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How Expo wows the world

07-26-2010 08:47 BJT Special Report:Shanghai World Expo 2010 |

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With 242 countries, cities, and international organizations all eager to wow the crowds with their technological innovations, the World Expo is a wonderland of sights, sounds, and tastes for the largely domestic Chinese audience. From a giant baby playing with bubbles to a robot performing on the violin, the World Expo is not an event to be missed.

Meet Miguelin, a giant animatronic baby doll, who is the star of the Spanish Pavilion.

The 6-and-a-half meter high doll is made from silicon and is remarkably lifelike, and no wonder... it was modelled after a real toddler.

Bubbles float from the ceiling to the floor and child sized interactive stations show the baby's "dreams" of an ideal future.

Huang Lu, Expo visitor, said, "My eyes lit up. At first I thought it was fake, a projection, but then I saw it was real and so cute. It has different facial expressions... it can cry and laugh..."

One of the most popular pavilions in the Expo site is also one of the strangest looking.

Meet Miguelin, a giant animatronic baby doll, who is the star of the Spanish Pavilion.(File Photo)
Meet Miguelin, a giant animatronic baby doll, who is the star of the 
Spanish Pavilion.(File Photo)

The United Kingdom's "hairy" pavilion holds 60,000 fibre optic filament "hairs" and resembles a dandelion swaying in the breeze.

Inside the pavilion is the Seed Cathedral, with tens of thousands of tiny seeds, each lit up like museum exhibits. The seeds are designed to highlight conservation and biodiversity.

Katherine Dixon, Spokeswoman of UK Pavilion, said, "One of the things we wanted to do at Expo was challenge the perceptions of Chinese people about the UK. So that's why the UK design is so, so out of this world, it's to show the creative and innovative side of the UK."

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