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China's National Pavilion

2010. 21 February

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( The 2010 Shanghai World Expo is just two and a half months away. What's new for the upcoming event? And what can we expect? Starting today, BizChina will bring a 10-part series giving you a glimpse of the expo.

Today we'll look at China's National Pavilion. We'll reveal the INNER DESIGN of the building, since many of you are already familiar with the facade. How have the designers interpreted the theme of "Chinese wisdom in urban development?" Will it live up to expectations?

The National Pavilion of China is designed in the shape of an Oriental Crown. It features the Forbidden City Red, the color that represents the taste and spirit of Chinese culture. The final interior design was selected from 17 plans from home and abroad. Under the theme "Chinese wisdom in urban development", designers will showcase the wisdom of the Chinese people in urban construction from ancient times to the future in the three-story building.

The third floor, 49-meters above the ground, is the place where visitors begin their journey. The theme of the 8,500 square-meter section is Footprint of the East. After arriving by elevator, guests will see an introductory movie by award-winning director Lu Chuan.

Lu is known for his films "Kekexili: Mountain Patrol" , which won a Golden Horse Best Picture award in 2004 at a film festival in Taiwan. His latest product is the shocking "City of Life and Death," Known as "Nanjing, Nanjing" in Chinese. His eight-minute long movie of the expo will display China's urbanization in the past 30 years.

The previous films are both documentaries. But this time, the film will be more like a poetic expression. So it transcends daily life and deals with fantasies. You will see many shocking wonders.

At first we wanted to invite celebrities to star in the film, but now we'd like to find some new faces. We think we can showcase their new energy and excitement.

So, we're undergoing mass-auditions, and we have already auditioned 3000-5000 new actors.

After the movie, visitors will be transported back into history and enjoy a 100-meter projection of the panoramic painting "Along the River During the Qingming Festival".

The original version of "Along the River During the Qingming Festival" is more than 5 meters long. It is generally attributed to the Song Dynasty, about 1000 years ago. The painting captures the daily life of people at the capital, Bianjing. It is so famous that it has been called "China's Mona Lisa". Multimedia technologies will make all the characters in the painting walk and move.

Pan Gongkai, Chief Designer, China National Pavilion, said, Bianjing City at that time, is the most prosperous city in the world, just like New York City at present.

Actually, the painting did not depict the most prosperous region but the rural-urban fringe. However, it's also very prosperous. There are a lot of characters in the painting. We will try to make them move and look more interesting to let visitors feel the charm of this city 1,000 years ago.

Transitioning from ancient history to the present, visitors will enter modern China on the second floor, and enjoy a Journey of Wisdom. A cable car will take visitors on a 10-minute trip along an elevated zigzag rail.

The journey is in a dream-like hall with a green background. On the projector screen,visitors will see firsthand how Chinese cities and countryside can seamlessly blend together.

Pan Gongkai, Chief Designer, China National Pavilion, said, We will use stone bridges, Dong-gong brackets, tiles and some Chinese garden to showcase the character of Chinese architecture. Western cities, together with Greece and Egypt, their buildings are all stone-made while Chinese building is wood-structured. Its main function is for living, not for the war. So, we'd like to highlight a semi-abstract, poetic and dream-like stage effect.

The theme of the 33-meter-high ground floor is Blossoming City. It will show visitors how the Chinese people are using their wisdom and ingenuity to address future challenges in urbanization. Technologies that reduce carbon dioxide emissions and encourage non-polluting new energies will be on display And, Water will go through all three stories.

Yao Kaiyang, Creative Director, China National Pavilion, said, What can show Chinese wisdom? Water. There's a Chinese old saying, "The benevolent enjoy the mountains, while the wise enjoy the waters." Water is intangible, it can be changed into any form once you put it there. That's why sometimes it can be used to describe wisdom. You can see different types of water in the pavilion, in some places are real water, while others are virtue water.

It will take visitors 45 minutes to visit the whole three-story pavilion. Organizers expect up to 50,000 visitors a day.They are considering extending the exhibition after the Expo ends, so as to let more people visit the China Pavilion.