Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Shanghai - Day 11 - Expo Site

Nocturnal Hunting for Stamps at the African Pavilions

sunny 28 °C

We had been taken photos for hours, and decided it's time to enter the pavilions as the queues got shorter. There're late night, cheaper ticket holders who entered the Expo after 5pm. So we try to beat the 5 o'clock crowd by visiting the pavilions now.

Portuguese Pavilion, Shanghai Expo 2010, China
Portugual Pavilion
Entry Time: 4:10. Queueing Time: 15 mins.

This pavilion mainly exhibits her ancient link with China. It displayed a few important historical documents relating to China like the first Portuguese-Chinese dictionary that produced in the 16th century.

At the exit was the cafe where the cold Portuguese tarts were sold like hot cakes. Portuguese tarts are very popular in Shanghai, you can get them in many places from KFC to street food stalls. Chinese love them; I guess because Chinese (egg custard) tarts aren't too dissimilar to Portuguese tart. I do enjoy a mean Chinese egg tart, but leans towards Portuguese tart just slightly more. But it was the cappuccino that really took the cake, and took me right back to Sydney. Cappuccino in Sydney are, of course, prepared by coffee shops operated by Southern Europeans, and beat the weak Chinese (Asian in general) and North American cappuccino hands down. It was the highlight of the Expo...sad isn't it?

Finland Pavilion, Shanghai Expo 2010, China
Finland Pavilion
Entry Time: 4:40. Queueing Time: 15 mins.
Exhibited various home-grown designs, and when I saw it, one name came to mind: Ikea. Sorry Finland. Feel free to send me a cheque, Ikea, for that plug. Paypal is preferred. Paypal, pay me for that plug. Cheque is preferred.

Italy Pavilion, Shanghai Expo 2010, China
Italy Pavilion

Entry Time: 7:30. Queueing Time: 25 mins.

Etta enjoyed it more than me. It had got something for both sexes: machines for boys, and fashions for girls. Etta commented how creative were the displayed. I yawned as I nodded. Couldn't tell if I was tired or bored. Probably a bit of both.

Italy Pavilion, Shanghai Expo 2010, China

African Pavilions
Etta spent the rest of the evening collecting stamps for her passport by going through the various African pavilion thick and fast. By this time, most of the smaller, less popular pavilions could be visited without a queueing. Actually even if there's no lining up at the entrance, but usually a queue for the stamps.

We went through about 11 pavilions (most African's) for the rest of the evening, and it was all a blur.

Spain Pavilion, Shanghai Expo, China
Spain Pavilion

UK Pavilion, Shanghai Expo 2010, China
UK Pavilion

Luxemburg Pavilion, Shanghai Expo 2010, China
Luxemberg Pavilion

Poland Pavilion, Shanghai Expo 2010, China
Poland Pavilion
It uses the idea of paper cutting for the inspiration of its pavilion.

Sweden Pavilion, Shanghai Expo, China
Sweden Pavilion

Denmark Pavilion
This spiral structure is a bicycle ramp

Latvia Pavilion, Shanghai Expo, China
Latvia Pavilion

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