How to visit Shanghai Expo's UBPA from a professional perspective?

08:32, May 11, 2010      

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Following the opening of the Shanghai World Expo Park, numerous tourists have visited more than 200 pavilions. However, some pavilions such as China, Japan, Saudi Arabia and Switzerland are so popular that tourists have to wait three to four hours just to get in. Meanwhile, some pavilions are not so favored by tourists, particular the Urban Best Practices Area (UBPA) on the western bank of the Huangpu River in Shanghai.

An old Chinese saying goes, "Simpletons are keen to watch the excitement, while professionals appraise and admire the skills." Following the opening of the Expo Park, the UBPA has been not the first choice of tourists. In response, the UBPA chief designer Tang Zilai said, "Professionals are attracted by the UBPA's fame and ordinary tourists will first choose to visit national pavilions."

Tang introduced that as an innovation and a major part of the Expo 2010 in Shanghai, the UBPA is intensively displaying various types of widely-accepted, innovative and valuable practical programs and material objects that the world's typical cities have pioneered in order to enhance living qualities of urban residents. The UBPA also offers cities from around the world a platform for the exchanges of urban development experiences.

The UBPA occupies almost 5 percent of the total area of the Expo Park and houses complex city blocks that simulate living, working, leisure, traffic and other urban functions. Visitors to the UBPA can see ecological houses from Shanghai that have applied natural and LED lighting, shallow geothermal heating and energy-saving systems; sun-proof, heat insulating and noise-free low-rent housing in Madrid, a "sustainable city" from Chicago, a"tent city" from Mecca, and a "water village" from Zhouzhuang.

The UBPA will enable tourists to experience the better future cities in advance by showcasing successful urban development cases that will serve as role models and take the lead in developing future cities.

By People's Daily Online


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