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Bits of Expo buildings to go under hammer

08-20-2010 14:19 BJT Special Report:Shanghai World Expo 2010 |

BEIJING, Aug. 20 (Xinhuanet) -- A cluster of European pavilions are negotiating with a Chinese media group to recycle parts of their structures and exhibitions to raise funds for charity in the final month of the Expo 2010 Shanghai.

China Business Network, the business arm of Shanghai Media Group, is looking for partners to supply materials for its "Expo Auction Hall" program, which will air on Oct 10. The point of the project is to comply with the Expo 2010 Shanghai motto of "Better City, Better Life" by making better use of the resources around us, which in this case refers to the hundreds of national pavilions in the Expo Garden.

In line with World Expo rules, the pavilions must be torn down on Oct 31, or possibly relocated to other parts of China, despite their donors having forked out millions of dollars to pay for their construction and running costs. Spain has already spent around $80 million, for example, the US and Australia between $60-70 million each, and Saudi Arabia over $150 million.

"We'd like to recycle the materials and the exhibits, and donate the proceeds to charities and various environmentally friendly projects," said CBN staff Tong Xin. "We're seeking partners for our program. We have targeted most of the pavilions, but so far we have confirmed Denmark, Spain, Italy, Belgium and the London Case Pavilion (in the Urban Best Practices Area in Puxi)."

Denmark is planning to hand three of its popular Copenhagen city bikes over to the show this weekend. Visitors to its sloping white pavilion can rent them for free to tour its exhibition, which includes the country's most iconic landmark, the statue of The Little Mermaid, temporarily transplanted from Copenhagen harbor. The Danish Embassy in Beijing has also purchased some of the bikes for a promotion it will run later this year.

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