May 2nd 2010, Shanghai
- The Expo 2010 Shanghai China formally opened its door to
the highly avid public this morning.
Top Chinese political advisor Jia Qinglin
and International Exhibitions Bureau President Jean-Pierre
Lafon activated the opening device together at a
The Expo, carrying a theme of "Better
City, Better Life", reflects the crystallization of wisdom
about urban construction and vision of a better future life,
Jia, chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese
People's Political Consultative Conference, said while
addressing the ceremony.
BIE Secretary Teneral Vicente Gonzalea
Loscertales said the Shanghai World Expo would be "the most
splendid and unforgettable" and would help the world better
understand the present, have a glimpse into the future and
strengthen cooperation between countries and organizations.
Visitors, from home and abroad, are
thronging to the gates of the Expo site, waiting for
security checks in long queues. Around 300,000 tickets have
been sold or distributed for the opening day, organizers
The Expo is expected to attract 70 million
visitors from China and abroad. The Expo site covers an area
of 5.28 square kilometers along both sides of the Huangpu
River, a tributary of the Yangtze River.