Shanghai World Expo 2010 - What is all about?

World Expositions are galleries of human inspirations and thoughts. Since 1851 when the Great Exhibition of Industries of All Nations was held in London, the World Expositions have attained increasing prominence as grand events for economic, scientific, technological and cultural exchanges, serving as an important platform for displaying historical experience, exchanging innovative ideas, demonstrating esprit de corps and looking to the future.

Expo 2010 is the occasion for China to bring the world at home, and for the world to feel at home in China. By dedicating a 3.28 km2 area at the core of the city to exhibition s and events on “Better City, Better Life”, Shanghai hopes to build a powerful and lasting pilot example of sustainable and harmonious urban living.

China, Shanghai and the organizers have set a very high bar for this Expo: 70 million visitors, 200 participants, more than 25 sponsors and partners and an active engagement of civil society. The site for Expo 2010 is located at a region between Nanpu Bridge and Lupu Bridge along both sides of the Huangpu River.

The Bailianjing rivulet joins the Huangpu River in the Pudong section of the site, creating a pleasant waterfront area. The planning area within the site boundary covers 5.28 km2, which consists of an enclosed area (admission by ticket) at 3.28 km2 and a surrounding utility area at 2 km2. Expo 2010 will last for six months, or 184 days, opening on May 1st and closing on October 31, 2010.

The Bureau of Shanghai World Expo Coordination (the Organizer), established on October 30th, 2003, is the Expo Organizer. Under the guidance of the National Organizing Committee and the Executive Committee, the Organizer is responsible for the preparation, organization, operation and management of Expo 2010, and provides assistance to the Commissioner General of the Exposition.