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5 building to remain at Expo site

10-27-2010 14:09 BJT Special Report:Shanghai World Expo 2010 |

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Although most of the Shanghai World Expo's pavilions will be dismantled to make way for site redevelopment, five structures will remain as permanent reminders of an event that changed the host city forever. Zhang Nini talked to the park's chief planner, along with a key pavilion director, to find out how and why.

World Expos have given rise to a many architectural wonders over the years. But with the main exception of some very notable towers, very few buildings remain in place after the curtain falls.

The 2010 Shanghai Expo is leaving the world with five permanent structures ... the China Pavilion, Cultural Performance Center, Expo Axis, Expo Center, and Theme Pavilion.

Although most of the Shanghai World Expo's pavilions will be dismantled to
make way for site redevelopment, five structures will remain as permanent
reminders of an event that changed the host city forever.(File photo)

Wu Zhiqiang, World Expo Park Chief Planner, said, "The five structures are being kept, after a careful study of World Expos throughout history. They integrate the functional needs of this World Expo, and Shanghai's own city image building process."

The China Pavilion will become a national cultural museum. Yet even its very essence, the 100-meter-long 3D version of the "Riverside Scene at Qingming Festival" painting, will soon head to Hong Kong for a 20-day exhibition.

The Theme Pavilion, where the issue of environmental degradation has been brought to the surface, will stay in place as part of a routine World Expo tradition. The depletion of natural resources and effects of climate change reflect global concerns.

>> Live cross: Fate of temporary world expo pavilions 

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>> Destinies of non-permanent buildings 

With the clock counting down to the end of the Shanghai World Expo, attention is turning to the fate of the non-permanent buildings. Some organizers are preparing for memorabilia sales and direct donations, as pavilions auction or give away materials and exhibits. Full story >>

>> Expo eyes positive financial balance

Over the last six months, some analysts have raised concerns about the profitability of the Shanghai World Expo. But as Guan Xin finds out, the event appears to be enjoying a clean bill of financial health, and the host city is now expected to reap economic benefits well into the future. Full story >>


>> Live cross: Effects of visitors on local economy

Now let's turn back to our reporter, Zhang Nini, on the scene in the host city. There are five structures which will remain after the World Expo closes. Have their future functions or purposes been defined already? Full story >>



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