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Children's special day

CARTOON characters will welcome kids to the Expo site on Children's Day on Tuesday, inviting them to watch performances and take part in activities, organizers said yesterday.

More than 20 cartoon characters, including Expo mascot Haibao and other cute creatures representing corporate pavilions, will entertain children with three shows in the public areas of Zone D and E at the Puxi section.

A fairy tale play from Germany, "The Bremen Town Musicians," a boy scout band from Norway and a puppet show of the "Journey to the West" will also feature on Children's Day in the Puxi site.

Chen Chao, director of Zone D and E, said a family of three with a child aged between four and 14 will be able to use green channels to the State Grid Pavilion and the SAIC-GM Pavilion on Tuesday.

"We want children to have a special festival at the Expo site," Chen said.

She also said that if children and their parents took part in some games at the China State Shipbuilding Corporation Pavilion, they would be able to enter the pavilion without queuing.

Most of the corporate pavilions are offering children specially designed badges and cartoon posters to celebrate the day.

For a detailed activity schedule, check the official Expo Website,

Meanwhile, Liaoning Province is showing many little-known Chinese artistic skills during the province's culture week at the Baosteel Stage in the Pudong site.

Visitors can watch artists controlling a puppet to paint a landscape picture, using electric irons to burn grooves on rice paper or demonstrate finger painting during the culture week, which runs until Wednesday.

Wang Na, 40, created the puppet drawing skill that has been listed as a national intangible heritage. She controls a large puppet holding a brush in its "hand."

Wang was a puppeteer who came up with the idea of combining a traditional Liaoning puppet show with Chinese painting.

Liu Yongchun, 60, demonstrates painting using just his forefinger, a style that dates back more than 300 years. "The finger is far more agile than brush pens. It can be used as any sizes of brush," Liu said.

Paper-cutting is another traditional skill on display. "All the skills are interesting, especially the paper-cutting, which might be normal to Chinese but is really fantastic to us foreigners," said Veronica Mira from Spain.


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