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Delays at 20% of Expo pavilions

2010. 25 January

by Yang Jian
( The 2010 World Expo organizer says that almost a fifth of the more than 100 pavilions at the Expo site might not be ready to receive visitors when the event begins in May.

But the delays would have little impact, Hong Hao, director general of the Bureau of Shanghai World Expo Coordination, said at the weekend.

The delays will be mainly among some stand-alone national pavilions in Pudong as well as corporate pavilions and pavilions in the Urban Best Practices Area in Puxi, Hong said. The reasons for the delays included lack of funds or late arrival of exhibits.

The bureau is to provide extra help for participants and even take over some construction and outfitting work to ensure most of the pavilions open on time, said Hong.

He said about 10 percent of pavilions weren't open when Expo Hannover 2000 in Germany and Expo Aichi 2005 in Japan began - two events regarded as among the most successful World Expos.

With less than 100 days to go before the opening, the calendar is the most pressing problem, says Xi Qunfeng, director of the Construction Department of the Expo bureau.

The organizer is encouraging the Expo's 30,000 construction workers to postpone plans to go home for the Spring Festival, which begins on February 14, and head back to the construction site earlier after the festival, Xi said.

Construction has finished on the five permanent structures at the Expo site: China Pavilion, Theme Pavilion, Expo Center, Performance Center and the Expo Boulevard.