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Shanghai World Expo 2010

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!

Presentation by SAIC-GM of their 2-person cars for 2030 Shanghai.

Netherlands - one of the more creatively designed pavilions

Saudi Arabia


Our 1st Day in Downtown Shanghai

On Sunday, May 9, we took our first trip to downtown Shanghai. To get from our campus to the center of the city we took the metro. Shanghai has the longest subway system in the world, with a total of 13 lines right now and even more under construction. The ride from SJTU takes about an hour including 2 transfers.

Once we got downtown, we toured historical, modern, and unique sites only found in Shanghai. Our day started at the location where the Communist Party of China was founded in May 1921.

The main display inside the site of the founding of the CPC

Next we headed to Xintiandi, a shopping and eating district with a modern mall along with many dinner/bar style restaurants. When we visited in the morning, there were not many people in this area. However, at night the place comes alive, with people packing patio dining areas and younger tourists and residents enjoying one of the two nightclubs on the top floor of the mall.

Our tour continued with a trip to the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Centre. Here we got to see the master plan for this incredible city. When the first person tells you that the population of Shanghai is 12 million, you gasp or just stare. But after seeing the scale model of Shanghai in 2020 in this museum, you start to believe them. Other displays focus on the transportation systems (bus, subway, maglev train, and airports) and the World Expo, a type of World’s Fair going on right now in the Pudong area of Shanghai.

3-D model of the plan for Shanghai by the year 2020, located in the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Centre

Our day ended with a walk along the Bund, a river walk area across from the main skyline of Shanghai. We walked along the entire pathway and then took a river cruise up and down to get an even more stunning view of the skyline. I am going to let these pictures do the talking.

The buildings on the Bund side of the waterfront

Water show on the river along the Bund

Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute

The skyline during our first day downtown.

Hi Everybody!

I am Jon, a mechanical engineering major at Michigan. I am currently in Shanghai, China studying at the Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute for 8 weeks.  I will be updating this blog with what our group is doing here in China, as well as my impressions of the culture both past and present.

Hope you enjoy!