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Germany brings 'balancity' to Shanghai Expo

2010. 23 March

German Pavilion under construction

by Wang Qian

( The German Pavilion at the 2010 Shanghai World Expo has been nicknamed "balancity" – a newly coined word signifying a city in balance, said Dietmar Schmitz, commissioner general for the German Pavilion, today.

At 6,000 square meters, the German Pavilion is the biggest one Germany has ever presented at a World Expo. It will be able to accommodate about 45,000 visitors a day.

"The World Expo entertains millions, but beyond entertainment, it also gives every exhibitor a great opportunity to present its country's particular expertise," Schmitz said. "The strengths of the Federal Republic of Germany are as an economic nation, as a leader in innovation and, last but not least, as an attractive place to visit."

German culture will take center stage on May 19, with a wide variety of events ranging from Young Euro Classics to the pop duo ZweiRaumwohnung and a presentation by Berlin's Hip Hop Headquarters. German president Horst Köhler is also expected to attend the event.

A team of 450 staffers will look after the visitors. More than 250 servers and almost 200 workers will work in its restaurant, which will make sure it fulfils Asian expectations of Germany and German cuisine.

This year's Expo "will address the urban challenges facing us in the 21st century, challenges that are particularly relevant to China, the country with the highest number of cities in the world with populations of over a million," Schmitz said, adding that the German pavilion will present "ideas and solutions made in Germany and created in Germany that can have a positive impact on this development."