Shanghai World Expo wins overseas applause

08:06, October 29, 2010      

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For Lin Xuewen, secretary-general of United Chinese Associations of Eastern U.S., "incredible" is the best word to describe his experiences at the Shanghai World Expo.

"It was incredible to see the video played in the multimedia exhibition of the China Pavilion about China's vast migration from rural to urban areas over the past 30 years. I felt so overwhelmed by the incredible changes as if I was riding a time machine. Truly amazing," recalled Lin.

Lin has been living in New York for more than three decades. He went to China to attend the Shanghai Expo in May. He said the rapid urban development in Shanghai was "incredible."

"Look at the skyscrapers along the streets and skyline at night. It is even better than the New York City night view," he said.

The biennial Expo opened on May 1 in Shanghai for a six-month run under the theme of "Better City, Better Life," with some 190 countries and 50 international organizations participating.

The number of visitors to the Shanghai World Expo has exceeded 70 million, breaking the previous record set during the 1970 Osaka World Expo in Japan, which attracted 64 million people.

The China Pavilion, named "The Crown of the East," has become increasingly popular since the opening of the World Expo, with a daily average of 50,000 visitors.

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