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Side shows ease line anxiety at Expo

04-30-2010 09:05 BJT Special Report: Shanghai World Expo 2010 |

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Waiting for two or more hours to enter a popular pavilion is not an encouraging prospect for the 70 million tourists expected at the World Expo. But they won't be bored, even while standing in long lines this summer in Shanghai. Zhang Nini tells us about some of the public shows set up in an around the halls to entertain fidgety visitors.

Grooving to an indigenous vibe, these dynamic dancers are presenting their nation's diversified culture with some sizzling choreography. The exuberant mood is shared by crowds of onlookers, clearly enjoying the show.

Ethiopia is one of the 42 countries displaying their opulent heritage at the Joint Africa Pavilion. The largest venue at the World Expo is grabbing attention with its elaborate and original traditions, many making their first impression upon Chinese audiences.

Visitor of Joint Africa Pavilion said, "It's great now that I get to learn a lot about the arts and cultures of Africa."

"I knew very little before, but a tour here enabled me to get some general knowledge about Africa." Another one said.

The excitement is also in place outside the building, with Shanghai's very own clown troupe tickling the fancy of spectators. this folk craftsman is just as dexterous, cutting a sheet of paper into a bystander's silhouette within seconds.
 
A visitor of City Square Art Festival said, "I am so happy. These artists are awesome. I am so excited to be onstage; glad to be part of the interaction."

Li Liheng, Director of City Square Art Festival, said, "Public square activities have solved the nagging issue for every World Expo in past 159 years. When people are queuing up, they tend to get bored and restless. So we invited Chinese and international artists here for 20 shows each day. The performances should be original, hilarious, and interactive."

A total of three-thousand activities are scheduled for the sever City Squares at the World Expo from May and October. This ambitious schedule aims to deliver a dash of color to everyone's face.

Editor:Zheng Limin |Source: CCTV.com

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