The Shanghai World Expo has closed, and the last batch of visitors have left the Expo Park. However, a special party is being staged at the Baogang Big Stage located at the Pudong Part in the Shanghai World Expo Park. Volunteers from the Shanghai World Expo Park, also known as “Pak Choi cabbages,” say good-bye to the Shanghai World Expo in their special way.
At the moment, there are smiles on their faces but tears in their eyes.
Most of the nearly 80,000 volunteers serving at the park come from colleges such as Fudan University, Donghua University and East China Normal University. They were divided into 13 batches and served in turn. They witnessed every moment of the Shanghai World Expo from the opening to the closing.
At the magnificent World Expo Park, “Pak Choi cabbages” were very eye-catching in their green uniform. They always stood by their posts or were busy at their respective posts regardless of the burning sun, strong winds or storms.
Tang Mufei is a graduate student from Shanghai Jiaotong University’s School of Medicine. She served at the Green Space of the Shanghai World Expo Park as one of the members of the last batch of “Pak Choi cabbages” over the past half month. She gave directions and answered questions for countless visitors every day from 3 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
The days were hard but happy, as well as unforgettable for Tang. “This special experience allowed me to realize that pure-hearted communication and exchanges between people is so important. This will be the most worthy realization in my life,” she said.
All the “Pak Choi cabbages” that were finishing their short volunteer lives showed the talents to their companions during the last night at the Shanghai World Expo Park. They put on vibrant performances including songs and dances, wushu, and musicals at the party. The audience shook their light sticks and echoed each other’s cries. They were so unwilling to depart with the expo.
In the subsequent volunteer farewell ceremony, leaders from the Shanghai Municipal Government including Yu Zhengsheng, Party secretary of the Shanghai Municipal Government, and Han Zheng, mayor of Shanghai, joined the volunteers. Han presented the “Volunteer Service Certificate of the Shanghai World Expo” to volunteer delegates. Yu handed over the volunteer banner from the hands of volunteer delegates of the Shanghai World Expo Park to the Shanghai urban volunteers.
“Young friends and Expo heroes, I really want to hug all of you! It is your dedication and spirit that allows me to see hope in the future,” Yu said emotionally. “Volunteerism means dedication and sacrifice. Let us contribute all we have to the prosperity of the Chinese nation,” Yu added.
Almost all volunteers feel that it was hard, exhausting but very happy to serve at the Shanghai World Expo. These young people shouldered the promise of "the world is in front of your eyes and we are here with you" in the past 184 days and nights. When it was time for farewell, they said in unison “Go over the world with aspirations. Go, cabbages” while singing “Hard to Say Goodbye.”