Expo 2010: Pavilions – Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan (Zone A)

A brief introduction on the Theme, Concept, Design Features and Highlights of the 3 domestic pavilions: Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan of the Shanghai World Expo 2010.

The Hong Kong Pavilion

hongkong_pavilion_expo2010The Hong Kong Pavilion is located in Expo Zone A . It builds on a stand-alone site and occupies an ideal location close to the China Pavilion and adjacent to the Macau Pavilion. It has an exhibition area of about 800 square metres.

To tie in with the theme of the World Exposition 2010 Shanghai Expo and to highlight Hong Kong’s quality city life and our leading position as a creative capital, Hong Kong has adopted the theme of “Hong Kong – A City with Unlimited Potential”. The Hong Kong Pavilion will showcase the city’s unique connectivity with the Mainland and the world, in terms of both hardware and software.

Design concept
The Hong Kong Pavilion design is based on the winning entry by Chan Wai Ching and Sze Ki Shan Ida – the “Pavilion of Infinity” – in a Concept Design Competition staged by the Government in 2008.

The pavilion has three exhibition levels, each highlighting a different aspect of Hong Kong’s connectivity and creativity.

The three-level Pavilion has a loft, transparent chamber that takes up the entire middle level and allows visitors to experience the modernity, openness and transparency of Hong Kong society.

The ground level contains an exhibition hall that will highlight Hong Kong’s global connectivity and infinite potential. The ground floor is linked to the middle level by a pedestrian ramp, which will highlight the inter-connectivity of Hong Kong’s cityscape.

inside_hongkong_pavilionThe mid-level exhibition hall features a huge space to symbolize the openness and transparency of Hong Kong society. Interactive screens and other advanced technology will display content and engage the visitor. A viewing gallery between the mid-level and rooftop will provide visitors with a bird’s eye-view of the exhibits and the scenery outside the pavilion.

The upper level will highlight Hong Kong’s connectivity to nature, with an exhibition on Hong Kong’s wetland environment. Natural landscaping and the subtle application of graphics will provide visitors with a first-hand experience of the proximity of nature to the built environment, and the importance of Hong Kong’s large swathes of green areas to enjoyable and sustainable living.

The Pavilion will highlight Hong Kong’s achievements in sustainable urbanisation and illustrate the infinite potential for enhancing city life in a place with limited land resources.



The Macau Pavilion


The Macau Pavilion at Shanghai World Expo 2010 will take the shape of a Jade Rabbit Lantern. Designed by Chinese firm Carlos Marreiros Architects, the pavilion will be wrapped with a double-layer glass membrane and feature fluorescent screens on its outer walls. Balloons will serve as the head and tail of the ‘rabbit’, which can be moved up and down to attract visitors. The building will be constructed with recyclable materials and consists of solar power panels and rain collection systems.

Macao Pavilion is the “culture of integration, harmony and expression” as the theme, hoping to exquisite rabbit as coal, metaphor Macau city “harmonious compatibility” of the human spirit, and “compatible with accessibility, harmonious coexistence,” the development of wisdom.

Design Features
“Rabbit Light” in the minds of many people, and worry-free childhood are linked. It is actually a huge building, exquisitely carved and changes colors at night. It has become a symbol of a city.


The Macau Pavilion at Shanghai World Expo will take the shape of the “rabbit lantern” and it will change colors to present a mythological world. The design was inspired by “rabbit lantern” popular during the Mid-autumn Festival in south China in ancient times, since ancient times, rabbits have a moderate image of smart active in the Chinese traditional culture, is a symbol of harmony and compatibility, clever accessible in disguise. In Chinese mythology, the jade rabbit welcomes visitors to a magical fairyland.

A spiral ramp will take visitors on a journey of Macau. A film about Macau will be screened on the roof of the pavilion. The pavilion will be eco-friendly with recyclable construction materials as well as solar power panels and rain collection systems.

Every visitor to the pavilion will receive a rabbit lantern.



The Taiwan Pavilion


The Taiwan pavilion, which is designed by renowned Taiwanese architect Lee Chu-yuan, features a theme revolving around nature and soul.

The outside structure of the pavilion resembles a “sky lantern” or “Kong Ming lantern” which people fly during Chinese New Year and the Lantern Festival to pray for happiness, safety and health. It is a steel structure covered with smart film, a new kind of smart glass technology that adjusts to light under electric pressure to switch between a transparent and a semi-opaque state.

Located in Expo Zone A .The location of the pavilion is a spotlight as well because it will situated opposite the China Pavilion and adjacent to the Expo Axis, the main building of the Shanghai Expo.

The pavilion theme “Mountain, Water, Heart and Lantern” will be intertwined with exhibits designed to echo the Shanghai Expo theme, “Better City, Better Life.”

Design features
At first glance, the 658‐square‐meter pavilion will resemble a transparent cube housing a 12‐meter‐wide ball in its centre, but it has rich cultural meanings. The shape of the pavilion symbolizes a Kong Ming lantern, a popular emblem of health and happiness in traditional Taiwanese culture. With a glass exterior and an LED globe in the centre, the pavilion will light up in the dark to showcase Taiwan to the entire world.

The pavilion will be made of steel and glass, with its facade decorated with the ridge lines of Taiwan’s mountains.The globe will be suspended over a pool of water collected from Taiwan’s Sun Moon Lake.

There will be a dome theater in the pavilion showcasing high‐tech advancement, urban development and unique cultures of the minorities in Taiwan. Additionally, visitors will have the opportunity to light and fly thousands of virtual lanterns, which will appear on the curtain wall of the theater. This amazing view can also be seen from outside the pavilion through its transparent outer wall.

taiwan- pavilion
Known for a style that incorporates Eastern philosophy and elements into the architecture, the design of the Taiwan Pavilion encompasses the “Five Elements” in the Chinese tradition:

  • metal (the steel frame),
  • wood (the wood prayer platform),
  • water (the surrounding body of water taken from Sun Moon Lake and the Pacific),
  • fire (the LED light),
  • earth (tiles made of clay).

The design also shows a combination of the old and the new, which is a characteristic of modern Taiwan. The Heavenly Lantern represents the Chinese tradition, i.e. “the old”, while the LED technology represents progress and modernity, i.e. “the new.”

Though being the last to start construction so far, the pavilion is expected to attract about one million visitors upon its completion in March next year.

香港xiāng gang       Hong Kong

台湾tái  wān           Taiwan

澳门ào mén            Macao

城市风光  chéng shì fēng guāng  Cityscape

城市化 chéng shì huà                   Urbanization

隔膜  gé mó                Membrane

荧光  yíng guāng          Fluorescent

可循环利用 kě xún huán lì yòng  Recyclable

日月潭  rì yuè tán        Sun Moon Lake

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