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China Pavilion to reopen this year

THE China Pavilion, scheduled to close its doors to visitors on Tuesday, will reopen by the end of the year in Shanghai with the same exhibits following a spell of maintenance, a senior Expo official said yesterday.

"Many facilities in the pavilion need short-term adjustments after being open almost continuously since last May," said Huang Jianzhi, deputy director-general of the Bureau of Shanghai World Expo Coordination, adding that the exact reopening date had not yet been decided.

The pavilion, one of the most popular at the World Expo 2010 Shanghai received more than 9 million visitors during the May 1-October 31 event, and has received another 6 million visitors since it reopened on December 1.

Visitors had to wait for two hours to enter the pavilion yesterday, the last Saturday during its first phase of reopening, according to the hotline of the pavilion.

The animated "Along the Riverside During the Qingming Festival" - one of the outstanding exhibits at the pavilion - will be displayed in Taipei, Taiwan, from July 1 to September 4.

The 110-meter-long and 6-meter-tall exhibition will be displayed at the former Taipei Flora Expo site with tickets priced at 220 Taiwan dollars (US$7.63).

Meanwhile, some sculptures at the Expo site would be displayed permanently in the United States and Mexico, according to Huang.

A sculpture of the Expo mascot Haibao would be displayed in Mexico while another sculpture, Shiyu, or the language of stone, would be dispatched to Chicago, Illinois, for exhibition in the US, Huang revealed.


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