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Pavilions of European countries II

2010-04-22 08:55:53 GMT2010-04-22 16:55:53 (Beijing Time)  SINA.com

Pavilions of European countries: Luxembourg, Slovakia, Poland, Slovenia, Turkey, Monaco, Portugal

Luxembourg Pavilion

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Theme: Small Is Beautiful

Highlights: "Pocket-size" Forest and Fortress

National Pavilion Day: October 10

Location: Within Zone C of the Expo site

Pavilion Features

Occupying just a small area in the Expo site, the Luxembourg Pavilion is planning on making full use of the limited space by integrating wisdom and imagination to demonstrate its theme of "Small Is Beautiful."

Slovakia Pavilion

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Theme: The World of Humanity

National Pavilion Day: September 4

Location: Within Zone C of the Expo Site

Pavilion Features

The pavilion showcases transformation of human beings in a perspective of squares. Entering the pavilion visitors can see spiral stairs which symbolize winding roads of the cities gathering together in the square. Walls with important historical moments of Slovakia enclose the square, which lead visitors back to the old times. Movies about daily urban lives are also played as witnesses of the everlasting change, motion and development of cities.

Poland Pavilion

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Highlights: Paper-cutting

National Pavilion Day: May 22

Location: Zone C of the Expo site

Pavilion Features

The Poland Pavilion is composed of three concepts: Human, Creativity and the City. As a perfect example of the Polish architecture, it mirrors the combination of modernity and folk art, representing the creativity and imagination of Poland.

Slovenia Pavilion

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Theme: Open Book

National Pavilion Day: June 24

Location: Within Zone C of the Expo Site

Pavilion Features

The design of the Slovenia Pavilion comes from a book, with its obverse side resembling a bookshelf and thousands of books in all styles listed on it. Eight books with large sizes inside the pavilion symbolize "the eight immortals crossing the sea," which are famous characters in Chinese legends. These eight books showcase the economy, culture, science and technology, nature, human culture, sports and other aspects of Slovenia. Visitors may feel like going on an amazing journey while reading the eight books, with each page revealing sceneries, living creatures and multi-culture of the country and forming fantastic chapters.

Turkey Pavilion

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Theme: The Cradle of Civilization

National Pavilion Day: June 20

Location: Within Zone C of the Expo Site

Pavilion Features

The main inspiration for the exterior of the 2,000-square-meter rented pavilion was derived from one of the first known settlements in the world called "Catalhoyuk" in Turkish, the center of advanced culture in the Neolithic period. The pavilion looks like an amazing red and beige box with an animal sculpture, inviting visitors to explore a maze of dreams.

Monaco Pavilion

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Theme: Monaco Past, Present and Future; The Challenges of an Evolving City-State

National Pavilion Day: October 7

Location: Within Zone C of the Expo Site

Pavilion Features

The facade of the pavilion features several blue light rings of water to illustrate the country's attachment to its coastal environment. The 2,000-square-meter pavilion invites visitors to explore the evolution of cars, city transformation and KERS system from Monaco Grand Prix's beginning in 1929 in a special area dedicated to Formula One. The Monaco leg is the only city in the world to have a circuit inside it. A walk along typical old streets of Monaco will allow visitors to discover the city and its flora and fauna.

Portugal Pavilion

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Theme: Portugal, a Square for the World

National Pavilion Day: June 6

Location: Within Zone C of the Expo Site

Pavilion Features

Exterior curtain walls and interior attaching veneers of the pavilion are all decorate with walls of cork, a Portuguese-sourced, recyclable and environmentally friendly material. The exhibition area is divided into four sections of "moments," while supporting facility areas include a dining area and wine tasting area. Entrance halls, digital screens and theme exhibition areas showcase history, culture, economy and daily lives of Portugal. The relationship between Portugal and China during its history of about five centuries and its influence on modern Portugal are also presented in the pavilion.

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