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2009-04-30 07:39:37 GMT2009-04-30 15:39:37 (Beijing Time)  China Daily

The 2010 World Expo, the first comprehensive international fair to be held in a developing country, will showcase a variety of cultures, advanced technologies and the best practices in urban development. Covering an area of 5.28 square kilometers, the Expo garden will have five zones where a host of countries, selected cities, and national and international organizations will present their pavilions for the Expo's theme of Better City, Better Life. China Daily takes a virtual tour of the Expo garden to give readers an overview of the zones.

China Pavilion

Designed with the concept of Oriental Crown in mind, China Pavilion features traditional Chinese wooden structures as its core architectural element. Reflecting the age-old Chinese culture, the main color of China Pavilion will be the traditional Gugong (Forbidden City) Red. China Pavilion will be a 63-meter national pavilion, surrounded by those focusing on its regions.

Themed Pavilions

The Themed Pavilions, in an enclosed area of Zone B, is west of Expo Boulevard and gets its look and use of alleyways from old Shanghai. With special focus on "green concepts", the energy-saving buildings will take up 80,000 square meters on the surface and 40,000 square meters underground.

Expo Boulevard

Expo Boulevard will be at the heart of Pudong Expo Site and make up its largest stand-alone structure. It will have four levels: ground and first floor and two floors underground. A semi-open structure, Expo Boulevard will be a large transportation and commercial center serving multiple purposes, including acting as the main axis for commuter traffic flow.

World Expo Center

Expo Center is in Zone B of the Expo Site. It stretches 350 meters from east to west and 140 meters from north to south, and covers an area of 140,000 square meters. Expo Center will be completed and put on trial operation by the end of this year. One of the most important buildings, the Center will host the Expo's major ceremonies, conferences and forums.

Expo Performance Center

Expo Performance Center, east of the Expo Boulevard, is in the northern Pudong area of the Expo Site. It covers an area of 126,000 square meters, 74,000 square meters of which will be over ground and the rest underground. The performance center, too, will be completed and put on trial operation by the year-end. With a large central stage and hall, the center can hold up to 18,000 people and supporting facilities depending on the nature of the performance. It will be the first venue in China to have convertible seats in the auditorium, and the seating arrangements can be altered to accommodate 4,000, 8,000, 12,000 or 18,000 people. It will provide generous space and can cater to any stage design and artistic imagination.

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