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Panama Pavilion Day celebrated at Expo

08-17-2010 08:55 BJT Special Report:Shanghai World Expo 2010 |

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Monday marks Panama's Pavilion Day at the ongoing Shanghai World Expo. The Pavilion not only displays how its signature Canal works, but also shows a full array of the country's amazing tropical life.

Now let's take a closer look at this country that serves as the shipping link between east and west.

Panama Canal, a man-made wonder on earth, bisects the isthmus at its narrowest and lowest point, allowing passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean.

One century ago, no single effort in American history had exacted such a high price, not in dollars or in human life. It took 34 years from the initial construction in 1880 to the actual opening in 1914. Since 1992, an average of 185-million tons of cargo have passed annually through the Panama Canal.

Monday marks Panama's Pavilion Day at the ongoing Shanghai World Expo. 
Monday marks Panama's Pavilion Day at the ongoing Shanghai World Expo. 

The busy work of the world's crossroad is also simulated at the pavilion in Shanghai. Visitors are also treated with a general view of Panama's tropical landscape, folk culture and history.

Explored by Columbus in 1502 and by Balboa in 1513, Panama was also the name of its capital, a city with a history of more than 400 years. The coastal city blends a legacy of early Indian culture and the later Spanish flavor left by the colonial period.

Outside Panama City, regional festivals take place throughout the year. This passion has been re-ignited in Shanghai.

Five musicians and eight dancers from Panama's Folk Song and Dance Troupe interpret how different cultures are blending well in their homeland.

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