On May 24, our group went to the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai. The World Expo is a type of World’s Fair that occurs anywhere from every 3 to 20 years. The Shanghai Expo, themed “Better City, Better Life”, is the largest and most expensive ever, which fits with the estimate of 70-100 million visitors over the 6 month span. For more information on the Expo itself, click here.
We arrived at the Expo at 8am and stayed until 11pm. During the day we were able to see 7 pavilions sponsored by countries, corporations, or selected themes. In addition, just walking through the fair grounds offers stunning sights of the pavilions and unique chances to interact with people from all over the globe.
The main impression I came away with is a promising and unified effort for progress as we move forward with technology. From the green, self driven vehicles presented by General Motors to the goal of a truly globalized population shown by Spain, it became apparent that across the world people are realizing the importance of the implications of new technology as well as simply what it does.
Here are some of my favorite scenes from the Expo. I know I will go back soon to see much more!