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Expo Boulevard looks inward

INNER decoration began yesterday on the Expo Boulevard, the main entrance to the World Expo 2010 site that officials hope will become one of the event's highlights.

The organizer will first complete several meter-long sections of the structure to let engineers make quality checks before proceeding, said Zhang Huaping, an official at Shanghai Construction Group.

The three-level boulevard has six horn-like structures that will each be about the size of two basketball courts. The horns, known as Sunny Valley, will disperse sunshine into the boulevard's underground level and gather water for irrigation.

Two of the valleys have been completed.

The Expo Boulevard is expected to be finished by the end of the year.

It will be linked to a Metro Line 13 station. More than 50 percent of the 70 million expected visitors will enter the Expo site from the boulevard.

Visitors can also access the China Pavilion, Expo Center, Theme Pavilions and Performance Center from the boulevard.

The Expo Center, the main venue for ceremonies, forums and conventions, is also in the interior decoration phase. The 142,000-square-meter building will also house the Expo operation and media center.

Meanwhile, the United Nations yesterday unveiled its Expo pavilion logo on its Website. The logo shows a bird's eye view of a city along with the words "UN Expo 2010 Shanghai."

The logo highlights the Expo theme - Better City, Better Life.

The United Nations and its 22 agencies will present a joint exhibition with the theme "One Earth, One UN" in a 3,000-square-meter pavilion.


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