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Shanghai prepares for Expo 2010

Construction workers and organizers in Shanghai, China are busily completing tasks ahead of the planned opening of the 2010 World Expo on May 1st - planned to be the largest World Expo in history. The theme of the Expo is "Better City, Better Life", and is scheduled to run until October 31, 2010. In recent months, large construction and renovation projects have dominated much of Shanghai, in preparation for becoming the World's stage on May 1st. Up to 800,000 visitors are expected each day - a total of 70 million visitors in all visiting exhibitions from nearly 200 participants around the world. Collected here are several recent photos from Shanghai as construction nears completion for the Expo 2010. (31 photos total)

In this photo taken Sunday, Feb. 21, 2010, a man labors in front of the Seed Cathedral, formed by thousands of slender acrylic rods - the centerpiece of the UK Pavilion, at the Shanghai World Expo site in Shanghai, China. The expo starts May 1 and runs for six months. It is expected to draw 70 million visitors. (AP Photo)
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302 comments so far...


Posted by Anonymous March 15, 10 12:04 PM


Posted by mihu March 15, 10 12:05 PM

Just amazing.....

Posted by GDurand March 15, 10 12:05 PM

Is there a Mexican Pavilion??

Posted by Jorge March 15, 10 12:07 PM

Awesome! I was at the one in Nagoya years back. Lots of fun!

Posted by kevin z March 15, 10 12:09 PM

I m gonna miss the yang's fry dumpling place....

Posted by Indra March 15, 10 12:09 PM


Posted by chandler0819 March 15, 10 12:26 PM

This is not the way to achieve "Better City, Better Life".
While only a fraction of people will benefit from better cities of these kinds, a fraction of this investment can make a better life for a large population of China.

Posted by M.S. March 15, 10 12:28 PM

Seems so wasteful to build all of this when so many in China and elsewhere have no jobs or food.

Brilliant pictures, though!!

Posted by Jeff March 15, 10 12:33 PM

Parece até impossível de tão incrível!

Posted by Livia (Brasil) March 15, 10 12:34 PM

omg always the same comments in here, so annoying!

Posted by Alessandro March 15, 10 12:39 PM

Totally meaningless and wasting money, it reflects the stupidity of human being.
What is the carbon footprint?
Why not save those big chunk of money for people in Chile, Haiti or Africa?
I curse all these stupid Expo things...

Posted by LinSD March 15, 10 12:40 PM

The Chinese are going to leave the rest of the wold in dust! This is amazing! This is fantastic! This is super! This is a clear demonstration of big, strong China. The other BRIC countries are practically irrelevant, especially India

Posted by Hong Shu March 15, 10 12:44 PM

I'm sppechless

Posted by Ali March 15, 10 12:46 PM

We all look at the bright side of these glorious building and nobody cares those people who have to move their home unwillingly.

Posted by think March 15, 10 12:49 PM

There's still a Yang's on Huanghe Rd, but if there's ever a site ripe for 拆ing, it's...

Posted by Micah S March 15, 10 12:51 PM

@Jorge: Yes, there is a Mexian Pavilion. The concept of the Mexican Pavilion is a Kite Forest, combining colorful kites and green grass, representing the ideas of future urban life as advocated by Mexico. The Expo Areas being undeground if I understood correctly.

I also stumbled upon this website targeting the European Pavilions:
They have quite a lot of interesting Information and News about what each European Country will organize.

Posted by Thierry March 15, 10 12:53 PM

On the one hand, these buildings are awesome.

On the other hand, I will never get a chance to see them in person.

On the other hand, I am a mutant.

Posted by Kevin Diabolick March 15, 10 12:56 PM

What was a viable neighborhood is replaced by a passing fancy...beautiful as it is...what good will it BE

Posted by stljoie March 15, 10 01:25 PM

amazing what $140/month gets you

Posted by jacob March 15, 10 01:25 PM

Great pictures, I will have a chance to visit there this year, maybe. :-)

Shanghai is not the only city to hold such Exp, and will no be the last one. So do not dig every chance to denigrate China. Consider issue on its own merits.

Posted by Thomas. S March 15, 10 01:42 PM

Can you do a Pictorial about Detroit next?

Posted by Daniela EauRouge March 15, 10 02:03 PM


Posted by davidsangboi March 15, 10 02:11 PM

This is architectural pornography!

Posted by James March 15, 10 02:15 PM

Que bello...

Posted by APG March 15, 10 02:15 PM


Posted by Jorge I. Leon March 15, 10 02:15 PM

so beautiful ~

Posted by snsn March 15, 10 02:24 PM

#10 isn't what you say it is.
It's the South African pavilion.

Posted by Stephen Walker March 15, 10 02:30 PM

you should see the mexican pavillion,

Posted by gonzalo at March 15, 10 02:38 PM



Posted by PJS March 15, 10 02:45 PM

So how does this work? Countries all around the world send in their own designs for their pavilion and then Chinese workers start building their building?

Posted by ernie. March 15, 10 03:06 PM

Strangely beautiful - but as many others have said, such a waste.

I wonder what areas like this and cities like Dubai will look like in the future? Maybe I'm channeling some dystopian idea... sorry for being pessimistic :)

Posted by Josh March 15, 10 03:15 PM

These are some really unique and interesting structures being built here. I've seen something akin to the Seed Cathedral before, but never on this enormous level. But I, for one, am glad that you didn't gloss over the destruction (as seen in Photos 7-11) that goes along with all this creation. I hope the people living in these areas were treated fairly before they were given the boot. Somehow I doubt it.

Posted by kevjohn March 15, 10 03:25 PM

stupid before 2012...

Posted by michael March 15, 10 03:40 PM

Ditto #18 and #24! Boy, would I love to see all these fantastic buildings in person!

Posted by mileslarboy March 15, 10 03:45 PM

nice, the UK's Seed Cathedral

Posted by gza March 15, 10 03:59 PM

Wow, amazing!

Posted by ugooh March 15, 10 04:24 PM

Some impressive architecture. Luv the photo of the seeds.

Posted by human being March 15, 10 04:35 PM

I remember Expo 67 here in Montreal, Canada and let me tell it was a wonderful time for all. People were happy, the architectural design of the buildings on the Expo site were magnificent. I really missed those good times. Expo is a big celebration of our differences, our cultures; definitely a great way of exploring the human in all of us. Kudos to Shanghai.

Posted by vincenzo March 15, 10 04:37 PM

Le pavillon français a l'air pourri par rapport aux autres .

Posted by Anonymous March 15, 10 05:10 PM

Hmmm lets tear down people's homes so the world doesn't see the poverty that is taking place.

Posted by pplandis March 15, 10 05:56 PM

I am in awe!

Posted by Anonymous March 15, 10 06:00 PM

Everyone is showing his best, very nice,expensive, collosal
But at home it gets from bad to worse... Just more and more asphalt everywhere, and the cheaper the building per m2 the better.
Towns lost their spirit, now its just stress and money,
We got technologies, knowledge how to solve things,but no time.
Managers with their stupid 'winning spirits' are just sick people, that will destroy this civilization, may be China will prevail, because it has no scruple of copying and using patents which can help her to survive

Posted by firex March 15, 10 06:18 PM

Super Fotos von super kreativen Bauwerken. Bravo. Bin leidenschaftlicher Betrachter von Big Picture Fotostrecken. Es gibt doch noch Zeitungsverlage, die sich Bildredakteure leisten, was man an der Auswahl der Bilder sieht.

Posted by Knut Vahlensieck March 15, 10 06:34 PM

Wow. These are just incredible. I'm in awe.

Posted by Gedy March 15, 10 06:48 PM

I wonder how sturdy are the acrylic rods are under the force of high winds or an object hurled at them? It would appear that they could be snapped fairly easily, but I'm sure that was accounted for in the design. It does make for an interesting facade.

Posted by Chad March 15, 10 06:56 PM

ironic visualization of the Chinese growth pattern, tons of GDP, tons of FDI. what about the people? do they get a chance to share this growth?

Posted by Anonymous March 15, 10 06:57 PM


Posted by bachtiar March 15, 10 07:43 PM

Wow,this is great.

Posted by Zouza March 15, 10 08:45 PM

Thanks again for the very interesting pictures, a topic which a lot of people would otherwise not hear much about. Probably will not make it to Shanghai but now have an idea of the work involved, awesome.

Posted by Leslie March 15, 10 08:58 PM

I can see a Union Jack from the Seed Cathedral of the UK pavillon which is 1st photograph as displayed! Well Done!!

Posted by YeFeng March 15, 10 09:00 PM

I love Shanghai!
I love China!

Posted by WEI March 15, 10 09:07 PM
Posted by ez March 15, 10 09:34 PM

To those of you whining about how this money could've been spent elsewhere- light up! Should we get rid of all art, sporting events, games, parades, etc? Yeesh.

Posted by Dave March 15, 10 09:37 PM

i love the Yang's and other food on Wujiang road!
How stupid that they demolished them!

Posted by Ting Y March 15, 10 10:03 PM


Posted by 曾 March 15, 10 10:08 PM


Posted by efish March 15, 10 10:44 PM

i love china . from china every boy

Posted by phoenix March 15, 10 11:33 PM

A friend of mine Art Directed the displays at the Australian pavilion, so I hope they are favourably received.

Posted by GuanoLad March 15, 10 11:46 PM

很 伟大的 工 程 , 向 中国致敬, 将成为世界冠军

Posted by Alice Loo March 16, 10 12:07 AM

The gov. knows well how to burn money!!!

Posted by gentlewind March 16, 10 12:27 AM


Posted by Lemon March 16, 10 01:06 AM

It's jus amazing how each one looks.. on the other hand it's really sad that the old chinese streets are being flattened... Wu jiang Rd is such a famous place for ppl trying out local it's gone.. wonder where that culture fragment will be...
and of course, wonderful job! those cool construction workers!

Posted by lesleyL March 16, 10 01:26 AM


Posted by 枝 March 16, 10 01:57 AM


Posted by 翟 March 16, 10 02:10 AM


Posted by Normany March 16, 10 02:33 AM


Posted by jinanboy March 16, 10 02:40 AM

شيء اكثر من رائع

Posted by AR March 16, 10 03:09 AM

were the dumplings any good?

Posted by Henk March 16, 10 03:13 AM

Noticing a lot of hateful comments about wasting money and resources and how the money and resources can be put to better use. As much as I agree with these people, I think they should take their negative comments elsewhere. This page was made for the purpose of photography and to admire the workmanship and art put into the buildings; this is not a page about politics.

I don't come breaking into your house party screaming how you could have donated your beer money and cake money to starving children, so please don't come into a page regarding photography and architecture with your negative comments on how the resources could have been put to better use.

p.s I love the design off all these buildings, great works of art.

Posted by Jaiden March 16, 10 03:22 AM

the great... :)

Posted by ammar hassan March 16, 10 03:32 AM

I'm glad to be an expat in this city, it's mentally addicting, which I cannot decided if it's a good or bad thing.

Posted by didarx79 March 16, 10 03:42 AM

It does show a sharp contrast in life for the 'migrant' worker sleeping on a pavement/verandah versus the mammoth structure he/she has built....

Something to think about for the BRIC countries....Are mega structures going to solve problems arising out of poverty?

Posted by justathought March 16, 10 04:23 AM

Long Live China....

Posted by Shahrukh March 16, 10 05:03 AM

*gasp* what happens to all that plastic after the expo! in particular the seed pavilion?

Posted by Heléna March 16, 10 05:06 AM

what a waste of money

Posted by Anonymous March 16, 10 05:17 AM

Impressive ... as usual.
Thanks !

Posted by Fresdy March 16, 10 05:41 AM

very interesting. thanks a lot.

Posted by Anonymous March 16, 10 06:07 AM

劳民伤财 抵制世博

Posted by fuc March 16, 10 06:38 AM

#8: I have been to the Yang's Fry-Dumpling restaurant at Wujiang road's street food market. Love the street and the old building. It is really sad that part of the culture have to be destroy for development.

Posted by Low Bi Hong March 16, 10 07:23 AM

didarx79 - yes indeed, it is a strangely magnetic city
Heléna - china goes to great lengths to recycle resources, unlike the europeans' recycling in words only, then dumping the trash through a legal crack somewhere in malaysia or indonesia

Posted by rado March 16, 10 08:10 AM


Posted by chonghua March 16, 10 08:13 AM

what happens to all these pavilions when the expo is finished? i'm going to be in shanghai in nov/december just after the expo finishes. will they still be around to see?

Posted by jer March 16, 10 08:54 AM

Is there a bra shaped bavilion to go along with pic 28?

Posted by Evan March 16, 10 09:24 AM


Posted by JOHN March 16, 10 09:31 AM

Wow! Fantastic design and innovation (and photography)! I'd love to see these in person.

Posted by Amy March 16, 10 09:36 AM

@ Comment 13
The other BRIC countries are irrelevant ? What kind of stupid comment is that? China indeed is doing well, mostly because of its sheer size, not due to good Government or strategic planning(communism not that great).

Brazil definitely has the best chances of leaving BRIC behind as you said. With its smart government planning and natural resources Brazil was the last one to be hit by the world economic downturn and the first to get out.

World Cup 2014 and the Olympics in 2016, shows how world perception of Brazil is getting better everyday. Plus have you ever been to Brazil? China has got nothing on Brazil!

SO why don't you try to blog something bad about china and see if the Gov won't come after you.. ahh freedom!

Posted by Brian March 16, 10 09:42 AM

picture 17 is the best

Posted by Anonymous March 16, 10 09:50 AM

When Nixon opened up trade with China the idea was that China would adapt and convert to a free economy. What has happened is instead of that Western Capitalists have been corrupted by the use of cheap labor.Labor that can not organize.So instead of a free China we are getting even more ruthless corporation bosses who have coped to the idea that people are just replaceable piston parts that should be Thankful that they created jobs.
Of coarse when you look at this nice commercial front don't forget to check out all the nifty new military industrial complexes, the underground nuclear submarine pens, huge battleships to be found on Google Earth at the other end of this spectrum. Speaking of Google they seem to be the only ones standing up to Chinese terrorism.

Posted by Lee Stevens March 16, 10 09:58 AM

Marvelous architechtures!! Can't wait to see them! The architects and the workers are equally lovely and impressive!!!!

Posted by Cigale March 16, 10 10:06 AM

To comment 13

Wow, someone's brainwashed...come out of your cave and see the world

Posted by ptben March 16, 10 10:21 AM

where the hell is the American pavilion???

Posted by Jack March 16, 10 10:22 AM


Posted by 天朝人 March 16, 10 10:38 AM


Posted by 天朝人 March 16, 10 10:40 AM

Tikrai yra geru vaizdu!

Posted by Saulius March 16, 10 10:51 AM

inspiratif, this is a big party for architecture, design and contruction...China is great

Posted by ari saputra March 16, 10 11:16 AM

低调 低调

Posted by Brother sharp March 16, 10 11:48 AM

To those who say it's a waste of money... the money isn't just sent off into space. It goes to the thousands of people around the world employed in the design, construction, and engineering of the pavilions. those that manufactured all of the acrylic rods and glass and paint and tile that's used on them. those who organized the expo and who work there once it's opened. None of this is done in a vacuum. So what's wrong with a forum to create interesting ground-breaking architecture that can inspire people?

Posted by macbeth March 16, 10 12:10 PM


Posted by *_* March 16, 10 12:22 PM

"where the hell is the American pavilion???"

I'm sure it will be exceptional.

Posted by b lee March 16, 10 12:25 PM

Waste of money? Right, Shanghai should save the money and give them to Uncle Sam, so it can send more troops (estimate cost for one soldier is $1 million per year by Obama administration) to Iraq or Afghanistan. That should be called money well spent!

Posted by Ashley March 16, 10 12:30 PM

very interesting...WISH TO GO THERE...
Tts a great opportunities for the architect to show there creativity.

Posted by MD.HASANUZZAMAN SARKAR March 16, 10 12:50 PM

Let's make peace for the world. Let's make beautiful dreams for the future.

Wasting of money? You bet! When money were washed out by Wall Street MANAGERS and paper money became paper.

Posted by Jimmy March 16, 10 01:02 PM

The dumplings are great.

Posted by Njen March 16, 10 01:03 PM


Posted by Kevin Wilson March 16, 10 01:19 PM

bunlar inanılmaz! Çin yakın geleceğe damgasını vuracak bu kesin!

Posted by Mehmet Türkiz March 16, 10 02:36 PM

It is sad to see again how the western people marvel at such a monument to despotism and oppression. It reminds us of the obsession the older generations had for the Soviet Union achievements. How can you not see that all this fancy dream is built with the hands of an enslaved population? Just like in the olimpic games. You people who hate the United States, and the freedom it represents, because is poweful and prosperous; I suggest you to think twice if you want a world dominated by China, the world greatest tyranny.

Posted by Urgelles March 16, 10 03:34 PM

What's with all the foreign gibberish? The Boston is now trying to remind us how very excitingly cosmopolitan their readership is? Like that's going to do jack for your circulation. Nix these comments already.

OT: I think this is a rather uninspiring effort, as Expos go. But maybe that's just because I'm furious with Beijing leveling Shanghai's historical quarters for this transient spectacle. It's time Beijing got a sharp lesson about who brings in the dough in the People's Republic.

Posted by Hon Wei March 16, 10 03:36 PM

Excellent photography!
Like good art should, it clearly evokes responses about aspects beyond the subject itself - in this case, the majesty and stupidity of our modern times.

Posted by PaulC March 16, 10 03:38 PM

Again, China shows us a glimpse into the future via architecture. Quite futuristic. Amazing designs. Where's the US pavilion?

Posted by JM March 16, 10 04:08 PM

@Urgelles The purpose of this showcase here is to display architectural feats. Express your vague, out-of-context critique somewhere appropriate.

But if you really want to travel down that road, what, might I ask, are YOU doing for this "enslaved population" that is making such great strides in liberating them from their oppression? You've just degraded the artists and organizers of the Expo, not to mention homogenized and belittled an entire nation. Who's the tyrant here?

Posted by C March 16, 10 04:54 PM

we can be with all three:

- appreciate the artful photography and amazing architecture
- acknowledge that money could be spent for wiser AND worse purposes
- be aware that people suffer anywhere in the world - be it China,
Africa, or the US.

And while doing so we can become aware that ALL OF US also, in some form or another, are guilty of waste, oppression, destruction AND that we can all do beautiful, generous, and compassionate things.

Be the change.

Posted by Thomas March 16, 10 05:04 PM


Making Western liberty and democracy more prosperous and powerful than eastern despotims. This cultural manifestations from China have everything to do with politics. It is known that totalitarian regimes uses culture and sports as ways of promoting their image to the outside world while enslaving their population. Soviet Union with chess and gymnastic, Nazi Germany with the Olympic Games of 1936, Cuba with boxing. All part of a unitarian plan to overwhelm the free world while destroying human liberty and dignity. Totalitarian China is no exception. Just take a look at Tibet; ask their opinion on this exhibition and the last Olympic Games.

There are those who close their eyes to these realities while feeling awe to the gigantic achievements of totalitarian regimes. I just can't.

Posted by Urgelles March 16, 10 06:10 PM

well done!

Posted by Sinan / Turkey March 16, 10 06:11 PM

The Seed Cathedral is so cool!
And the Dutch pavilion - very creative and innovative - suggests they are concerned with putting their homes up out of reach of the water.

Posted by Andrew Buwalda March 16, 10 06:24 PM

@ #70 - I came in to make a political comment about waste of resources - but you are so right. The photos are amazing, the architecture is awesome and I love this blog. Regardless.

Posted by Shane J March 16, 10 06:47 PM

TO 70:

I DO come breaking into your house party screaming how you could have spend your beer money and cake money to YOUR starving children.
This is the correct metaphor.

Posted by Li March 16, 10 06:55 PM

One of the kind.

Posted by A Y March 16, 10 07:45 PM

these photo's are spectacular, but what do they do with the pavilions when they're done with the expo? i'd assume they leave them up... ?

Posted by courey March 16, 10 08:18 PM

i love the way these structures blend with all the texture. really fantastic pictures here. well done

Posted by jianchung March 16, 10 08:50 PM

once in your lifetime expo that can't be missed!

Posted by angela kim March 16, 10 10:10 PM

As I know all the buildings or pavilions will be removed after the EXPO. Where to? of course their home country, i.e. Seed Cathedral will move to UK, Australia's move to Australia, Spanish pavilion relocate to Spain. Could be a "mass relocation(that will be funny!!)"
Of course people will have a chance to taste the peak of EXPO in their own land.

Posted by A K March 16, 10 10:15 PM


Posted by cheunz March 16, 10 10:40 PM


Posted by incognito March 16, 10 10:53 PM

I am Chinese, and have one question:
Will Mississippi tax payers be happy to see such lavish infrastructures being built in NYC using money from federal budget?

Posted by Jun LI March 16, 10 11:57 PM


Posted by 炎之便便 March 17, 10 12:10 AM

the first pic is outstanding
great serie of pics, as usual

Posted by hamperium March 17, 10 12:52 AM

Beautiful, but a huge waste. 2008's expo is already sealed off and abandoned for over a year now.

Posted by Anonymous March 17, 10 01:35 AM

The future has to take root from somewhere where new ideas can be expressed, such as an expo like this. Even if the individual ideas don't take root, they spark the imagination of everyone who visits here or even views photos such as these. There is much that happens behind the scenes as well. It is worthwhile and worth the cost.

Nice work on the photographs.

Posted by Johnny B. March 17, 10 01:49 AM

wow. love the seed cathedral.
the west's creativity and china's cheap slave labour put together, the world will be amazed.

Posted by slaveboycn March 17, 10 03:44 AM

I wonder what they will do with all these pavillion once the expo is finished,.. Anyway it's the same here in Italy, on a smaller size of course but still there's a lot they are wasting. And all the worse for people who will pay for it, and all the best for people who will get a lot of money from this (expecially mafia, here). It must be very very difficult to have enough brain to build things that will be usefull also afterwards expo,.. But maybe I'm asking too much, thinking about what will happen tomorrow? The main attitude seems to be let's grab what we can and run, instead.

Posted by Linda March 17, 10 03:45 AM

This is absolutely art
I am so going to shanghai to visit

Posted by amberism March 17, 10 03:55 AM

I like 24, 25, 26 its icredible ...

Posted by tina March 17, 10 04:22 AM


Posted by 张 March 17, 10 04:38 AM


Posted by wuzhez March 17, 10 04:53 AM

gov is rich, but people are poor

Posted by Paul Deng March 17, 10 05:00 AM

ezek már megint kitaláltak valami csúdát

Posted by kohut March 17, 10 05:36 AM

@rado - my comments were not a criticism of China and would have been the same wherever the expo was held, the design in the case of the seed bank would have been commissioned by the UK

Posted by Heléna March 17, 10 05:42 AM

espectacular la arquitectura!!Como pueda voy a China a e ver la Expo!!!

Posted by carlos March 17, 10 06:05 AM

Saddened by a country who spends so lavishly on Olympics and Worlds Fairs while so many of their people live as paupers.

Please feel free to join with those voting with eyes and wallet.

Posted by Vetter March 17, 10 07:10 AM


Posted by Anonymous March 17, 10 07:23 AM

Shanghai is becoming more and more beautiful. I am going to Shanghai in July. It will be a nice trip! It will be a nice Expo,too. Shanghai is very morden!

Posted by Annie Hathaway March 17, 10 08:47 AM

hope people live in nice home land, and happiness. not others

Posted by Anonymous March 17, 10 09:08 AM

This is going to be the most ridiculous expo ever...

Posted by Charles Dawson March 17, 10 09:08 AM

vay amina koyiyim..

Posted by mert yilmaz March 17, 10 09:23 AM

I wonder who is going to pick out all the trash that the wind will blow into the outside of that giant pin cushion seed building?


Posted by Dick March 17, 10 09:59 AM

The official word is that 10% of the pavilions won't be finished in time for May 1st. That's the official word... many have experienced long delays, poor weather (it basically rained for the last month) and corruption, not to mention the logistical problems involved.

By the way, Wujiang Road is miles away from the Expo site. It has nothing to do with the Expo, but everything to do with Shanghai sprucing up and putting on a good face. This city took on a massive task, and has made big strides, but could never live up to the 'Better City, Better Life' slogan. It hasn't even bothered to really explain what the Expo is to its own people, many of which have no interest in going.

I've been here for over six years, half of which for sure has involved Expo construction, but most of the pavilions only started work last year. Despite years to prepare, many have faced tight deadlines, probably due to red tape and the sheer enormity of the buildings. The American pavilion, which some asked about, will likely be one of the last to be finished. Only a last-minute agreement secured American participation... that's right, the most powerful country on earth almost didn't partake of the world's fair because it was facing a credit crunch at home. Hilary had to fundraise in order to make it happen. I haven't heard a peep about it recently, as opposed to the many of the others like the Swiss and U.K. pavilions.

I got my tickets. I didn't breathe in years of construction dust for nothing. It's going to be awesome. I agree with some that money can be better spent, but the world needs inspiration. I think the Expo can be a big boost for the creative industries here, which are usually overlooked. I've heard that all of the buildings are being dismantled afterward, and the area used for residential space (though I could be wrong).

Posted by Feds March 17, 10 10:48 AM

nothing better than having scalding broth explode into your mouth when you bite into a yang's dumping. I'm headed to shanghai for the weekend, should be cool to go check out some of the buildings. The whole city has gotten a huge face lift, with the gov spending more money getting ready for this than the Olympics. that street yang's is on has changed a lot over the past year, and is unrecognizable from 3 years ago.

Posted by PG March 17, 10 10:58 AM

China's business is business. The expo may not last forever, but that is not the point - its there to attract business. Credit where credit is due - China is doing well for itself. The West is stuck in politics & can't remember a time when they had to brake some eggs to make omelets - nevermind build something great to inspire their people to greatness.

Posted by Peter-John Freeman March 17, 10 11:27 AM

US pavilion... oh yes... we don't give a damn!

(don't know whether this is good or bad... .)

Posted by zume March 17, 10 12:08 PM

I thought that we had world economy crisis...
..shame on human kind...

Posted by Anonymous March 17, 10 12:32 PM

c'est comme faucher un champ de boutons d' or et de pâquerettes pour planter une rose. je n' arrive pas, hélas, à éprouver de plaisir en regardant ces superbes photos.

Posted by fabien March 17, 10 12:33 PM


Posted by MARK AGARD March 17, 10 12:35 PM

The Expo are making the city really uncomfortable. Like the destroying of Wujiang Road. Too many constructions, too much dust, soaring price, too less care to the people.


Posted by Nonethis March 17, 10 12:53 PM

面子呀, 哎!

Posted by 阿米 March 17, 10 05:37 PM


Posted by Heather March 17, 10 06:03 PM

baba sanat bunlar. gıyamam oturmaya

Posted by ono baran March 17, 10 07:00 PM


Posted by jordie March 17, 10 08:58 PM

Great Pix!!!
As a Shanghai native, i'd say, i'm pround of be the part of the city, but kinda sad that the 2010 Expo and stuff doesn't bring a better life so far.
Well, we'll see...

Posted by Lynn March 17, 10 09:36 PM

Great photos. Really looking forward to EXPO. I hope brings a great opportunity for people meet from around the world and to understand one and another more clearly.

For Urgelles and the others who see China as an oppressor this is a great chance for you to visit and see for yourself, not just what you are feed by the media.

China has succeeded in bringing more people out of poverty than any other nation in history. What is happening to the wealth in the worlds largest democracy India? Inequality is everywhere not just in the developing world. We need more balance. Please don't preach human rights - I am British, we have a long & shameful history of abuse and just because we think that in the last 30 years we have become cleaner than clean we should look at the actions of our corporations that exploit legal imbalances in the world for OUR benefit.

Think, enjoy, admire, be happy, smile, share - the world isn't all bad.

Hope to see in Shanghai for an amazing event.

Posted by James @ Wan Ling Tea House March 17, 10 09:40 PM

The designs are fantastic. The engineering and artistic creations seem to work well together. It is a shame that older parts and the masses of communities are shipped out to make way for these events. Whole communities have been torn apart, the friendships/families that have had to move to new areas, possibly farther away from works and friends.
It happens all over the globe unfortunately, possibly not to the scale that has happened here (and also for the Three Gorges Dam Project).
Would love to visit for the expo, or possibly soon after to see it before it is moth balled.

Posted by Jeff - Melbourne - Australia March 17, 10 09:47 PM


Posted by もん March 17, 10 09:49 PM

Fantastic photos, and even more so, the architecture!

Posted by Landon E. March 17, 10 10:05 PM

wow... the capacity of men to create the ilusion that everything is OK... always seems to impress me.

Posted by francisco Marquez March 17, 10 10:13 PM

The Australian pavilion is just SO disappointing! While other countries are exploring geometric space, cultural relevance and technological advancements, we are clinging to clichéd imagery!
It is as though they are making bad Tshirt souvenirs for tourists in the 1980s! Didn't these guys read Venturi & his decorated box?
A vertically extruded blob clad in corten steel (because everything in Aus is rusty..!?) simply does not cut it in such creative company.
A real shame...

Posted by Tim March 17, 10 10:52 PM


Posted by KING March 17, 10 11:19 PM

Bulldozing the culture & the history will lead China to the hell...

Posted by hide March 17, 10 11:58 PM

I am the photographer who took photo #25. Not the most impressive one of this great collection, but not the best of the ones I took either. Check to see more photos I took on Shanghai world Expo site.

Posted by Lucas Schifres March 18, 10 12:48 AM

very good

Posted by aihuabao March 18, 10 01:50 AM


Posted by atilla tuncel March 18, 10 03:15 AM

Great buildings, great human!

Posted by icy March 18, 10 04:03 AM

Shocked by the architectures. I even have an impulse to buy a ticket (if still possible). I appreciate these photos.

As for the labors, well, these photos don't satisfy Chinese standard, in which you should see something but forget something else. And concerning the money, I don't know anything.

Posted by Nyaruko March 18, 10 04:38 AM

This is not a waste Of money,, it creates a lot of Jobs world wide....

and what a treat for the eye,,,, this will be a monumentaly memorable Expo....

Posted by MrOlason March 18, 10 05:28 AM

~The Paradox of Our Life~

“The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers,
wider highways, but narrower viewpoints.

We spend more, but have less, we buy more, but enjoy less.

We have bigger houses and smaller families, more conveniences, but less time.

We have more degrees but less sense, more knowledge, but less judgment, more experts, yet more
problems, more medicine, but less wellness.

We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little,
drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too
little, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom.

We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values.

We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often.

We’ve learned how to make a living, but not a life.

We’ve added years to life not life to years.

We’ve been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbour.

We conquered outer space but not inner space.

We’ve done larger things, but not better things.

We’ve cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul.

We’ve conquered the atom,but not our prejudice.

We write more, but learn less.

We plan more, but accomplish less.

We’ve learned to rush, but not to wait.

We build more computers to hold more information, to produce more copies than ever, but we
communicate less and less.

These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion, big men and small
character, steep profits and shallow relationships.

These are the days of two incomes but more divorce, fancier houses, but
broken homes.

These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throw awaymorality,
one night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything
from cheer, to quiet, to kill.

It is a time when there is much in the showroom window and nothing in the stockroom.

A time when technology can bring this letter to you, and a time when you can choose either to share
this insight, or to just hit delete…

Remember, to spend some time with your loved ones, because they are not
going to be around forever.

Remember, say a kind word to someone who looks up to you in awe,
because that little person soon will grow up and leave your side.

Remember, to give a warm hug to the one next to you, because that is the
only treasure you can give with your heart and it doesn’t cost a cent.

Remember, to say, “I love you” to your partner and your loved ones, but most
of all mean it.

A kiss and an embrace will mend hurt when it comes from deep inside of you.

Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment for someday that person might
not be there again.

Give time to love, give time to speak!

And give time to share the precious thoughts in your mind.


Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments
that take our breath away.”

~ Bob Moorehead~

Posted by Ishak Latipi Mastan March 18, 10 06:39 AM

UK pavilion is amazing, creative and so interesting...

Posted by Viktorija March 18, 10 06:59 AM

It is very very excellent

Posted by karthigai chelvan.c March 18, 10 07:35 AM

Нехуёвые фоточки) Нам о таком только мечтать... Умеют же строить люди!

Posted by Selly March 18, 10 09:23 AM

Can't wait to be in Shanghai.....TQVM for the amazing photographs. Absolutely brilliant architectural works!!! The big pictures are really stunning.

After Beijing Olympics, now the world is coming to Shanghai...

BigPicture...please take us to Brazil and Russia as well.

Posted by Ishak Latipi Mastan March 18, 10 12:45 PM

I like big photos, and I can not lie ;)
Super colorful. I was telling my friend last week that he should do a photo set on all the construction in NYC.

Posted by ryanve March 18, 10 12:56 PM

A truly unique people! Stunning buildings!

Posted by Piero Campilii March 18, 10 01:06 PM

Amazing documentation of impressive and interesting structures... I do wish that all this creative destruction creates/inspires more than it destroys...

Posted by Shalin March 18, 10 01:42 PM


Posted by smel@я March 18, 10 02:22 PM

Have you guys ever seen Chartres, the Pyramids or Taj Mahal? What a waste of resources while people were starving!

Posted by Erik L. March 18, 10 08:25 PM


Btw, our world economy crisis is being buffered by CHINA , CHINESE People not by western countries like US, UK , Australia, All European countries.


Posted by Smith March 18, 10 09:05 PM

Hasil karya manusia yang luar biasa...tetapi jangan lupa...kepada Sang Maha Pencipta....semoga semuanya yang dihasilkan ...dipamerkan ...ada manfaatnya bagi umat manusia...(the spectacular products of human being...but don"t forget to The Super Creator...hopefully all the products ..that have been made...displayed...will have big beneficial for the mankind)

Posted by siswondho March 19, 10 04:21 AM

Magestic architecture for sure!... but the clearing residential complexes for a six month extravagnza sounds sad... for the residents and the country.

Posted by Gaurav March 19, 10 04:24 AM

As for the impact of the construction around the rest of the city- I'm so sick of it. It's nonstop, day and night. This comes with no small amount of contempt from the Chinese government for it's own people. Who is the art for? Not the chinese, tickets are too expensive for the average Chinese here. I'm skipping the expo. Art has a responsibility to the people too.

Posted by Chi Chiao March 19, 10 06:06 AM

LOVE the Dutch pavillion

Posted by Anonymous March 19, 10 02:25 PM

Amazing..cant wait to see it and touch it !!

Posted by aSh March 19, 10 02:56 PM


Posted by Dale Johnson March 19, 10 06:04 PM

Nice, a bit sad to see some of those vernacular architecture destroyed to make way for newer buildings. There are interesting details #10

Posted by Rizky March 19, 10 07:03 PM

99 樓的

Posted by asskicker March 19, 10 11:47 PM

"where the hell is the American pavilion???"

It's right here
And it looks like a shoppingmall. What does that say about American culture...?

Posted by JD March 20, 10 07:02 AM

Very well said, Thomas of #112 !

Posted by Eleanor March 20, 10 10:26 AM

Wow! most impressive and very creative. I wonder, what happens to all these buildings once the expo is over? Are they converted into half empty exhibition centres? apartments?

Posted by Mal Gordon March 20, 10 11:30 AM


Posted by CSSReX March 20, 10 04:54 PM

a waste of money!

Posted by Chairman Tao March 20, 10 10:12 PM

the pavilions looks amazing, but the workers, especially the elder one who pull a wheel, really takes bitters, and the picture of destory houses, how many resitants were compeled to leave their living place!
anyway, it is a big ceremony, hope shanghai show the prosperities to eash visitors all over the world!
and here may my amercian brother who will volunteer at USA pavilion all the best!
tks for the website!

Posted by james.junior March 20, 10 11:15 PM

I like Expos a lot and this one will be the most spectacular one yet.

Posted by Anonymous March 21, 10 04:32 AM

Mimari "liquid dreams" bunlar, her zamanki expo lar gibi...

Posted by özlem altun March 21, 10 05:37 AM


Posted by tom March 21, 10 06:47 AM

It's so sad to see the "great" powers of the world play "I'm Better Than You" on a global scale. The structures are awesome. But how many people could be fed and clothed and sheltered if even half the funds would be spent on humanitarian efforts. Where are the people living now who were forced from their now demolished homes?

Posted by Lily Havey March 21, 10 12:08 PM

You know the UK pavillion is going to be nicknamed "the hedge hog" a rodent common in the UK.
The LUXEMBOURGER house looks like it was designed by TIM BURTON on acid.

Posted by vic arnold March 21, 10 12:19 PM

its very interesant, beatifull!!!!!
More informations, please, in my address,.
Im Arquitectc,live , in BUENOS AIRES,

Posted by PATRICIA SUSANA SIMOVICH March 21, 10 01:54 PM

The US Pavilion can be found at this link, below. It is very impressive.

Posted by Curt March 21, 10 03:52 PM


Posted by TP March 21, 10 08:49 PM

Just awesome. I salute the Chinese for their building strength and might.

Posted by jamil akhtar March 22, 10 04:35 AM

Too bad architects don't know how to build peace.

Posted by Ranger Ragfar March 22, 10 02:44 PM

"There are always contradictions" (Mao Zedong) Post #174 agrees. We in Los Angeles bulldozed a community and gave the land to the Dodger baseball team. We, the english speaking nation chased the "First Nations" (the Canadian appellation) peoples off "their" land and consigned them to concentration camps telling them that's all they were allowed to have. WE built a great and economically powerful nation on the backs of kidnapped and enslaved "free" laborers. Yet WE have millions of poor in "inner city" neighborhoods with inadequate housing and poorly educated children who don't function up to their human potential and actually become a drag on an modern industrial society. Yet we waste over 700 billion a year on unproductive warfare. We all should be careful with throwing stones. Some will think it hypocritical.

Posted by F. D. Gray March 22, 10 03:23 PM

Très beaux édifices surtout le pavillon anglais qui fait d'ailleurs l'objet de nombreuses photos.Certains pavillons par contre paraissent difformes ; celui d'Israël par exemple.On aurait aimé avoir d'autres vues sur des pavillons d'autres pays.Seront-ils prêts le 1° mai, avec tous ces anciens quartiers en démolition à proximité de l'expo?Les édifices sont-ils parasismiques?On n'a pas vu celui du Japon.Bravo!

Posted by André Maubon March 23, 10 03:52 AM

@210, no, the buildings showed being demolished are located at west side of Shanghai and are far away from Expo site - which is built on an old shipyard and an old steel complex. In fact, the expo site retains many old buildings from these two factories.

Posted by PPL March 23, 10 11:40 AM

I hope all those buildings have plans to either be re-used, recycled or are able to be moved to other locations where they might be of use.

My favourites are the UK one and the Danish one, the best looking is the Polish though. The Swiss one with the meadow and chair-lift on the roof is nice too. Our Australian one is boring though, looks like a rusty old factory.

Posted by nikau March 24, 10 06:17 AM

wey guuuuuuud!

Posted by abuye March 24, 10 08:21 AM

awesome, series of great pics

Posted by allan March 24, 10 09:51 AM

Now I know the true culture of the Chinese race! Work ethics, Intelligent, Confident, Proud, Ambitious, etc. Glad that my root is Chinese too. But so happy I am humbled by becoming a Christian.

Posted by Margaret Sattasiri March 24, 10 05:38 PM


Posted by Marketa March 25, 10 09:44 AM

we will organize a group of 100 pax from cebu city to attend the shanghai expo this september.

Posted by anton ho March 25, 10 10:44 AM

Difficult to say whether it is a waste of money and human resources. Every few years, like the Olympics, abc competitions, xyz conferences .... that gives the countries and their people some insentive and encouragement for creation, excellence and 'showing off''.

Posted by law law March 25, 10 08:51 PM

Fantastic! I ccan't wait 'till I have the opportunity to see it in person

Posted by Gizelle Italiano March 25, 10 09:47 PM

My hats off to the photographer on these photos. I live in Shanghai and we are note yet getting too many glimpses of the site. I know I said I won't attend, but will probably end of spending one or two days running amuck and enjoying the atmosphere of the event.

Will need to bring my camera, as I may never be living in the city of an Expo for a long time.

Posted by Phil March 25, 10 11:36 PM

if i say that can make gov happy.

Posted by Pie March 26, 10 12:06 AM

the whole city is a construction site, which harasses me in the meantime. Too bad I'm involved in that.

Posted by fabsn March 26, 10 12:53 AM

Good job. Jesi li spreman da odes da vidis.

Posted by ljiljana Biocina March 26, 10 01:30 AM

that's amazing .i wish i could go shanghai

Posted by Anonymous March 26, 10 06:41 AM

In all lifetime it has been the same: there always have been built monuments in any country..very impressive and beautyful but mostly it was "on the shoulders" of the people..the poor one . Look to SriLanka...tio Mexico and to many other places.
Its amazing what they are builging in Shanghai, respect !! but it let me freezing a little bit inside.

Posted by Vera Sartorius March 26, 10 08:00 AM

This is wonderful. I am impressed. Long Live China.

Posted by Imran March 26, 10 01:41 PM

A country so rich in people and so poor in government for the people. I wonder where all those displaced persons are now living after their homes and businesses were destroyed to make space for this spectacular display of architecture.

Posted by wil vachon March 27, 10 08:27 AM

Great ambitions great thinking no comments best wishes

Posted by you shen March 27, 10 10:15 PM

In the old days, whenever people wears something awful or something in bright red, people will straightaway say ""SO CHIN NA"'. Being an overseas Chnese I often hear our own making such remarks. Now! Chin Na (means CHINA in Malay language) is flaunting her beauties. God has given her great space, great population, great people, great sceneries, great produces, but whatever what GOD had blessed - MAN had destroyed. This applies to the whole world. The whole earth is coming to an end, slowly rotting with all sorts of pollution. To me these stuctures are fantastic. Imagine what beauties awaits the soul in a place called HEAVEN - WHERE THE FLOOR ALONE IS IN GOLD. All on earth is temporary but up there is permanent.
Thus, friends don get upset, agitated, sour or too excited over temporary
monuments built by the hands of men. After all, who is the ONE who creates MAN OR CHINA. ? May God bless China and the world.

Posted by Yam Mui Hong March 28, 10 12:25 AM

You really should have varied the titles a bit! "Worker" "Worker" "Worker"!!! It was incredibly repetitive!

Posted by Martha March 28, 10 02:03 AM

The Dutch pavillion is not called "joy street" but "happy street"

Posted by Arno March 28, 10 01:29 PM

Martha, did you read the first lines ?

Shanghai prepares for Expo 2010
Construction workers and organizers in Shanghai, China are....

Posted by OneMore March 28, 10 01:57 PM

what a waste of $$$

Posted by add March 28, 10 02:12 PM

where is the American Pavilion

Posted by Bruria Finkel March 28, 10 02:33 PM

In about 2 weeks i while be there :D.... i am a student and i'm coming to work at the Dutch place :)

Posted by Fabian Akker March 28, 10 02:37 PM

The Dutch Pavilion actually is called "Happy Street"not "Joy Street" and it's made by Dutch architect John Körmeling.

Posted by E.Rosie March 29, 10 06:22 AM

I am sad about the negative comments I read here.
No one will suffer, all will gain. It is work and business for the Chinese.
The country is forward looking. We in the UK had this attitude once.
Well done China.

Posted by Tony Card. March 29, 10 09:04 AM

linda la weaita

Posted by polyan March 29, 10 04:43 PM


Posted by LEI March 30, 10 09:39 AM

Bouhhhhhhh it's ugly.

Posted by cee March 30, 10 10:01 AM

(picture 2) What is it ??

Posted by titine March 30, 10 10:19 AM

Amazing (:

Posted by Nanou March 30, 10 10:26 AM

We're the USA, we don't need a fancy pavilion, we have real places people actually want to visit and do business with. And our Hollywood movies play all over the world. If you're Poland you have to work to get the word out.

Posted by Smythe March 31, 10 02:48 AM

Better city and Better life. Ok, the former is about the city 20 years ago and the latter? I think it is a science fiction :(

Posted by a humble local Shanghainess March 31, 10 07:24 AM


Posted by kanha March 31, 10 01:51 PM

China is doing such a great job in Design and/or Construction; it is amazing the buildings the produced.

Posted by Sergio March 31, 10 03:51 PM


Posted by 草拟大业 March 31, 10 10:22 PM

wow,Great job !

Posted by Lance April 1, 10 10:55 AM

I love picture number two,because it's just fantastic

Posted by fert agnes April 1, 10 10:59 AM

I love it.It's so great

Posted by Yasmine April 1, 10 11:08 AM

And they are using Australian steel and coal - maybe it is a good thing - if they use up all our coal Australia should have cleaner air as we wont have any coal to burn!

Posted by rosscoe April 2, 10 05:21 AM

Espectacular el proyecto. La inversión urbana es enorme. ¿Hay pabellones de Latinoamérica? Ojalá podamos ir a conocerla

Posted by Eduardo Castillo April 2, 10 02:35 PM

Does anyone know what happened to the people who's buldings had to be knocked down for this?

Posted by Molly April 4, 10 03:21 AM

"We're the USA, we don't need a fancy pavilion, we have real places people actually want to visit and do business with. And our Hollywood movies play all over the world. If you're Poland you have to work to get the word out."

I really dislike americans who believe the US is the center of the world. Trust me, there cultural and historical relevance of Poland is way bigger than that of the US, you may "dominate" this era of capitalism, but there is no culture in that country other than buying. Please inform yourself before speaking and learn to apreciate other cultures

Posted by Arnoldo April 4, 10 04:48 PM

Será concerteza uma belíssima exposição. Shangai sempre foi uma cidade multicultural, à frente do seu tempo. A postura das suas gentes é diferente de qualquer outra. Parabéns Shangai, parabéns China!

Posted by AFAG April 4, 10 04:51 PM

The best: it is possible to travel there! For 20 years ago it wasn't the case.
This is one aspect of freedom - and it is really sooo important.
Someone from Hungary.

Posted by kerceréce April 5, 10 11:33 AM

How impressive is this!!! Hopefully will be seeing it personally in November of this year. Born and raised in Shanghai - my home although I have been in the U.S.OFA FOR SOME 50 YEARS.

Posted by SHEILA EBAUGH April 5, 10 08:12 PM

I understand that people who were moved were paid market rates + premium on apartments. In fact, most of my Chinese friends are continually jealous of those who ID buildings on blocks for tear down and bought a few years pre-annoucement as prices in Shanghai have gone through roof and owners make a nice profit when forced to move. Again, this to my understanding and based on conversations with local Chinese. Size of Expo and being technically in center of city is amazing. Regards, Alabama Dave in Shanghai,

Posted by Alabama Dave April 6, 10 04:16 PM

Dear Boston com team,

Showing the modern world those magic pictures before the start of China's world expo 2010 in Shanghai is great.

So, I got some insight that the problem of logistics all around the topic of accommodation in hotels could cause some real problems. I hope the very best that the risk of over-booking can be managed perfectly before.

Posted by Ulrich H. Kiefer April 7, 10 06:49 AM

Great photographs which showcases human power.See the apathy of the poor people of Shangai who will loose their living places

Posted by C.Abdul Hameed, India April 9, 10 10:33 AM


Posted by WONG April 10, 10 09:43 AM

Felicitaciones que fotografías tan bien logradas

Posted by leonel d´cossio April 10, 10 07:57 PM

Fantástico!!! Será concertesa mais uma grande lição para o mundo que o pôvo chinês vai dar.Parabéns aos responsáveis e a todos os criadores envolvidos no evento com votos de um grande sucesso para o grande evento da segunda década do século XXI.Estarei lá.

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Posted by Anonymous April 12, 10 09:57 AM

I took photo #15 up here (and not #25 sorry for mistake in earlier post).

I you want to see more photos and more pavilions, go there:


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Posted by Bob April 13, 10 05:48 PM

It's great photo...

Posted by Samuel April 14, 10 11:25 AM

All I see is a lot of materials and energy wasted on folly. Shame on the world for accepting this trash as the way forward for Architecture. Shame too on the Designers of the Australian Pavilion, which seems to suggest Australia is one big open cut mine.

Posted by Greg Blain Architect, Brisbane Australia April 15, 10 06:33 PM

Also, the Australian Pavilion is extremely ugly. Very ugly sorry to say.

Posted by Greg Blain Architect, Brisbane, Australia April 15, 10 06:56 PM

its amazing, for sure we will enjoy it!

Posted by Hélène TECK April 18, 10 06:17 AM

perhaps, having Expo´s every 2 years, sort of takes value or credit from the whole concept; nevertheless theya re an extraordinary oportunity for urban renewal and development, anyway something i never really understood is that money doesnt grow in trees, we make it!!!

Posted by Michael April 19, 10 08:05 AM

bravo;china can be call God owns country because of their innovation,l cant wait to see the development because it is eye saw

Posted by yacoob abdul balogun April 19, 10 12:21 PM

We're the USA, we don't need a fancy pavilion, we have real places people actually want to visit and do business with. And our Hollywood movies play all over the world. If you're Poland you have to work to get the word out.

Thinking like this is why the rest of the world will surpass us shortly. We can't let ourselves be satisfied with the current state of the US, we have to try to better ourselves, or we get people who think like this....

Posted by Anonymous April 19, 10 12:51 PM

This is wonderful, excellent and very modern architectural design and technology. Congratulations to the People behind.

But - What I pray to God is that maybe one day instead of spending Billions of Dollars building these structures, why can't the governments around the world GIVE MORE HELP TO THE NEEDY, THE HOMELESS, THE SICK and THE POOR FAMILY's AROUND THE WORLD.



Posted by Henry April 19, 10 06:36 PM

What is the poverty level in China?

Posted by merce April 21, 10 11:19 AM

Parabéns a todos que estão trabalhando na construção dessas belas obras.
Wonderfull !!

Posted by Alexandre Santos April 22, 10 11:14 PM

For those people who like the photo's
I am in Shanghai at the moment, and the expo is getting nicer every day.
Hopefully the grand opening will be great ;)

For those who are not shure to come, Shanghai is a verry nice city and the city alone is worth the effort to visit but with the expo opening on the first of may it has become an even bigger attraction ;)

Posted by Matthijs April 23, 10 09:08 AM


Posted by Anonymous April 24, 10 04:25 AM

I´m sure it´s going to be a superb event and a display of the best that can be done in architecture , design as well as engineering. I look forward to watching the opening sessions; The Chinese are very creative and sensitive . is there a Portuguese Pavillion?

Posted by Susana Marques April 25, 10 06:34 PM
""And it looks like a shoppingmall. What does that say about American culture...?""
I think the U.S. hired a Canadian architect. Can't figure out what to read into THAT.

Posted by Cheryl Clark April 28, 10 01:34 AM

Aqui se revela um perfeito exemplo de aliança entre a inteligência e o consequente desenvolvimemto tecnológico.

Posted by João Gancho April 28, 10 06:39 AM

After seeing those pictures here I knew I wouldn't be able to take better pictures, so I decided to do it the crappy way. Built a pinhole camera from chinese propaganda matchboxes and took pictures of high-tech architectures with a low-tech camera.

Posted by fabsn April 28, 10 11:00 AM

O M G ! A Waste Of Money !!

Posted by StynDG May 1, 10 02:06 PM

who said the ticket is too expensive for Chinese people?

The government prepared 30 dollars transportation fee and one free ticket for every Shanghai family to thank the people for understanding.

We are proud of our government and expo 2010.Everyone is excited to see the final results. We are thankful for all the people who worked on this project to show the pride of China.

Not only money is important. It's China's pride. It's the 5000 year old country's pride.

It is time to wake up! China is not the China before

Posted by Elaine May 1, 10 05:11 PM

It's absolutely wonderful! It's amazing!!!!

Posted by Barbara Clampitt May 1, 10 09:58 PM

The chinese have always been a most remarkable people and need to be recognised and congratulated for this latest display of expertise. These buildings are an absolutely superb set of structures that make the creative juices spring into action.

Posted by Margwatsonart May 7, 10 03:01 AM

Nao da ESTAS entendre par gentes Pobres Falam de ajudar OS E não gastam Olha FIM Onde o DINHEIRO !!!!!!! ISTO O Que bonito Tão vale e Parágrafo Humanos PORQUE Parágrafo Deus estao ee TDOs Queimados Tudo PORQUE feio Estamos hum hum prejudicar policoes com terra e restos de lixo e Outra Falam de Acabar ca policao, e ESTAS fazerem n Construções nao estao UM contruir montes de lixos ?????? PAI Perdoa LELES SABEM O QUE NAO Fazem. Isto É Mesmo Verdade pura. Aí está o exemplo.Depois Querem Que Fazer CRER nao ha Deus EA nao Bilblica e coitados Verdadeira.Pobres.

Posted by Lena May 8, 10 03:14 PM

I last ate at YANG'S FRY - DUMPLING in FEB 2010.
Sad to know that it is no longer there.

Posted by Justin HK Tan May 14, 10 08:06 AM

i wanna to there,,,,

Posted by ikur May 24, 10 06:46 AM

Can i know where can download shanghai expo photos in resolution 300pdi?? Who can suggest me some website?

Posted by Terry May 28, 10 10:34 PM

Awesome ,expression of open minded art !

Posted by tzama June 2, 10 11:43 AM

Good. But there is no reflection of reality. This can be a experiment of immagination. That is the good side of those project.

Posted by Nipu June 14, 10 06:01 AM

It's absolutely wonderful! It's amazing
great work

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Posted by CHARLES August 11, 10 12:35 PM

there are enough buildings in the world the money should have been used to help people....

Posted by not telling September 4, 10 05:59 PM

Hi,guys n gals, and those who see the bigger picture of all this, chaina YOU ROCK........!!!!!! im gonna try to visit this acomplishmen , but this isnt gonna stop me from going there,, so,here i come chaina jee,hope strenght.and focus will gets you long way,
im not say this chaina just proofed me right,RIGHT!!!!!! Nno but onestly but you should try to go as well, cus you never gonna know, what you havent tryed ,i just listen to NIKE ,{ just do it !!!!! } thanks for being there for somebody ,right,if not then its neaver to too late

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Posted by STEPHANIE HONG September 15, 10 05:11 AM

O M GOD ! so it's amazing
waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaw c'est super mega extraordinair du jamais vu iréeeeél on dirai sa donne grande imense envi dy yaléééé

l'architecture es la c'est justement pour suporté les misér de vie en revant ! , what's rangu with u pepole !!!!!!!!

la c'est un vrais reve CHAPO !

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