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Austria considers leaving pavilion in China

THE Austria Pavilion might stay in China, possibly even in Shanghai, as an Austria-China cultural club after the Expo closes.

Local Shanghai modern dancer Jin Xin said yesterday she was talking with both sides to keep the pavilion, with its facade of red and white porcelain, in Shanghai.

The pavilion's head of Media and Communications Kristina Schubert-Zsilavecz appreciated Jin's idea, but said Austria had originally discussed dismantling the structure and taking it back to Austria.

"We've had talks with some bodies back home, but it is quite expensive to transport. It would be great if it could remain in Shanghai as a cultural club," Schubert-Zsilavecz said.

The pavilion yesterday welcomed Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann and many VIPs on the occasion of Austria's National Pavilion Day.

The Chancellor was met by 88 musicians and a parade at the pavilion entrance as well as visitors from both countries who waved the Austrian flag for him.

Faymann enjoyed the pavilion, which features classic music performances and multimedia exhibitions, and posed for photos with musicians and actors.

He joined Werner Schlager, 2003 World Table Tennis Single champion, and local Shanghai football player Sun Xiang in a short table tennis game in front of the pavilion.

The 2,000-square-meter pavilion had admitted a total of 260,000 visitors by yesterday and the average waiting time was less than 60 minutes.


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