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Shanxi Pavilion, history and culture

05-20-2010 08:57 BJT Special Report: Shanghai World Expo 2010 |

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Shanxi Week begins on Wednesday at Expo Park. In the coming five days, the northern China province will present a diversified program highlighting the region's history, culture, and efforts toward energy conservation. If you can't get over to the Expo to see it yourself, don't worry, Culture Express is here to take you on a tour of the Shanxi Pavilion.

Entering the first exhibition area, visitors see a spacious square and the world's oldest overpass, called the Flying Bridge over Fish Pond. A device for making fire by drilling wood is located in the middle of the overpass. When visitors stretch out their hands, a virtual flame will spout out from above the device. This feature represents how the ancestors in Shanxi's Xihoudu used fire as early as 18 million years ago.

An interactive touch screen in the second section allows visitors to experience first-hand how coal is turned into clean energy such as electricity.

In the third section which offers a future vision of Shanxi, an environmentally friendly globe device allows visitors to see how their individual actions can influence the environment in general.

Editor:Zheng Limin |Source: CCTV.com

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