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Shanghai - EXPO 2010 China Pavillon

Two years after the EXPO the China National Pavillon (中国国家馆) remains a major attraction in Shanghai. See where this picture was taken. [?]

 

Located on the southern (main) part of the former EXPO 2010 area, the EXPO 2010 China Pavilion is a 63-meter tall structure (3 times taller than all other EXPO buildings surrounding it). Designed with the concept of an "Oriental Crown." The traditional Chinese "Dougong brackets" wooden beam structure element is used, giving it a rather traditional look. It's a steel sructure, clad in aluminium and glass panels - featuring 7 slightly different shades of red, to maintain a "single shade" appearance from the ground. The main colour is called "Gugong Red" (Forbidden City Red), representing the Chinese culture.

 

The southern part of the EXPO 2010 area with the China Pavillon is situated on the site of the former 94-year-old Shanghai Pudong Iron and Steel Company. This was relocated to Baoshan - and this did definitely improve the air quality in Shanghai downtown, Every time I'm on the EXPO grounds I still recall the brownish-red smoke coming from the steel works...

 

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Taken on August 26, 2012