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Cable cars and plenty of other fun in store at China Pavilion

VISITORS to the China Pavilion will be able to ride in a cable car and see a film by award-winning director Lu Chuan, the 2010 World Expo organizer said yesterday as they offered a sneak peek at the host country's exhibition.

Visitors will take a 10-minute trip in a cable car and along the way they will view Chinese scenes from ancient times and into the future.

The China Pavilion will be the largest national pavilion at the Expo so it must also have the best exhibition, Pan Gongkai, president of the China Central Academy of Fine Arts and chief designer of the pavilion's exhibition, told a press conference yesterday.

The exhibition's theme will be "Search of the East" and focuses on the wisdom that ancient Chinese used to tackle urban problems.

The three-story pavilion's exhibition will be divided into three sections - Footprint of the East, Journey of Wisdom and Blossoming City - on three floors.

Visitors will first watch a film directed by Lu Chuan, who was born in 1970 in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. The 10-minute movie will display the urban development of China in the past 30 years. It will be shown in a 600-seat theater.

"It will be like a short epic and it will shock every viewer," said Lu, who declined to give away plot details.

Lu is known for his films "Kekexili: Mountain Patrol" and "City of Life and Death."

He won a Golden Horse Best Picture award in 2004 for "Kekexili" at a film festival in Taiwan.

Another highlight will be a massive projection of the painting "Along the River During Qingming Festival," considered a national treasure. Multimedia technologies will make the more than 1,500 characters in the painting walk and move, Pan said.

Water will also be a big feature in the pavilion. All three display areas will feature brooks and waterfalls.

It will take 45 minutes to complete a visit to the China Pavilion, the organizer said.


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