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City opening for hit Expo exhibition
2009. 14 October
by Echo Hu and Yang Jian
(shanghaidaily.com) The latest and most detailed exhibition about the 2010 Shanghai World Expo opened at the Shanghai Exhibition Center yesterday.
"The Path to World Expo" - illustrating the history and marvels of the world's fair - opened to mark the 200-day countdown to next year's event. The free exhibition will run until October 26 from 9am to 5pm.
The exhibition was a hit when it debuted at Beijing's Capital Museum, drawing 96,821 visitors from July 5 to July 27.
The exhibition uses more than 200 pictures and 18 videos to illustrate the World Expo from its origins and its evolution. It also features models of 66 pavilions and 12 multimedia display items.
A film clip, "City Rhapsody: A Preview of the Site of Expo Shanghai," offers visitors a sneak preview of the site.
The story behind China Pavilion unfolds through an innovative multimedia work called "Kaleidoscope."
Visitors will gain an insight into the pavilion design and construction as well as the event's history via electronic books and videos.
Group visitors can book on 6335-3338, 6335-3336 or 6335-3335.
The Expo Exhibition Center on Huaihai Road M. is to close from October 13 to 26 for interior decoration and upgrading.
Also yesterday, the first batch of 277 Expo volunteers received their appointment letters.
"Voluntary work is one of the most important parts of the preparations for the World Expo 2010," said Yin Yicui, deputy secretary of the Shanghai Committee of the Communist Party of China.
The volunteers, of whom 213 are local college students, were selected from more than 448,000 applicants. They will assist the authorities in preparatory work and recruit and train the remainder of the 70,000 Expo volunteers.
Meanwhile, the Shanghai Expo organizer has invited people to design logos and pictures for the city's traffic card to encourage users to commute by bicycle or use public transport.
The organizer will begin to receive entries from end of the year.
The best designs chosen will then be printed on traffic cards used by the city's commuters.