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The official theme of the 2010 World Expo has been a popular catchphrase since long before the gates opened six months ago. But what elements contribute to a better city, or a better life? Guan Xin investigates the meaning of this memorable motto, in search of answers that may serve to solidify the event's enduring legacy.
"Better City, Better Life" ... exploring the meaning of the Shanghai World Expo's official theme ranks high on the agendas of millions of visitors ... but what conclusions are they reaching?
Visitor, World Expo Park, said, "Better life? I guess it is more smooth, more fluent, and less noisy."
Visitor, World Expo Park, said,"It involves ways to make the environment more beautiful."
Visitor, World Expo Park, said,"Better cities should be powered by solar power or wind power."
|"Better City, Better Life" ... exploring the meaning of the Shanghai World |
Expo's official theme ranks high on the agendas of millions of visitors.
One way to further decipher the snappy slogan is to visit the Theme Pavilion, one of the Expo Park's permanent buildings.
This is not a real construction site. It has been designed to depict the rapid urbanization process. These rough structures form the backbones of our homes in the world's cities. This is where visitors begin to feel the pulse of the modern metropolis.
These screens show multiple aspects of urban living. The quest for a better life has run through the history of all cities since ancient times, regardless of country, region, or culture.
Today we're examining the event's theme, which is "Better City, Better Life," and what that phrase means to organizers, participants, and visitors. For more, let's cross live to our reporter, Wang Guan, who's on location in Shanghai. Full story >>
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