Expo 2010: Tips to tour Shanghai Expo – Part 1


Touring the Expo might prove to be a daunting task for you if you do not know your way around the massive site. Here are some tips for you to make your touring easier and worry-free.

In the first part of tips, we will provide you some valuable information and tips for the Expo event compiled from various websites featuring about the Shanghai Expo 2010. In Tips for Touring the Expo Part 2 we will cover Transportation, Opening hours and General Tips.

  • Services – It is good to know some of the services provides at the Expo. These includes tour guide, depositing items, etc.
  • Distribution of Expo Site – Knowing your way around the huge place in important. This is a short guide with maps and zone descriptions so that you can have a better idea of the site before setting foot on it.



During the Expo, services to visitors include information inquiry, deposit of personal articles, visits reservation, renting, tour guide, lost children information and other services to those with special needs.

a. Information Service

Information offices will be set up at entrances of the Expo Site to serve the visitors for their inquiry of information about the pavilions, activities, time schedules and locations, as well as weather, city traffic, hotels, and restaurants. Visitors may give their comments and complaints at the information offices.

b. Deposit Service

Visitors may deposit their personal articles at the depositary counters and self-service terminals at entrance areas and specific areas within the Expo Site.

c. Reservation Service

Reservation service will enable the visitors to book some pavilion exhibitions, performances, activities and forums. By using the tickets, visitors may reserve a table in the restaurants, as well as the baby care services.

d. Direction Service

Specific fixed/unfixed-point service staff will be provided at pavilions, road crossings, and the Elevated pedestrian walk ramp connections to serve the visitors for their inquiry of information about the location of and route to pavilions and other facilities. These service staff will also assist in shunting the pedestrian flows, receiving and searching for lost children, and receiving and responding to requirements for help.

e. Rental Service

Some specific articles will be provided for rent to satisfy the visitors who have special needs. Such articles include baby carriage, wheel chair, wireless information terminal, self-help on-site guide system, electronic map, charger for personal digital products, etc.

f. Lost and found Service

Visitors shall register at the lost and found office as required, and claim their belongings that others find.

g. Tour guide Service

Tour guide services will be provided to group visits, which fall into two categories, general and VIP. Service languages include Chinese, English, French, Japanese, and Korean, etc.

h. Children Service

It will take care of and search for lost children under age 14. Specific rest areas will also be available for visitors to take care of their babies.

i. Lost children Service

It will receive, search for and take care of lost children under age 14. Lost children information will be published.

j. Baby care

Specific rest areas are available for visitors to take care of their babies.

k. Special Service

It will provide specific facilities and equipments, and professional staff to serve the elderly, the weak, the pregnant women, and the disabled. Services include the provision of wheel chair, Braille manual or guidebook, sign language service, and specific rest areas for the weak and the pregnant women.

l. Public health and medical Service

It will provide the visitors with regular medical services and public health instructions, to prevent any potential hazard that may jeopardize the public health. In case of emergency, proper measures shall be taken to control and eliminate the hazards as well as to minimize the possible casualties.

m. Weather Service

It will provide regular weather information, especially for the days when some important events and activities are planned to be held. In case of possible disastrous weather conditions, forecasts and pre-alarms shall be issued in a timely manner.

n. Post Service

It will provide mail services to visitors, including issuance of the Expo commemorative stamps.

o. Communication Service

It will provide the visitors with 24-hour communication services, featuring high quality, reliable, multi-mode, and customized.

p. Financial Service

Financial services include money deposit and withdrawal, foreign currency exchange, and coin change to be provided at the counters or self-service terminals.

q. Catering and shopping Service

Catering service facilities include regular restaurants, fast-food restaurants, cafes, and teahouses. Some Expo-licensed products, art wares and souvenirs will also be on sale in these facilities.

r. Multimedia self-help guide system

With the guide system on hand, visitors may have a free travel within the Expo site, visit the pavilions, take part in on-site activities, and have access to service facilities. The multi-language system will enable the visitors to enjoy corresponding introductions while walking and/or looking round at pavilions and other scenic spots.

s. Mobile phone tour guide system

By using the GPS cell phone and its wireless positioning system, visitors may locate themselves and their destinations, and search for information of traffic, catering, shopping and many other service facilities in perimeter areas.

t. Mobile phone tracking tool

Use the GPS cell phone to find target persons, particularly the elderly and children, who wear the mobile tracking tool with one-button transmission function. In case of lost, the target person may send a signal to the correlated cell phone by simply pushing the button on the tracking tool, which will help the cell phone owner locate the lost member in a timely manner.

u. Volunteers


Volunteers who work inside the Expo site will be used as information consultants, assistant receptionists, aids for physically challenged people, event coordinators, assistant guides, interpreters, media coordinators and management assistants for volunteers.

The majority of volunteers are Shanghai people aged between 16 and 35 and with higher education background.

Most of the foreign volunteers live in Shanghai and can speak Chinese. The organizer has also recruited some volunteers who served at the 2005 Aichi Expo in Japan and some from Milan in Italy, which will host the 2015 World Expo.

The Expo will have 2,553 volunteers serving visitors in the site on workdays. The number will double during weekends, holidays and national celebrations.

Distribution of Expo Site


a. Park

The Expo Site covers a total area of 5.28 sq km, including the enclosed area and outside areas of support facilities. The Expo Site spans both sides of the Huangpu River, with 3.93 sq km in Pudong and 1.35 sq km in Puxi.

b. Enclosed Area

Enclosed area measures 3.28 sq km (2.39 sq km in Pudong and 0.9 sq km in Puxi).

c. Zones


Expo Sites are located on both sides of the Huangpu River, in the districts of Pudong (east of the Huangpu river) and Puxi (west of the Huangpu river).

It covers a total area of 5.28 square kilometers, with 3.93 sq km in Pudong and 1.35 sq km in Puxi. The Expo Site is equipped with many facilities in both enclosed and outdoor areas. The enclosed areas cover a total area of 3.28 sq km, with 2.39 sq km in Pudong and 0.9 sq km in Puxi. The site for World Expo 2010 is divided into five zones, marked A, B, C, D and E, each of which has an average area of 60 hectares.

i. Zone A

Located between the Expo Boulevard to the West and the Bailianjing Rivulet to the east in the Pudong section, Zone A will be the place for China Pavilion and foreign national pavilions of Asian countries (not including Southeast Asia).

ii. Zone B

In Pudong, covering an area between Zone A to the east and Lupu Bridge to the west, Zone B hosts the Theme Pavilions, Expo Center and Performance Center. The national pavilions of Southeast Asian countries, some of the pavilions of Oceanian countries, and pavilions for international organizations are also located in this zone. Theme Pavilions will include: Urban Being Pavilion, Urban Life Pavilion, Urban Planet Pavilion and Urban Future Pavilion.

iii. Zone C

Located in Pudong, in an area known as Houtan to the west of Lupu Bridge, Zone C will host European, American and African national pavilions in clusters and a large public amusement park of about ten hectares will be built at the entrance.

iv. Zone D

In Puxi, to the west of Expo Boulevard, Zone D is an example of Chinese modern industry: the site of the Jiangnan shipyard. Some of the ancient industrial buildings will be kept and renovated into corporate pavilions. The docklands and shipways to the east of the corporate pavilions will be preserved and made into a place for outdoor public exhibitions and cultural exchange.

v. Zone E

Located in Puxi, to the east of Expo Boulevard, Zone E will be the site for stand-alone corporate pavilions, the Urban Civilization Pavilion, the Urban Exploration Pavilion and the Urban Best Practice Area.

d. Permanent Buildings


China Pavilion

The China Pavilion is designed with the concept of “Oriental Crown”. The traditional Chinese wooden structure architecture element — Dougong brackets is introduced. The design concept, “the Oriental Crown, the Crest of Chinese, the Barn for the World and Wealthy People,” reflects the deep accumulation of Chinese culture. The main colour of the China Pavilion is the traditional and sacred colour, “Gugong (Forbidden City) Red” which represents the taste and spirit of Chinese culture.

Theme Pavilions

The Theme Pavilions are located in Zone B of the enclosed area of the Expo Site and to the west of Expo Boulevard. The shape of the Theme Pavilions borrows from the “lane” and “dormer” of the old Shanghai, to form a two to three-dimensional spatial structure by means of “origami”. The Theme Pavilions will be built into a “green, energy-saving, environment-friendly” building with an aboveground area of 80,000 square meters and underground of 40,000 square meters.

Expo Boulevard

The Expo Boulevard is located in the centre of the Pudong part of the Expo Site and is the largest stand-alone structure within the Expo Site. The Expo Boulevard has two floors underground, one above the ground and one canopy. The Expo Boulevard is a semi-open structure and will serve as a large transportation and commercial centre with multiple purposes. The Expo Boulevard will act as the main axis for human traffic flow and sightseeing in the Expo Site during Expo Shanghai and will continue to be main axis of landscapes in the city after Expo Shanghai.

World Expo Centre

The Expo Centre is located at the water-front greenland in Zone B of the Expo Site. This building stretches 350 meters from the west to the east, and 140 meters from the north to the south, with a total floor area of 140,000 square meters. The Expo Centre will be completed and put into trial operation by the end of 2009. Being one of the major permanent buildings, the Centre will serve as the centre for ceremonies and conferences, press conferences and various forums during Expo Shanghai.

Expo Performance Centre

Located in the north of the Pudong Section of the Expo Site and to the east of the Expo Boulevard, the Expo Performance Centre has a floor area of 126,000 square meters, of which 74,000 square meters is above ground and 52,000 square meters underground area.

The centre mainly consists of large central stage, large functional hall which can house 18,000 audiences and supporting facilities. The audience seats are convertible between 4,000 seats, 8,000 seats, 12000 seats and 18,000 seats based on requirements for performance and volume of audiences. The central stage is the first of its kind in China which can be adjusted to form different shapes within 360 degrees. Therefore, it can provide huge space for stage design, artistic innovation and imagination for various performances.

Continue Reading Tips for Touring the Expo Part 2 – where we will talk about Tips on transportation, opening hours and general tips that will prepare you better for your expo exploration!


tiē shì

贴 士                               tip     n.

zhì yuàn zhě

志  愿       者                  Volunteer    n.

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  2. Faith Blue Says:

    Indeed interesting. I know a great family that can give tours of the pavilions. Check out them: http://china.homestaynow.org

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