Shanghai Expo 2010
Shanghai is the host of the 2010 world expo. the world exposition is held every 2 years with different host cities around the world, I only attendred once in 1985 in tsukuba in japan. The main attractions at World's Fairs are the national pavilions, created by participating countries. The site of the event is the Nanpu Bridge-Lupu Bridge region in the center of Shanghai along both sides of the Huangpu River. The theme of the exposition will be "Better City – Better Life" and signifies Shanghai's new status in the 21st century as a major economic and cultural center.
May 1 to Oct 31, 2010
200 There are 9 types of tickets for the 2010 expo:
Peak Day Single Day Admission
Peak Day Special Admission
Standard Day Single Day Admission
Standard Day Special Admission
3 Day Admission
7 Day Admission
Student Group Admission
Peak Day means first 3 days after opening, which also is the holiday of Labour's Day (May 1–May 3, 2010), China's national day (Oct 1, 2010–Oct 7, 2010) and the last 7 days of the expo 2010 (Oct 25–Oct 31, 2010). There are 19 Peak Days total. Peak Day ticket holders can enter the expo zone at any time (Peak Days and Standard Days).
Standard Day means the whole expo time (May 1–Oct 31, 2010), excluding Peak Days. There are 168 Standard Days in total. Standard Day ticket holders can enter the expo zone on any standard day, but not on Peak Days.
3 Day and 7 Day Day Admission tickets are the equivalent of 3/7 Standard Day Admission tickets.
Evening Admission tickets are only valid after 17:00, and are only available in Standard Day.
Group Admission is for no less than 15 people; Student Group Admission is for no less than 30 students. Both ticket types require reservations in advance.
Special Admission is for the following people:
People born in or before 1950
Students with valid IDs
Children under 1.2m
Chinese military personnel on active duty
For Special Admission, valid IDs are required upon ticket purchase and entry, and can enter on any day, Peak or Standard.
All tickets only can enter once in the entry day.
Children shorter than 1.2m can enter for free.
The basic price is Standard Day in expo session (RMB 160 Yuan, about $20). The price will be less if paid in advance.
the expo website is: www.en.expo2010.cn/
A Popular Irish Pub
O'Malley's Irish Pub is a huge, meandering pub located in an old mansion. It is divided up into various section or rooms and even has a library. O'Malley's is famous for it's massive patio garden. These are a rarity in this part of China so it is great to have an opportunity to a beer under the stars. This bar is extremely popular with expats and foriegn business people flying into Shanghai. It also serves as a sports bar with many televisions for you viewing. casual
Small outdoor cafe in Yuyuan Bazaar
Bamboo Garden Teahouse is a small outdoor café in the Yuyuan Bazaar area of Shanghai’s old town. I visited this café in May 2008.
Despite its name, the café advertises coffee and beer (not tea!) on the main board out front. Tea is in fact on the menu, but having just come from the nearby Old Shanghai Tea House (and consumed a week’s worth of tea!), I was looking for a cold beer.
As well as coffee, tea and beer, the menu features soft drinks, bottled mineral water and coconut milk – you’ll see the coconuts piled up on the café’s counter!
The café is located in a particularly busy shopping area of the Yuyuan Bazaar, surrounded by souvenir shops, clothes shops and all sorts of other vendors housed in grand pagoda-roofed buildings. It is a good place to sit and watch the throngs of locals and tourists shopping in the adjacent bazaar. I was surprised to find that the café was almost empty when I arrived, so I took a seat at one of the outdoor tables beneath a large parasol and ordered a bottle of beer.
I paid 20 Yuan / 1.70 GBP for a 296ml bottle of Tsingtao beer.
A small outdoor teahouse in the heart of Shanghai’s Yuyuan Bazaar.
Almost all western cities list in their noticeable points a... Chinatown, most of them with nothing special to see or to do than buying the cheap crafts that China exports worldwide.
In Shanghai, I saw a REAL Chinatown, with precious architecture, and crowds moving from shop to shop, here and there with so beautiful sites that... we forget to look at the crafts!
Pearl of the East
"Its a lively city ..."
At the central location in china’s coastal line, bordering the Pacific Ocean on the east and Hangzhou Bay on the south, Shanghai is a brilliant pearl along the golden water course at the mouth of the Yangtze River.
Shanghai boasts a total area of 6341 sq km (of which urban area occupies 749 sq km), a total population of 16 million (of which urban population amounts to over 7 million) and daily floating population of 2.5 million.
Shanghai shaped into a city as early as 1291, is one of China’s famous historical and cultural cities. In early 16th century, Shanghai has already been China’s hub for textile and handicraft industry. Since the city began to be opened as a port in 1843, Shanghai has gradually turned into a monetary centre in Asia.
After the founding of Peoples Republic of China in 1949, Shanghai has become China’s centre for commerce and trade, for science and technology, and China’s important financial and cultural base.
As an International metropolis for exchanges with countries in the world, Shanghai has made it known to the world for convergence of Chinese and western culture, rich cultural resources and heritage, diversified stage performances from China and the world, concentration of food with different local taste.
Shanghai enjoys four distinct seasons with mild temperature and sufficient rainfall all the year round. Shanghai serves as China’s important export and import port and an important transportation hub linking all parts of China, as well as a window through which the overseas tourist know the society of the modern and contemporary China.