ;-) I won’t be surprised if some go on separate ways after this event!
 
 South Korea Pavilion


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Major shows are:
  1. Fortune Time (财富人生)
  2. Brainstorm (头脑风暴)
  3. Boss Show (波士堂)
  4. Managing China (中国经营者)
  5. Top Realtor (第一地产)
  6. Total Auto (天下汽车)
  7. Stock Today (今日股市)
  8. Economist (经济学人)
  9. No Free Lunch (谁来一起午餐)
  10. Commercial Strategy (决战商场)
  11. Companies & Sectors (公司与行业)


My favorites:
  1. Brainstorm - This is a weekly debate or brainstorming sessions inviting major corporate and educational leaders to debate on a current topic of interest to the public. It's a provocative shows and one where I learned about what interests the Chinese public and also the society's concern. It gives a good indication of brain maps of successful individuals and companies in China. An hour session weekly amounts to a university course if not better than what a professor can impart. A most useful and entertaining program.
  2. Fortune Time - A one to one talk show. Great host and many CEOs have been invited to be on this show. To get some insider news or indications about a company performance or goals of a company, this is a must watch. One certainly has to be very successful to be invited on this program.
  3. Boss Show - A more relaxing meet the boss kind of show. Host & 3 guests converse with the star of the show (normally a boss in his/her own right). Audience may be university students or employees from related industries.
  4. Managing China - A one to one interview session between the host and guest representative of his/her industry/profession. This one concentrates on managing styles.
  5. Top Realtor - A most interesting visit to model homes for properties that are currently being marketed in Shanghai & surrounding areas.


All in all, the standard of programs is that of first rate & I find them even better than those from Hong Kong in terms of coverage and execution. So, all in all, Chinese business programs are skyrocketing at a speed none has ever experienced before and it's time for the rest of the world to begin learning Chinese & about China! No joke!!! You won't believe me until you have visited China & lived here for some time. Yes indeed, in some aspect, China is still lagging behind the western world. However, if it hasn't been, most other countries will no longer have any competitive edge. It's a matter of survival and the rest of the world do need to take note. I'm dead serious about this!]]>
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