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Guides to 3-Day's Free Individual Tour (FIT) of Shanghai World Expo 2010

Updated: 26 Apr 2010
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Three-Day Tour Tips for the Shanghai Expo 2010
 
As the Shanghai Expo 2010 approaches, a post online titled Three-Day Tour Tips for Expo Visitors has become popular among millions of netizens.
 
The tips answer possible queries from visitors and, more importantly, give detailed advice on visiting the Expo Site, navigating traffic and finding food.
 
Day One
 
Arrive at the passageway on Yaohua Road at 8:30 a.m. After entering the Expo Site at 9 a.m., book a visiting time for the China Pavilion on the booking machine at the entrance.  
 
The Expo Axis 'Sun Valley'
 
• Morning: Expo Center – Theme Pavilions
 
Individual visitors need to book a visiting time for each pavilion themselves. Bring your ticket and ID card. You can use a booking machine, 200 of which are placed at the entrances and exits of the Expo Site, to book the time and get a booking receipt. Group visitors who have already made arrangements through tour agencies can skip this step.
 
After the booking is done, the first visiting day starts. Walking down the Expo Axis to the end, you will find Celebration Square, the venue for the Expo's daily grand opening ceremony. Then you can visit the Expo Center, the venue for the opening ceremony of different national pavilions; if you're lucky, you might spot national leaders or celebrities there.
 
After the Expo Center, take a look at the four Theme Pavilions: the Urbanian Pavilion, Pavilion of City Being, Pavilion of Urban Planet, and Pavilion of Public Participation.
 
• Noon: Catering Center on the Expo BoulevardCulture Center
 
At lunchtime, you can enjoy delicious food in the Catering Center on the Expo Boulevard between the Expo Center and the Theme Pavilions.
 
After lunch, you might be interested to see some performances in the Culture Center, where the China National Song and Dance Ensemble will present two free shows daily.
 
• Afternoon: China Pavilion—China's Joint Provincial Pavilion—Israel Pavilion—Saudi Arabia Pavilion, etc.
 
After seeing the performances, you can go to the China Pavilion.
 
Now it's around 1:30 p.m. It's time to queue up for the China Pavilion, which will take at least 45 minutes in line. Remember, just be patient.
 
After entering the pavilion, take the lift 49 meters up to the top floor, where a glass floor overlooks the lobby. The famous Riverside Scene at Qingming Festival is on this floor; the people in the 100-meter-tall picture can move and act through hi-tech devices. Then, go down to the next floor at 41 meters, where you will experience a train trip; the next floor down, at 31 meters, focuses on introducing China's future low-carbon cities.
 
 
China Pavilion
 
Saudi Arabia Pavilion
 
There are also the joint provincial, municipal and regional pavilions, each of which takes up an area of 600 square meters and has various features. The next stop after that is the Hong Kong Pavilion and the Macao Pavilion. In the Macao Pavilion, you can even lie down on the floor to watch films showing on the ceiling.
 
Don't leave the pavilion area after visiting the China Pavilion. Instead, walk east to visit the nearby Oman Pavilion, Pakistan Pavilion, Israel Pavilion and Sri Lanka Pavilion after a short break.
 
Across the street, you will see the pagoda for Buddhist relics (over 1,000 years old) in the Nepal Pavilion. Then you can visit the India Pavilion next door, as well as the Saudi Arabia Pavilion, which was constructed with the largest investment among all the foreign pavilions.
 
The next stop is the Morocco Pavilion, which looks like a large glass box. There are also two leasehold pavilions—the Turkmenistan Pavilion and the Qatar Pavilion—for you to check out. Then you will see the "Sand Dune," the United Arab Emirates Pavilion.
 
At sunset, take a break and have some food. By the way, the tap water within the Expo Site is safe and drinkable, and a catering store is never more than a five-minute walk away.
 
• Evening: Lebanon Pavilion—Iran Pavilion—DPRK Pavilion—Japan Pavilion—Republic of Korea Pavilion
 
Take a walk in the beautiful evening and stop by the Lebanon Pavilion, Iran Pavilion, DPRK (Democratic People's Republic of Korea) Pavilion, Uzbekistan Pavilion and Kazakhstan Pavilion.
 
Then walk across the road to visit the Japan Pavilion and the Republic of Korea Pavilion, both of which really deserve a look. Between them you can also see the Vietnam Pavilion and Asia Joint Pavilions.
 
Now go back along the Expo Boulevard to the Culture Center—you may run into the parade along the way. End the first day of your visit at Celebration Square, where the Site's closing ceremony is held each night.
 
Day Two
 
Arrive at the Expo Site at 8:30 a.m., the same as Day One. Use the entrance at the Changqing Road Gate. Don't forget the booking procedure before entering. My suggestion here is to book your visiting time in the afternoon or evening for the U.S. Pavilion, United Kingdom Pavilion, Belgium-UN Pavilion, France Pavilion and Switzerland Pavilion.  
 
 
Australia Pavilion
 
U.K. Pavilion
 
Morning: Thailand Pavilion—Australia Pavilion—Singapore Pavilion—New Zealand Pavilion—United Nations Pavilion, etc.
 
Entering from Changqing Road, the Thailand Pavilion will be on the right. Ahead, you will see the Australia Pavilion, which deserves your attention; then on your right is the music-box-like Singapore Pavilion and the Malaysia Pavilion next to it. Then you will be attracted by the fascinating scenery inside the New Zealand Pavilion, created by the visual effects team behind the famous Lord of the Rings films. Coming out of the New Zealand Pavilion, you might stop by the Cambodia Pavilion; ahead, you'll find the Indonesia Pavilion, which is covered with greenish bamboo that grows on the roof. After that, you could visit the Joint Pavilion of International Organizations, the Brunei Darussalam Pavilion and the Philippines Pavilion.
 
Take the skywalk toward the Huangpu River until you see the blue United Nations Pavilion, one of the highlights of the Expo Site. Beside the UN Pavilion is the MeteoWorld Pavilion, which is the only self-built pavilion among the participating international organizations. With good weather, you might see a rainbow in the "cloud droplets" that cover this pavilion. Then you can visit the International Federation of Red Cross Pavilion ahead and stop by the nearby light-blue Pacific Pavilion.
 
Afternoon: Spain Pavilion—Switzerland Pavilion—France Pavilion—Germany Pavilion—U.S. Pavilion, etc.
 
Eat a good lunch in order to boost your energy for a full afternoon schedule.
 
Walking across Changqing Road alongside the UN Pavilion, you can see "The Basket" (the Spain Pavilion) and two leasehold pavilions, the Monaco Pavilion and the Serbia Pavilion, lining the leisure square. On the other side of the leisure square is the Belgium-EU Pavilion, where you can take a quiz about Europe for a chance to win a diamond every Monday to Saturday, or a free trip to Europe every Sunday.
 
  
U.S. Pavilion
 
  Spain Pavilion
 
The next stop is the Poland Pavilion next to the Belgium-EU Pavilion. Then you can take a cable car to visit the Switzerland Pavilion. One of the highlights of the Switzerland Pavilion is its blinking façade, which stores and transforms wind energy and light energy into electricity to power the pavilion. The highlight of the nearby France Pavilion is the display of precious original artworks, including the famous masterpiece The Age of Bronze by Auguste Rodin. Then you can visit the Germany Pavilion, which is located between the France Pavilion and the Poland Pavilion.
 
After visiting the Germany Pavilion, cross the North Round Road to see the Ireland Pavilion. Then stop by the Norway Pavilion, which is next to the Ukraine Pavilion and the Iceland Pavilion.
 
Going ahead, you will enjoy the four-box-like Sweden Pavilion and the Denmark Pavilion with its national treasure—the sculpture of the Little Mermaid. The Finland Pavilion is next to the Denmark Pavilion. The Latvia Pavilion and the Estonia Pavilion are located across from these two pavilions.
 
After visiting the Finland Pavilion, cross the skywalk to visit three more leasehold pavilions: the Portugal Pavilion, the Slovakia Pavilion and the Czech Pavilion.
 
Next, take a look at the Hungary Pavilion and cross Xiying Road, passing by the Caribbean Community Pavilion and the Cuba Pavilion, to walk around the Venezuela Pavilion. Pose for some photos in the Chile Pavilion. Next to the Chile Pavilion is the Mexico Pavilion. Then you can enjoy a performance by Cirque du Soleil in the Canada Pavilion and the delicious food in the Peru Pavilion.
 
Before you arrive at the U.S. Pavilion, you will see the Columbia Pavilion, the Brazil Pavilion and the Joint Pavilion of Central and South American Countries. The waterfall and the big 4D screen at the entrance to the U.S. Pavilion are worth the wait.
 
Evening: South Africa Pavilion—Egypt Pavilion—Russia Pavilion—Italy Pavilion—United Kingdom Pavilion, etc.
 
For dinner, try the restaurant inside the U.S. Pavilion.
 
After dinner, you can visit a series of leasehold pavilions, including the Argentina Pavilion, the Slovenia Pavilion, the South Africa Pavilion, the Egypt Pavilion, the Tunisia Pavilion, the Algeria Pavilion, the Angola Pavilion, the Nigeria Pavilion, the Libya Pavilion, the Lithuania Pavilion and the Croatia Pavilion.
 
Next, lose yourself in the fairyland of the Russia Pavilion with its 12 petal-shaped towers. Then watch a film in the green-apple-like Romania Pavilion.
 
Moving ahead and looking at the Austria Pavilion, the Netherlands Pavilion and the Luxembourg Pavilion along the way, you might be surprised by the Italy Pavilion, which was built with transparent concrete. The small but dazzling United Kingdom Pavilion has 60,000 slim and transparent acrylic rods that flutter in the wind.
 
Finally, shop around the traditional African bazaar in the Africa Joint Pavilion to end the second day of your visit.
 
Day Three
 
Many people think that the pavilions in the Puxi Area are not the emphasis of the Expo Site. But the business pavilions are important as well, showing visitors what efforts countries have made to improve the quality of urban life. 
 
Lupu Bridge can be seen from the Shanghai Expo site
 
Morning: China Shipbuilding Industry Corp. Pavilion—Private Enterprises Joint Pavilion—London's UBPA Case, etc.
 
Plan to arrive at the entrance at 8:30 a.m., just like the previous two days. You can take tramway Line 8 to the Tibet South Road stop and find the biggest entrance in the Puxi Area.
 
Entering the Site, you will first see the China Shipbuilding Industry Corp. Pavilion reconstructed from an old factory, in which you can discover the history of China shipbuilding and see the ship model of Zheng He, the man who led the Chinese fleet's seven expeditions around the Indian Ocean some 600 years ago.
 
The next stop is the Private Enterprises Joint Pavilion, which is presented by a group of well-known private Chinese businesses such as e-commerce giant Alibaba and furniture maker Red Star Macalline.
 
Get a sneak peek at urban China in 2049 in the Vanke Pavilion. The Broad Pavilion next door is designed with the idea of environmental protection.
 
After the Broad Pavilion, your next stop should be the Urban Best Practice Area (UBPA), which has wonderful pavilions such as the Osaka Case (Japan), the Taipei Case, the Sao Paulo Case (Brazil) and the Rotterdam Case (Netherlands).
 
Then, going across the skywalk, you will arrive at the highlight of the UBPA – the North Part, next to South Zhongshan Road. Here, you will learn about the innovation and creation of our living environment in Shanghai's UBPA Case – "Ecological Home in Shanghai."
 
You can also visit the Jinyong Library and a century-old pawnshop in Macao's UBPA Case. In addition, you might enjoy the Daming Palace of the Tang Dynasty (618-907), which represented an apex in terms of economical and cultural development in ancient China, in Xi'an's UBPA Case.
 
As for the foreign cases in the UBPA Display (North), the "Zero-Carbon Pavilion" (London's Case), "Hamburg's House" (Hamburg's Case), "Tent City" (Mecca's Case) and "Bamboo House" (Madrid's Case) all deserve a visit.
 
Return to the South block by crossing the skywalk. Take a break under the tent in Global Urban Plaza, or have lunch near the skywalk at the biggest restaurant in Puxi.
 
Afternoon: Pavilion of the Future—Space Pavilion—Expo PlazaChina Railway Pavilion
 
The first stop in the afternoon is the Pavilion of the Future, which will tell you about the future of urban life.
 
Walking back to the business pavilion zone, visit the "cloud-like" Space Pavilion, the Information and Communication Pavilion and the SAIC-GM Pavilion.
 
Then you can see performances on the Expo Plaza or have some fun around the old boatyard in the China Shipbuilding Industry Corp. Pavilion. If you like jade, visit the Aurora Pavilion, which is next to the China Railway Pavilion. With its CD-like façade, the beautiful Shanghai Corporate Joint Pavilion houses the most advanced robot in the world—Haibao, the Shanghai Expo's mascot.
 
Evening: Coca-Cola Pavilion – Space Home Pavilion—State Grid Pavilion—Expo Museum
 
Rest for a while and eat dinner at Jiangnan Park. After dinner, it's time to visit the Coca-Cola Pavilion and learn about the latest in space technology in the Space Home Pavilion.
 
Next are the State Grid Pavilion and the China National Petroleum Corp. Pavilion. If you like, you can take photos with the ROK Corporate Joint Pavilion along the Huangpu River.
 
Finally, you might be interested to learn about the 160-year history of the World Expo in the Expo Museum. You can also stop by the Pavilion of Urban Civilization and the nearby Japanese Industry Pavilion.
 
Exit the Expo Site on Luban Road next to the Lupu Bridge, from where you can take tramway Line 4 or Bus Lines 17, 36 and 146.
 
SOURCE: Beijing Review
 
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