Expo 2010 largest world’s fair, opens in Shanghai
Expo 2010 Shanghai China is being held on both banks of the Huangpu River in the city of Shanghai, People’s Republic of China, from May 1 to October 31, 2010.
It is a World Expo in the tradition of international fairs and expositions. The theme of the exposition is “Better City – Better Life” and signifies Shanghai’s new status in the 21st century as the “next great world city”.
More than 190 countries and more than 50 international organizations have registered to participate in the Shanghai World Expo, the largest ever.
China expects to receive almost 100 foreign leaders and millions of people from across the world to come and visit the World Expo. More than 70–100 million visitors are expected to visit the expo, the largest in history.
The opening ceremony was held yesterday with the attendance of dozens of world leaders. The ceremony consisted of an indoor and outdoor component. Jackie Chan, Lang Lang, and Andrea Bocelli were among the performers in the indoor component.
6,000 LED balls were floated into the Huangpu river representing fish. Organizers called the outdoor show “the largest searchlight display in history, the largest collection of multi-colored laser firepower ever assembled in one place, the world’s largest LED screen, one of the largest dancing water fountains ever, and the “largest light show ever attempted”.”
President Hu Jintao declared the opening of the Shanghai World Expo. Twenty heads of state or government attended the opening ceremony.