2010 World Expo

Netizen Voices: Welcome to Sparta!

As the 18th Party Congress fast approaches, Beijing residents have found their city under lock-down. Fruit knives are gone from store shelves. Ping pong balls are objects of suspicion. Security volunteers, distinguished by red...

Nye: China’s Soft Power Deficit (Updated)

Harvard’s Joseph S. Nye Jr. grades China’s efforts to spend heavily on its soft power resources over the past five years, arguing that it has “had a limited return on its investment.” From The Wall Street...

Shanghai Rail Commuters Get Onboard With a Prayer

At Bloomberg’s World View blog, Adam Minter describes reactions to the recent Metro accident in Shanghai, where many, for all their reservations, have little choice but to keep riding the subway and hope for the best. As...

Shanghai Bids Farewell to Massive World Expo Fair

After years of preparation and anticipation, the Shanghai World Expo has now ended. From BBC: Officials say a record 72m people – most of them from across China – visited pavilions staged by more than 240 countries...

Jeffrey Wasserstrom: A Tale of Three Mega-Events

On China Beat, Jeffrey Wasserstrom compares China’s and India’s handling of “Mega-Events,” ie, the Beijing Olympics, the Shanghai World Expo, and the Commonwealth Games in Delhi: What can we learn, about...

Video: Shanghai in Motion, Episode 3

Another installment of the beautiful Shanghai in Motion series, produced by Région Rhône-Alpes, is now available: Shanghai in Motion – Episode 3 from Shanghai in motion on Vimeo. See previous installments here via...

Video: Shanghai in Motion

A series of videos commissioned by a French production company gives a glimpse of life in Shanghai during the Shanghai Expo. Two of the six episodes are below: Shanghai in Motion – Episode 1 from Shanghai in motion on...

Zhang Song: China’s Urban Disease (1)

China Dialogue translates an interview in Southern Metropolis Daily with urban preservation expert Zhang Song about the Shanghai Expo and its impact on the city: Zhang Chuanwen: For the first time, the theme of the World Expo is...

Howard W. French: Old Charms Thrive in the New Shanghai

Howard French, former Shanghai Bureau Chief for the New York Times, revisits the city: Already at this hour, the highway into Shanghai was throbbing with traffic, steadily moving but growing thicker by the minute. As I nodded in...

Big Expo Crowds Leave Many Bitter

The World Expo 2010, currently underway in Shanghai, has been disappointing for many visitors who are often unable to visit the most popular pavilions due to excessive crowds and long lines. Global Times reports: Chinese travel...

Don’t Believe the Shanghype

With Shanghai the focus of worldwide attention as the World Expo opens, Foreign Policy says the city is not all it’s hyped up to be: Let’s wish the Shanghainese all the best as they gear up for their party. The Expo...

Expo Attendance Falls Short

The Global Times reports: Tuesday was the first unofficial day of the Shanghai World Expo when visitors who hold standard tickets or appointed, unused day tickets could visit the Expo Park. A total of 146,100 visitors showed up...



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