World's treasures gather in single pavilion at Expo

15:28, October 26, 2010      

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The City Footprint Pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo Park is considered "the most valuable pavilion of the World Expo Park."

This pavilion possesses more than 300 precious relics and great treasures borrowed from various well-known museums worldwide, including the God Gate of the ancient Kingdom of Babylon, the ancient battlefield of Troy, mysterious murals from the Mogao Grottoes, royal treasures from the Palace Museum and foreign countries, sculptures of famous figures, such as Plato, Leonardo da Vinci, Charlie Chaplin and David as well as displays of the history of human urban development spanning 5,000 years.

It can be called a miracle in the history of World Expo. "Just looking over the relics is worth the ticket to the Shanghai World Expo," experts exclaimed.

The City Footprint Pavilion was transformed from the welding workshop of the original Shanghai Jiangnan Shipyard, and it is now a museum that displays treasures from various countries. The main image of the pavilion is an old "Professor Haibao." As a witness to the passage of time, it seems that the pavilion is recording the present time and also looks back on history, because human footprints are the joint efforts of generations.

The pavilion is divided into four exhibition halls, of which, the "Ideal Fantasy City" exhibition hall is the lobby, and "City Origin," "Urban Development," and "City Wisdom" exhibitions make up the three major exhibition halls. As the lobby, the "Ideal Fantasy City" covers an area of 3,000 square meters. Just as Chen Xiejun, the curator of the Shanghai Museum had put it, "It must firmly attract visitors at the very start."

In the "Ideal Fantasy City," a 3D high-tech display approach is adopted to interpret the ideal Eastern and Western cities as well as the extension of ideal cities and the creation of ideal cities. The exhibition gives an outline of the images of ideal cities and reflects people's unremitting pursuit of the concept.

In the major exhibition halls, visitors will follow the exhibition content to experience the integration of space and time from visual, auditory and tactile senses. It follows the paths of the original urban civilization of the Tigris and Euphrates to that of the Yangtze River.

The exhibition covers the once glorious ancient cultures, including Egypt, India, Athens and the Mayan civilization as well as the classical mature cities after the Renaissance. It showcases everything from the bustling markets described in the painting titled "Along the River During the Qingming Festival" to the cities with the Suzhou River and Shikumen style architecture as well as the Buda La Palace, the city of snow, and Istanbul, the imperial city of three dynasties. At the exhibition, the history of human civilization unfolds through the story of urban development and the wisdom of the ages is passed down to today.

By People's Daily Online


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