China Pavilion to stay open after the 2010 Expo
Don’t have time to visit the Shanghai 2010 Expo? No sweat. Some of the major highlights from the six-month event will be available long after the Expo grounds close at the end of this month.
It was reported early this year by People's Daily Online that “four pavilions along the central axis” would be permanently on display, those four pavilions being the Expo Center, China Pavilion, Theme Pavilion and Expo Performance Center. But more news about what post-Expo Shanghai will be left with came out last week.
Qian Zhiguang, deputy director of the China Pavilion, told the press that the pavilion’s exhibition would be extended for an additional six months beginning on December 1 after a one-month renovation.
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Qian revealed that the pavilion would try to keep the exhibitions as close as possible to the originals on display during the 2010 Expo.
“There will not be any big changes in terms of the content. However, one section will be added to present the construction, arrangement and operation of the China Pavilion to the visitors,” says Qian.
Xu Hubin, director of the China Pavilion, also mentioned that the pavilion is trying to extend the exhibition lease of the national relics, and new exhibits might be added to the current line-up in the future.
Details such as the opening hours and the ticket price are still under discussion.
In addition, Shanghai deputy mayor Yang Xiong said the authorities had planned to build an Expo Memorial Hall to honor the achievements of the Shanghai Expo during an interview with a local radio program. More details about the memorial hall are still to be announced.
This is the first time on the World Fair history that an official museum will be built. Even after the Expo's gone, it seems like Shanghai will still be determined to set the bar higher for the next generations of Expo-hosting countries, such as Yeosu. The 2012 Expo hosting city in South Korea is also considering hosting an online virtue Expo, modeled after the Shanghai’s trial.
Apart from “four pavilions along the central axis,” all the other pavilions will be demolished or sent back to their home countries after the 2010 Expo closes.
Rumors are also flying that the Shanghai Expo Bureau has met with the Bureau of International Expositions about the possibility of keeping additional country pavilions, and they got a pretty interesting answer: no. If China sets a precedent by keeping a large number of the foreign pavilions, succeeding hosts would be under pressure to do the same, limiting the re-use of land after the Expo is over.