Theme: Footprints left as a result of people's interaction with cities and the environment from
Location: Within Zone D of the Expo Site
The Pavilion is located in Zone D and includes three exhibition halls - "City's Origin," "Growing City" and "Urban Wisdom." It traces the birth and growth of cities, their philosophies and the urban wisdom centering innovation and harmony.
City's Origin Hall shows what cities looked like in the early agrarian era. Visitors may have a chance to understand the reasons behind the formation of cities including those along Yangtze and Yellow Rivers, ancient worship systems, patron saints of ancient cities, among others. Growing City Hall shows full-blown cities, including Florence, Amsterdam, Byzantium and Istanbul. Visitors may have a chance to see ancient streets in China's Song Dynasty and Japan's Edo Period, and know more about urban development achievements in Tibet and about the Forbidden City in Beijing. Urban Wisdom Hall deals with the Industrial Revolution era. Industrialization is depicted as a double-edged sword that changes the life in cities. New York and London are cited as two examples of innovative wisdom. The exhibition also includes the culture of the Chinese Grand Canal and the urban renewal efforts in Shanghai.