China Opens World Expo 2010 in Shanghai
BBC reports on the opening of the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai:
Almost 250 countries and international organisations are showcasing their culture in an event themed around sustainable development.
Many are doing so in pavilions with radical architecture.
World leaders, including France’s President Sarkozy, are attending the lavish opening ceremony.
“Expo 2010 Shanghai is now open!” Chinese President Hu Jintao declared during the gala opening, in which 2,300 performers and musicians from all over the world took part.
They were celebrating the Expo slogan: “Better city, better life in music and dance”.
– “Vision of Shanghai Expo set to redream past” from the Financial Times
– “Shanghai’s $44 Billion Expo Opens After Fireworks, Laser Show” from Bloomberg
– “Shanghai Expo: twin pillars of disappointment at US and China pavilions” from the FT blog
– “Chinese Don Quixotes and Da Vincis” from the Telegraph about the display of creativity by China’s peasant inventors