The World Expo will be held in Shanghai, and this is the first time a city in Asia is hosting such an event. It is scheduled to be held from May 1 to October 31 in 2010. As usual, it will be held in the grand tradition of, international fairs and expositions.
It is estimated that about 200 nations and international organisations will take part in the exhibition and the Expo hopes to attract about 70 million visitors locally and from abroad. The Expo in Shanghai is also expected to generate the largest number of visitors in the history of the world’s fairs in terms of gross numbers. The 1967 Montreal World’s Fair held the record number of visitors at 50 million.
The 2010 Expo will be developed around the theme Better City, Better Life. According to the organisers, the future of urban life is of global interest – it is an issue that concerns all nations. The theme also signifies Shanghai’s new status in the 21st century as a major economic and cultural centre. Throughout the 184 days, exhibitors are expected to display aspects of urban civilisation, new approach to human habitat, lifestyle and working conditions. At the same time promote an eco-friendly society and maintain the sustainable development of human beings.
Currently work is well underway along the Nanpu Bridge-Lupu Bridge region in the centre of Shanghai. The site of the Expo will occupy land on both sides of the Huangpu River. Development will include the conversion of historical structures into heritage buildings, hotels and exhibition pavillions for Asian countries and international organisers. When completed, the Expo will cover an area of 5.28 square kilometres with an enclosed area of 3.28 square kilometres.