The latest and most detailed Shanghai World Expo 2010 exhibition has opened at the Capital Museum in Beijing. The publicity preceding the Expo does not have the frentic feeling like that which preceded the Olympics, but the Expo will last longer and, arguably, have a longer, stronger effect.
Having attended most Expos since Montreal 67, the writer feels that most of the local press has under-estimated its effect. One anecdote: after Brisbane 88, several local residents needed psychiatric help as they suffered from withdrawal symptoms.
In Beijing, you can see models of the main Expo pavilions, including some previously not shown. One of the highlights of the exhibition is a 3D film that shows a simulated version of the Expo site and which is being screened for the first time.
The five-minute movie is displayed on a 160-degree, arc-shaped screen using projection and audio facilities which were used for the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony.
Shanghai Daily reports that there will be at least 191 countries and 48 international organizations at the 2010 event including, quite definitely, the United States. For certain sure. For the visitor or resident it is an event not to be missed. And, unlike the Olympic Games, it goes on over a period of time so that a second, third or more visits are perfectly possible. Indeed, recommended.