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China Pavilion at the 2010 Shanghai Expo

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The China Pavilion is the largest national pavilion at Shanghai’s 2010 World Expo and the biggest display in all the Expos. It is located on the Eastern side of the Theme Pavilions within Zone A of the Expo Site and also next to the Expo Boulevard and the Sun Valleys. The China pavilion’s central location of the Expo implies that China acts as a host country. Hong Kong and Macau pavilions are tightly close to the China Pavilion. The display starts on May 1, in 2010 and ends on October 31 at the same year.

The pavilion, about 70 meters high, is the tallest construction of Shanghai World Expo. “Oriental Crown, Splendid China, Ample Barn, and Rich People” are the main concepts. The roof with a 30-meter height is made up of 56 wooden brackets which express 56 ethnic minorities in China. The China Pavilion, known as “The Crown of the East”, adopts the traditional Chinese Dougong structure which has been used over 2000 years. It is painted into Chinese red which is mixed by a lot of different red colours and designed by He Jingtang who is the director of the Architectural Academy in South China University.

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Three Highlights

There are 3 highlights of the China Pavilion at the Expo 2010. The first highlight is to explore the “Oriental Footprint". Several different-style programs show the Chinese wisdom in the urban developments. The urbanization experience since the reform and opening policy was put into practice is displayed through a video playing in the multimedia exhibition. The famous painting Riverside Scene at Qingming Festival is showed in 3D way in the China Pavilion to express the wisdom of Chinese classical cities. And plenty of people are touched by the amazing painting in the China Pavilion.

The second highlight talks about the experience journey. A train tour with a conversation between the past and the present of China perfectly displays the wisdom of Chinese construction plans to visitors. The trip is full of surprises and discovery experiences. The third highlight is to focus on a low carbon future. The urbanization in China in future will be achieved in a low carbon way.

The National Pavilion is the biggest display to show China and Chinese culture to the world. In order to meet the needs of visitors, China Pavilion extend the visit time-October 1, 2010 to May 31, 2011. Later, it doesn't open to the Public and changes into an exhibition for many different activities. Rebuilt for one year, the China Pavilion owns a new identity-China Art Palace which mainly shows Chinese modern art works. The newly China Art Palace will come into people’s sight on October 1, in 2012 as a free museum to the Public. It becomes a good place to enjoy the Chinese fine arts and will take about 5 hours to finish visiting all the art exhibitions in China Pavilion.


Latest information:

China Pavilion at the 2010 Shanghai Expo, renamed to China Art Palace, is freely open to the public now. Visitors only need to make an appointment 2 days ahead.


1.Now, the display of China Art Palace is still extended trial exhibition. People can make an appointment online, get tickets at the ticket service center next day and visit the palace on the third day. There are 8400 tickets to book every day.

2.Visitors can make an appointment online from 10:00 to 17:00 except Saturday. The China Art Palace doesn’t open on Monday and the ticket service center stops working on Sunday.

3.Real information including name, telephone and valid passport are necessary. People can also make an appointment for another 2 companies at the same time. Each valid passport is accepted one time in a month.


The original China Theme Pavilion, owned a new identity of Shanghai Museum of Contemporary Art, is also free to people with an appointment.


 It is located near Guozhan Road and Yuntai Road within Zone A of the Expo Site, in Putong New Area.

How to Get There?

 If you start at Shanghai railway station you could take Metro Line 1(xinzhuang - Gongfuxincun) and change into Metro Line 8 at the People's Square Station, then get off at Yaohua Road Station or Yuntai Road Station; you can still take Metro Line 1 and change to Metro Line 2, then take Metro line 7 and get off at Yaohua Road Station or Yuntai Road Station. 

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Opening Hours:

China Art Palace is open between 09:00 to 17:00 except Monday and is not accessible after 16:00. There are four periods to visit the palace a day.

More Tips:

There are 7 parking lots near the China Pavilion.

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