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现在才发现,原来我们的部落格差一点就安了个和大马著名背包旅行作者黄爱琳的两本书书名一样的名字。。。所以如果有一天爱琳再出版第三本书,而书名为《再难也要去旅行》的话,我们并不是抄袭她的哦。。。 ^.^

主编 09年8月1日 ****************************************************************

First-time in the Shanghai World Expo 2010

by Claire Algarme of First-Time Travels
As we touched down at Pudong International Airport in Shanghai, everything was World Expo mode. Even the expressways had special directional signs to the expo site.
Photo by Claire Algarme
We were fortunate to have our visit timed during the World Expo, an internationally registered event (major expo) which happens every five years only and the venue held in different cities globally. There are also minor expos but this one in Shanghai is considered a major expo with countries building their own pavilions.
Purchasing expo tickets were not difficult at all, contrary to our belief. We bought our one-day passes at the China Mobile outlet just across the Expo gate at Yaohua Road. Since it was a standard day, we bought our tickets at ¥160 each. However, we had to buy it a day before so we could enter the Expo early the next day.
We entered the Expo site at the Xizang Road with the subway station leading to one of the entrances. Since we entered from the underground, we first saw the base of the funnels that appear at the elevated roads.
As we ascended the escalators, the towering China pavilion wowed us. We were awed by the gigantic red structure where everyone lined up. But for every half a million visitors a day at the World Expo, China only accommodates 30,000 in its pavilion through free reservation tickets that could be availed at 9:00am by the entrance gate.
Photo by Claire Algarme
The Oman pavilion showed the amazing landscapes of the country. There was a tent set up at one side of the pavilion. At the center was a colorfully lighted dome. Some products were also in display and were up for sale.
Beside the Oman pavilion were the Pakistan and the Israel pavilions. We entered the Sri Lanka pavilion where actual gem cutters and wood carvers showed off their expertise. There was also a small hut inside the large pavilion that exhibited some Sri Lankan paintings.
We were supposed to proceed to the Saudi Arabia pavilion, an oasis at the middle of the modern structures in the Expo site. But the line was too long that we decided to visit other nearby pavilions instead. We also thought of passing by the Nepal pavilion on our way back.

Photo by Claire Algarme
All six of us parted in twos to save up time. My friend and I attempted to enter the dune-shaped United Arab Emirates (UAE) pavilion but never got through because there were some who were quarreling at the entrance. We proceeded to the Qatar pavilion which showed its underwater pearl divers.
There was a Bedouin camp set up inside the pavilion with wax figures of Bedouins in their usual garb. A local performance was going on at a small stage area in its first level. Local art, trade products and a diorama of future Qatar were on display near the exit.
The next pavilion we entered was that of Morocco’s. It’s one of my favorites. When we entered, the interior was like a local Moroccan courtyard with a small fountain at the center. The palm trees and arches looked authentic.
Old urns, stamps, and clothes were displayed at the ground floor. There were mannequins dressed like the Prince of Persia character. A camel saddle with intricate weaving was also displayed for public viewing.
The second level was like a marketplace with stalls left and right, showing various Moroccan products. Some had television screens that presented how some of those products were made. My favorite window was that of the colorful slippers and the room that appeared to be inside a Moroccan tent. The topmost floor was all multimedia presentation that projected Morocco’s landscape on a sloping wall.

Photo by Claire Algarme
It was way past noon and we were already starving. We had to cross from Zone A to Zone B where there was a food court. As we walked the elevated walkways, we observed some people eating by the benches with their packed food. There were also Coca-Cola stalls almost everywhere, since they were a major sponsor of the Expo.
When we got to the food court, there weren’t much people around. It must be that we were too late for lunch or visitors opted to eat somewhere else.
After our meal, we proceeded to the Philippine pavilion. It would be a shame to miss our very own exhibit. As we entered the Southeast Asia and Pacific zone, a performance in the open-air stage area near the New Zealand pavilion surprised us. No wonder this area was more crowded than the previous one we visited.
We went directly to the pavilion of the Philippines which highlighted performing arts. As we entered the cube-shaped building, it was as if a concert party was going on inside. People were eating by the small restaurant, buying Filipino goods, viewing the exhibits, and participating on the variety show that was set up for the Expo visitors.

Photo by Claire Algarme
It was truly fun inside and I would have wanted to stay longer. I may be biased because this was my country’s pavilion but I was extremely pleased to be there and proud to be a Filipino. I must say that the people behind it did a great job. It was not just another exhibit but they injected the Philippine spirit of fun and music in it.

To read the full article, including descriptions of European pavilions and some tips around the World Expo, visit http://firsttimetravel.wordpress.com/2010/07/26/first-time-in-the-shanghai-world-expo-2010/
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