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Shanghai Expo's Taiwan Pavilion to enter trial run

2010. 1 April

by Chiao Hsin-hua and Fanny Liu
( The Taiwan Pavilion at the World Expo 2010 Shanghai will begin a trial run on April 20 and open on May 1 as scheduled, an organizer said Thursday.

According to an official at the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) , a lantern-lighting ceremony will be held at the Taiwan Pavilion on May 11 to help bring success to the exhibition, which is
scheduled to run from May 1 to Oct. 31.

Construction work for the 1,400-square-meter Taiwan Pavilion began Aug. 17, 2009 -- later than any of the other pavilions.

The Taiwan Pavilion will use multimedia displays to convey the building's theme -- "Mountain, Water, & Lantern of the Heart" -- with different appearances during the daytime and at night, according to its official Web site.

Visitors will marvel at a huge LED ball representing the "Heart of Taiwan" and a wide array of spectacular views of the island projected onto a lantern-shaped screen, it said.

The Taiwan Pavilion has also invited celebrities to promote the pavilion, including Lin Chih-ling, a movie star and Taiwan's top model; Momoco Tao, a popular TV host; Yi Chang, an acclaimed film director; and Loretta Yang, Art Director of Liuligongfang. Source: