This past weekend was the much anticipated visit to the World Expo in Shanghai. The Expo is an international technology sharing event where countries from around the world designs and sponsors the building of a pavilion to showcase each country's distinguishing features and latest technology. Hosting the Expo is a huge deal for China because 1. "All eyes of the world are on China" and 2. China is the first developing country (ever!) to host an Expo.
Here is the Code of Service when entering the World Expo: China style. After nearly nine months in Chinaland, I should have gone prepared to see all the Chinese flare imaginable. Yet it never fails to make me laugh.
Code of Service:
"Be kind and polite, take pride in your appearance, show hospitality in your service, converse properly, behave courteously, work hard and serve the Expo dedicatedly."
Here is line of security guards starting their busy day off in uniform. Everything is the same on these women from their slightly heeled shoes to the length of their hair. Lines of guards such as this were seen all over throughout the day. What a sight!
Mental intimidation I think....lookin' tough ladies!
Waiting in line to get inside and boy, were they were ready for some crowds!!
First sight of pavilions!
Algeria is on the far left, Angola is in the middle, and I can't see the name on the far right.
Close up of Angola:
Jared and Stephen being Chinese tourists outside of Canada:
In line outside of Canada's pavilion were people dressed up as wildlife. There was a butterfly-bird-looking woman, a woman dressed as a water droplet rolling around a fish tank on a wagon, and this tree-guy.
The tree caught in action terrorizing little children:
Inside the Canadian pavilion:
Inside the Canadian pavilion, there were bikes in front of screens that would take you through Canadian scenery at the pace of your pedaling.
Right to left: Lisa, Jared, Stephen, Me
There was a ride over the top of Switzerland, but the wait outside was 3 hours.
"Did Serbia invent legos?" -Jared
Buddhist prayer flags:
United Arab Emirates:
The Huangpu River cuts Shanghai right through the middle, and the Expo grounds were put on either side it. These are the lines to take the Expo ferry across the river.
View from the boat.
FYI: This is the bluest sky I have ever seen in Shanghai.
This next picture is from a famous toursit spot in Shanghai called 'the Bund':
Over and out,