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South entrance of Expo 2010 Shanghai Photo by: Cesarexpo

The penultimate meeting of the Steering Committee of Commissioners General for Shanghai Expo 2010 took place on Oct. 21.  In addition to discussing the logistics of closing the Expo, the organizers of Shanghai Expo 2010 were congratulated by Hiroshi Tsukamoto, chairman of the Steering Committee of Commissioners General for Expo 2010 and commissioner general of Japan, for the success of the Expo, which is the largest-ever World Expo in terms of size, number of events, and number of visitors. The penultimate meeting of the Steering Committee of Commissioners General for Shanghai Expo 2010 took place on Oct. 21.  In addition to discussing the logistics of closing the Expo, the organizers of Shanghai Expo 2010 were congratulated by Hiroshi Tsukamoto, chairman of the Steering Committee of Commissioners General for Expo 2010 and commissioner general of Japan, for the success of the Expo, which is the largest-ever World Expo in terms of size, number of events, and number of visitors.

Shanghai Expo 2010 was held for six months from May 1 to Oct. 31. Organizers expected 70 million visitors.  As of 1 p.m. on Oct. 24, a week before  its close, the Expo had welcomed over 70.2 million guests.

The Expo site spans both sides of the Huangpu River, a tributary of the Yangtze, and covers 3.3 square miles.  Hundreds of events took place during the six-month Expo and 192 nations participated.

According to the official Expo Web site (http://en.expo2010.cn), the theme of the Expo, “Better City, Better Life”, represents “the common wish of the whole humankind for a better living in future urban environments” as well as “a central concern of the international community for future policy making, urban strategies and sustainable development.”

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Expo Culture Center (Photo Credit; Brücke-Osteuropa)

 

The USA Pavilion welcomed its 7 millionth visitor, Fang Shixiong from Hangzhou, at noon on Oct. 23. Fang received a thank you letter and a special commemorative pin bearing the signatures of Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton and made under the authorization of United States Department of State.   The gifts were presented by José H. Villarreal, USA Pavilion commissioner general.

Inside the USA Pavilion is a special photo wall exhibit, "The Chinese in America - We are Family." The exhibit includes over 10,000 photos of Americans of Chinese descent.  It was created by The Committee of 100, which encouraged Chinese Americans to submit their photos online. More than 9 million people visited its Web site (www.jointhewall.org).  The exhibit was created to “demonstrate America’s unique strengths as a nation embracing diversity” and to show “collective pride” in Chinese Americans’ Chinese heritage and achievements in America. More than 5 million Expo visitors have viewed the photo wall.

(Founded in 1990, the Committee of 100 is a group of prominent Chinese Americans with the mission to “pool their strengths and experience to address important issues concerning the Chinese American community, as well as issues affecting Sino-American relations.”)

While the Expo afforded visitors the opportunity to learn about the 192 participating countries and efforts to create a better future, Shanghai Expo 2010 was ultimately a showcase for China.  As with the Beijing Olympics in 2008, China performed on the international stage and received critical acclaim for its momentous accomplishment.

 

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