China Travel Guide
Shanghai Travel Guide & Tours Information - 2010 World Expo
The World Expo is a large-scale, global, non-commercial Expo. The hosting of the World Expo must be applied for by a country and approved by the international World Expo committee. Expo aims to promote the exchange of ideas and development of the world economy, culture, science and technology, to allow exhibitors to publicise and display their achievements and improve international relationships. Accordingly, the World Expo with its 150-year history is regarded as the Olympic Games of the economy, science and technology.
Expo 2010 will be held in Shanghai, China and is a scheduled World Expo in the grand tradition of international fairs and expositions. The theme of the exposition will be "Better City – Better Life" and signifies Shanghai's new status in the 21st century as a major economic and cultural center. It is expected to generate the largest number of visitors in the history of the world's fairs in terms of gross numbers. The expo Logo features the chinese character 'world' modified to represent three people together with the 2010 date.
The Expo will take place from May 1–October 31, 2010.
The site of the event is the Nanpu Bridge-Lupu Bridge region in the center of Shanghai along both sides of the Huangpu River. The area of the Expo 2010 covers 5.28 km².
Massive construction of new metro lines have been undertaken for years in order to serve the traffic demands of the event. Shanghai Metro Lines 7, 8 South Extension, 13 are all under construction and will connect the expo site directly with the other parts of the city. Lines 2 East Extension, 9 Phase II, 10 and 11 Phase I will also be opened before the event.
As for intercity traffic, officials in Beijing announced plans on March 6, 2006, to begin construction of a second commercial maglev train system in Shanghai by the end of 2006. The planned Shanghai-Hangzhou Maglev Train would have connected Hangzhou as a west extension of the existing line and was planned for completion in time for Expo 2010. However, after massive public protest and the fall of the project's champion, Chen Liangyu, to corruption charges, the project was put on indefinite hold by the Chinese government in May 2007 to study "electromagnetic radiation concerns"
There are 9 types of tickets:
Haibao, the mascot of Expo 2010, on promotional display above Nanjing Road (Shanghai), April 2009
- Peak Day Single Day Admission
- Peak Day Special Admission
- Standard Day Single Day Admission
- Standard Day Special Admission
- 3 Day Admission
- 7 Day Admission
- Evening Admission
- Group Admission
- Student Group Admission
Peak Day means first 3 days after opening, which also is the holiday of Labour's Day (May 1–May 3, 2010), China's national day (Oct 1, 2010–Oct 7, 2010) and the last 7 days of the expo 2010 (Oct 25–Oct 31, 2010). There are 19 Peak Days total. Peak Day ticket holders can enter the expo zone at any time (Peak Days and Standard Days).
Standard Day means the whole expo time (May 1–Oct 31, 2010), excluding Peak Days. There are 168 Standard Days in total. Standard Day ticket holders can enter the expo zone on any standard day, but not on Peak Days.
3 Day and 7 Day Day Admission tickets are the equivalent of 3/7 Standard Day Admission tickets.
Evening Admission tickets are only valid after 17:00, and are only available in Standard Day.
Group Admission is for no less than 15 people; Student Group Admission is for no less than 30 students. Both ticket types require reservations in advance.
Special Admission is for the following people:
- People born in or before 1950
- Students with valid IDs
- Children under 1.2m
- Chinese military personnel on active duty
For Special Admission, valid IDs are required upon ticket purchase and entry, and can enter on any day, Peak or Standard.
All tickets only can enter once in the entry day.
Children shorter than 1.2m can enter for free.
There are 4 phases in the sale. The basic price is Standard Day in expo session (RMB 160 Yuan, about $20). The price will be less if paid in advance.
- Pre-sale Phase I (Mar 27, 2009-Jun 30, 2009): Purchase is limited to groups, and only Peak Day Single Day Admission and Standard Day Single Day Admission tickets are available. The prices are RMB 170 and RMB 130 (respectively).
- Pre-sale Phase II (Jul 1, 2009-Dec 31, 2009): Only Peak Day Single Day Admission and Standard Day Single Day Admission tickets are available for both groups and individuals. The prices are RMB 180 and RMB 140 (respectively).
- Pre-sale Phase III (Jan 1, 2010-Apr 30, 2010): Peak Day Single Day Admission, Peak Day Special Admission, Standard Day Single Day Admission, Standard Day Special Admission, 3 Day Admission and 7 Day Admission tickets are available for both groups and individuals. The prices are RMB 190, RMB 110, RMB 150, RMB 90, RMB 400 and RMB 900 (respectively).
- Expo Session Sales (EXPO Session, May 1, 2010-Oct 31, 2010): Peak Day Single Day Admission, Peak Day Special Admission, Standard Day Single Day Admission, Standard Day Special Admission, 3 Day Admission, 7 Day Admission and Evening Admission tickets are available for both groups and individuals. The prices are RMB 200, RMB 120, RMB 160, RMB 100, RMB 400, RMB 900 and RMB 90 (respectively).
The group tickets are only sold through the authorized travel agents in the form of tour package. Student Group Admission tickets are only sold through the authorized travel agents in the form of tour package for students or through the educational institutes
The main Building called "expo axis" with the world's largest membrane construction will be built by SBA (architects) and Knippers Helbig (structural engineers). The building consists of some steel-glass funnels with a 1000m long membrane construction.