Expo 2010: Pavilions – India, Nepal, Israel (Zone A)

India Pavilion

India is to build a huge domed structure influenced by an ancient Buddhist monument as its pavilion for Shanghai Expo 2010. The 4,000 square meter structure will be similar to the Sanchi Stupa, built in the Maurya Dynasty (about 321-187 BC) by Ashoka.

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‘Cities of harmony,’ is the exhibition theme focusing on the integration between urban and rural regions through exchange of trade and services. Visitors to the pavilion will be led on a journey of Indian cities from ancient times to the present day. The pavilion features India’s rich religious culture, traditional and modern technology and combination of urban and rural life.

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The dome will be used as a 360-degree screen to tell different stories about life in cities through the ages. It will also be energy efficient with the use of solar panels and wind power.

Herbs will grow on the dome and bamboo will form part of the structure. The pavilion will feature a shopping arcade where people from various regions of India will be demonstrating and selling a wide variety of products. There will also be a food plaza with provide traditional Indian delicacies.

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During the Expo, Indian cultural performances will be performed in the amphitheater.

The main dome structure of the pavilion has been designed to handle an average of 450 visitors every 20 minutes; the pavilion will cost about US$9 million.

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Nepal pavilion

The foundation of the Nepal Pavilion was completed. With the theme: “Tales of Kathmandu City—Seeking the Soul of a City; Exploration and Speculation”.

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Design features
The design plan for Nepal pavilion embodies the civilization and beauty of an ancient country in Asia by displaying several great moments in the history of Kathmandu for more than 2000 years as an architectural, artistic and cultural centre and describes the extension and spread of urban through evolution of architectural styles.

The pavilion is in the form of an ancient Buddhist temple in Kathmandu, surrounded by traditional Nepalese houses. The theme touches upon the soul of a city by exploring its past and future. Another highlight of the pavilion will be Nepal’s efforts in environmental protection and developing renewable energies and green architecture.

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A car or motorcycle rally will run from Lumbini to the Expo site. The rally will bring the “eternal flame of peace” to Shanghai from Nepal.

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Implementing Experts Group (IEG), the official organizer of the museum in Nepal is responsible for the concept of the museum design and construction as well as all the work related to the showing activities.

Israel pavilion

Israel will highlight innovation in its pavilion at World Expo 2010 along with putting a spotlight on ancient Jewish culture. Pavilion will look like two clasped hands.

The two dynamic forms symbolize Israeli innovation and technology, the theme of the pavilion to World Expo is “Innovation for Better Life.” It will echo the theme of the 2010 event, which is “Better City, Better Life”.

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“Israelis like to use stone in their houses, which embody solidity, earth and roots, while the use of glass stands for an open future,” said Haim Z. Dotan, the chief designer of Israel Pavilion.

Not only that, the shape of the hugging curvilinear forms resembles the ancient Chinese symbol for tai chi, a state of the undifferentiated absolute and infinite potential, to mark the friendship between Jews and Chinese. The two structures will curve around each other and stretch to the sky like there is no ending, representing the inexhaustable human creativity of the Israeli people.

Israel constantly seeks to contribute a substantial share to the world’s leading innovations in art, science, literature and design and believe innovation will contribute to better life.

The 2,000-square-meter pavilion could also represent the dialogue between humanity and nature, the earth and sky, as well as the past and the future.

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The pavilion consists of three areas – Whispering Garden, Hall of Light and Hall of Innovations.

The Whispering Garden is a green orchard that greets visitors as they enter the building. Some facilities will be installed to make the trees begin to “whisper” in both English and Chinese when visitors walk close to them.

The Hall of Light includes a 15-meter high screen. It will display films highlighting the country’s innovations and technological achievements.

The Hall of Innovation is the centerpiece of the Israel Pavilion. A special audio-visual show will allow visitors to talk with Israeli children, scientists, doctors and inventors via hundreds of screens. These Israelis will introduce themselves and share their hopes for a better future.

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It will not be a face-to-face talk because the talks will be pre-recorded, Dotan said. He told Shanghai Daily that visitors could hold a genuine conversation with Israeli people in the virtual Israel Pavilion at Expo Shanghai Online. Expo Shanghai Online is an innovation of Expo 2010. It offers a three-dimensional virtual visit to the Expo site via the Internet. Israel also signed a contract today to participate in Expo Shanghai Online.

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Every night the glass facade of the pavilion will display introduction videos of tourist attractions around the nation and especially the unsurpassed splendour of the capital city of Jerusalem.

Israel allocated about US$6 million for its participation at Expo 2010, which includes the cost of its pavilion and other activities.

It is the first time Israel has committed to building a national pavilion at a World Expo.

Vocabulary

印度   yìn dù                                                India

尼泊尔   ní bó ěr                                           Nepal

加德满都   jiā dé mǎn dū                               Kathmandu (Capital of Nepal)

以色列   yǐ sè liè                                           Israel

耶路撒冷   yē lù sā lěng                                 Jerusalem (Capital of Israel)

可再生能源   kě zài shēng néng yuán                renewable energies

创新      chuàng xīn                                           innovation

圆形剧场    yuán xíng  jù chǎng                           amphitheater






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