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Monaco celebrates National Pavilion Day at Expo

10-08-2010 08:53 BJT Special Report:Shanghai World Expo 2010 |

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Monaco is celebrating its National Pavilion Day on Thursday in Shanghai. Covering less than two square kilometers, Monaco is the second smallest country in the world, only the Vatican City is smaller. Despite its size, Monaco is a jewel on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea.

Performing on the expo stage is Monaco-based La Palladienne Dance Troupe, who had a cameo in the Aichi Expo in 2005. The troupe has presented a piece called "Sun of Monaco and Beautiful Dancer" on the expo stage.

Taking its cue from the waters of the Mediterranean, the Monaco Pavilion is wrapped in an undulating high-tech facade that projects the ripples of LED light across its face. The project is designed to soak up solar energy throughout the day and then burst into light as soon as the sun sets.

Located in south Western Europe on the northern central coast of the Mediterranean Sea, Monaco is surrounded on three sides by its neighbor France. The city-state is home to 34,000 inhabitants. And the most well known of them all, is Princess Grace Kelly.

Actors from Monaco perform during the ceremony to mark the National Pavilion
Day for the Principality of Monaco at the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai, east
China, Oct. 7, 2010. (Xinhua/Liu Ying)

The Oscar winner for her deglamorized performance in "The Country Girl," Kelly retired from acting at the age of 26 and married Rainier the Third, Prince of Monaco. The family had three children. Grace Kelly died in a car crash on September 14th, 1982, two months before her 53 birthday. As one of the long lasting legacies, Kelly is respected and admired to this day for her beauty, amiability, and her love for charitable causes.

In May every year, the Monaco Grand Prix is held in the streets of Monte Carlo. It's widely considered to be one of the most prestigious automobiles races in the world. Inside the Monaco Pavilion, this red Ferrari once belonged to Michael Shumacher and is now on lease to tourists who wish to drive on the Formula One track... a bargain at 35 euros for one go.


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