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Pavilion of Urban Planet in a child's eyes

2010-05-02 09:16:19 GMT2010-05-02 17:16:19 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Chen Yi'ou hugs a model of the Earth beside the "Forest Ranger Haibao" in the World Expo Park in Shanghai, east China, May 1, 2010. (Xinhua/Xu Jiajun)

Chen Yi'ou and his mother look at an exhibit about industrial pollutions at the Pavilion of Urban Planet in the World Expo Park in Shanghai, east China, May 1, 2010. (Xinhua/Xu Jiajun)

Photo taken on May 1, 2010 shows the smiling faces on the ceiling of the Pavilion of Urban Planet in the World Expo Park in Shanghai, east China. (Xinhua/Xu Jiajun)

Chen Yi'ou and her mother visit the "Road of Solutions" section at the Pavilion of Urban Planet in the World Expo Park in Shanghai, east China, May 1, 2010. (Xinhua/Xu Jiajun)

Chen Yi'ou takes photos of smiling faces inside the Pavilion of Urban Planet in the World Expo Park in Shanghai, east China, May 1, 2010. (Xinhua/Xu Jiajun)

SHANGHAI, May 2, 2010 (Xinhua) -- 11-year-old Chen Yi'ou from Shanghai Seeking Knowledge Primary School visit the World Expo Park with his mother on the first opening day of the Expo on Saturday.

Among the five pavilions he had been to, the most favorite one was the Pavilion of Urban Planet. "I felt the greetings from all over the world here, realized the common responsibility of urban residents and saw new hope for the future," he said.

The Pavilion of Urban Planet is one of the five theme pavilions in the World Expo Park. The top of its two parallel spiral ramps offers a good view of a 32-meter-diameter globe. Its five sections including "Road of Crisis", "Road of Solutions" and "The only Planet We Have" tell how the development, sometimes overdevelopment, of cities produces ecological problems, and how people awaken to urbanization and environmental challenges. Visitors come to understand cities as a source of both problems and solutions.

Yi'ou couldn't stop asking "how to deal with the problems" until he visited the "Road of Solutions" section. He gradually learned that all the trifles like choosing energy saving lamps, fastening water taps, reducing use of throwaway tableware could also mean a lot for the maintenance of low-carbon life.

Little Yi'ou was very excited during his Expo tour and determined to persuade his classmates to pay a visit. After his mother told him about the theme of 2010 World Expo "Better City, Better Life", Chen Yi'ou said, "Hope our human beings' efforts and cooperation will make the beauty of the cities last for ever!"

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