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Shanghai exhibition center to be among the world's largest

By Wang Yanlin (Shanghai Daily)

08:29, December 27, 2011

A colorful display (above) at a groundbreaking ceremony held to mark the start of construction for the China Expo Convention & Exhibition Complex in Shanghai yesterday. It will be one of the world's largest exhibition areas when it is completed in five years' time. With 400,000 square meters of indoor space and 100,000 square meters of outdoor areas, it will double the size of the Shanghai New International Expo Center, the city's largest exhibition facility.

SHANGHAI began construction of what will be one of the world's largest exhibition facilities yesterday.

The China Expo Convention & Exhibition Complex will have 400,000 square meters of indoor space and 100,000 square meters of outdoor areas - double the size of the Shanghai New International Expo Center, currently the city's largest exhibition facility.

Commerce Minister Chen Deming and Shanghai Mayor Han Zheng yesterday witnessed the inauguration of China Expo Co Ltd, which will manage the construction and operation of the new complex.

"It will become a very competitive exhibition entity, and help to accelerate Shanghai's pace to become a global trading center," said Wang Zhiping, president of China Expo Co Ltd.

Located in Qingpu District in the Hongqiao Business Park, the new complex is expected to be finished in five years and will then host important events such as the China International Industry Fair and the Shanghai International Automobile Exhibition.

It will also aim to promote close connections between foreign and domestic businesses.

Shanghai Vice Mayor Ai Baojun said the new complex will strengthen the city's position as a global exhibition center.

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