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Chimney thermometer going dark for 6 months

THE eye-catching Expo Thermometer that has been showing temperatures and weather conditions on a 165-meter chimney on the side of the Huangpu River for two years will go dark next week as the plant will be converted into a modern art museum.

The chimney at the 110-year-old Nanshi Power Plant, the tallest structure at the site of Expo 2010, will resume its function in October when the Shanghai Contemporary Art Museum opens, the Expo Development Group said today.

The group is responsible for the redevelopment of the former Expo Site.

The chimney was turned into a thermometer for the World Expo. Lights on the chimney change color to indicated temperatures and other weather conditions. It is visible from a long distance.

A plan published by the Shanghai Municipal Bureau of Planning and Land Resources shows that factory buildings in the former Urban Best Practices Area will be turned into an art gallery, a food court, entertainment venues and offices.

The 150,000-square-meter Urban Best Practices Area will eventually become another cultural and entertainment venue in Shanghai.


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