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Shanghai and Ningbo

Part 1: Shanghai and Ningbo
Part 2: Tianyi Pavilion
Part 3: Ningbo's Chinatown
Part 4: Shanghai
Part 5: World Expo 2010


Sushila wasn't up to going to the World Expo, so Pete and I went. The travel agent had arranged for us to catch a bus from next to a park. Pete and I were early, so we checked out the park. Lots of folks out getting their morning exercise in groups.
This lady was painting poetry or something, on the sidewalk, in water. Her calligraphy was just beautiful. What exquisite brush control! The words evaporated pretty shortly afterwards, but that's part of the whole je ne sais quois.
The streets here are very clean!
OK, making a long story short, we arrived in the Expo grounds and found huge crowds everywhere.
Look, there's even a big crowd at the Uzbekistan pavilion...
The South Korea pavilion is very colorful!
Looking into the South Korea pavilion.
Pete and I discovered that the queue to get into the Japan pavilion was ridiculously long. So we got into the much shorter queue at the India pavilion, which was nearby. Standing in the hot sun was brutal. Many ladies had umbrellas for shade. I had only a map, so I made it into a nice shady hat.
I folded Pete's map into a hat too. I think it looks much better on him than it does on me.

But I was the one who kept getting appreciative chuckles and thumbs-ups from other people in the line. They were like "look at the foreigner in the funny hat, take his picture!"

The roof of the India pavilion.
The queue for the Saudi Arabia pavilion was ridiculously long, too. After standing in line at the India pavilion for over an hour, we lost all interest in standing in queues for more pavilions. The group guide (who left us up to our own devices at the front entrance of the Expo) was going to get us into the China pavilion, and we just explored until the appointed hour.
Every now and then the wind would gust up and destroy my hat. It was really only useful (and needed) when I was sitting or standing in one sunny spot for any length of time, and then only when the wind wasn't blowing.
We stood for quite a while at the corner of the China pavilion, waiting for the group guide to take us in (bypassing the requisite queue).
These girls thought my funny hat was photo opportunity material.
The group guide finally found us. I'd tried to ask him where we were supposed to wait for him, and all he could tell me was "the corner." I tried to ask him "which corner" but I don't think he understood the word "which." So of course Pete and I were waiting at the wrong corner. But it worked out in the end, and now we were heading into the China pavilion. It looks a LOT bigger up close!
And there's a queue under here, to get into the elevator to go up.
But wow, once we were inside, China put on a good show. Not quite sure what technology they used for this animated wall. (You can click the picture and see a short movie. Then you might have to click your browser's Back button to come back here.)
These paintings were referred to as "Children's Aspirations" and I thought some of them were really excellent.
The view down at the queue, outside.
That part of the Expo is a covered overhead walkway that crosses the short part of the grounds, bisecting the area. It's called the "Axis."
I was amazed by all the English writing in this painting. (You were probably amazed by the aspiration for a world in which spacecraft and dinosaurs co-exist.)
We're still in the China pavilion, looking down on the rest of the world. Here you see all the nations' flags. That rabbit head thing is the top of the Macau pavilion.
The top floor of the China pavilion is dedicated to ecology concerns, carbon dioxide reduction, and such. The water fountain is digital -- it drops water in a sheet of discrete droplets and can form designs, patterns, letters, and Chinese characters. (You can click the picture and see a short movie. Then you might have to click your browser's Back button to come back here.)
Future "green" personal vehicles.
The view down the exit escalator. You are now leaving China...
The Expo, with Shanghai skyline.
Here's that shaded "Axis" from a different angle.
I didn't expect it would be easy to catch a taxi, but it was. And in case anybody was thinking China isn't a modern country, consider that they have a Hooters in Shanghai. Eh? Eh?
The bus had brought us here through a tunnel. The taxi took us back over this bridge (and through a tunnel).
My gracious hosts, at our last meal together.
Pete had had a little of the soup, before Sushila discovered a surprise.
Chicken soup is supposed to be good for you.

Unless you're a chicken.

These fishies are so cute. Surely they're decorative...

Or are they on the menu too?

My last morning in Shanghai. Last look at the neighborhood. With all the modernization going on in Shanghai, I wonder how much longer this place will stand.

Thus ends another excellent adventure! My flight back was much more comfortable than the flight over.


Part 1: Shanghai and Ningbo
Part 2: Tianyi Pavilion
Part 3: Ningbo's Chinatown
Part 4: Shanghai
Part 5: World Expo 2010

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