Travel Diary: An American in China, 5

June 27, 2010 § Leave a comment

Hiya earthlings πŸ™‚

It’s finally hitting me that I don’t have too much time left in China. Two weeks to go, it’s getting a bit bittersweet. How weird is it that I’m still recapping events from my second week here?

Shanghai Expo. This is an event as eagerly anticipated and heartily prepared for almost as much as the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Wowza. What is it? It’s a world exposition– each country readies a pavilion and showcases their business ventures and plans for green living within it. Expo lasts through the entire summer, all the way through October, and each day welcomes crowds upwards of 10,000+ (the line for each pavilion lasts anywhere between 3-7 hrs).

Personal tips:

  • Unless you are truly interested in the more technical/factual aspects of these exhibits, I would make my visit between 5 pm-9 pm. The lines are a lot shorter and the view is amazing once it gets dark and the lights are turned on. Plus, the tickets are half price!
  • Wear comfortable shoes! You walk, a lot.
  • Bring an empty water bottle. Water’s not allowed through security, but water bottles are and there are plenty of water fountain stations for you to fill em up.
  • Concentrate on the scenery and architecture; it’s probably best to visit one or two pavilions, but the prettiest place to be is outside!
  • Find a map and study it! The area is humongous. Figure out how you want to wander about. We couldn’t find the North American area at all!

Expo tickets! Notice: the two yellow ones were 160 RMB, but the purple ones were only 80 RMB…

Really cool ripply effect at this pavilion… Loads of umbrellas!

The Outer Space pavilion? These effects were pretty cool, but the inside wasn’t really spectacular… just a few tidbits to observe.

This rotating Coca Cola FIFA World Cup pavilion attraction tickled me πŸ™‚ That’s as close to the USA as I got though :/

The crowd literally swarming to get onto the ferry from the Pu’xi section to the Pu’dong section

Samoaaa… The Pacific Islands pavilion was one of my favs πŸ™‚

We ate in the Food Pavilion right by the Pacific Islands pavilion. There are food stations from every major city in China, each offering their most renowned specialties. I picked the Hong Kong station and had the shrimp wonton soup with noodles and bokchoy. It was a bit bland, but the shrimp wontons were delicious πŸ™‚

The China Pavilion… Ain’t it purty?

Overall, I had a good time at Expo even though it was drizzly and we were sort of mindlessly wandering around and ended up with aching feet. It’s all good!

Nighty night,

C

**Note: A huge pet peeve of mine is poor quality pics 😦 Unfortunately, this is what an iPhone at nighttime with no flash or zoom gets you. My sister’s camera contains most of our Expo pics, including some super-cool panoramic ones, so I shall be posting those maybe sometime in August? Bear with me until then!

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