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Futuristic city, shikumen style

SHANGHAI will showcase the city's "tolerance, energy and innovation" in a shikumen-style building in China's joint-provincial pavilion at the World Expo 2010, organizers revealed yesterday.

The host city's exhibition theme will be "New Horizons Forever."

The exhibition will help visitors understand the fast-developing city through objects and pictures. It will also show a future Shanghai that is more "attractive, integrated and intelligent," a spokesman said.

The exhibition will only be a small part of the city's Expo display. The real showcase of Shanghai will be everywhere - all around the city.

"The whole city will be the real Shanghai Pavilion," the spokesman said.

The 600-square-meter pavilion features an entrance resembling shikumen, a traditional stone-gated house initially built in the city in 1854 by Europeans.

They built the houses in foreign settlements to rent them to Chinese refugees. In the past, up to 80 percent of the city's population lived in this type of house.

The outside walls of the 7-meter-tall Shanghai Pavilion will be covered by hundreds of city photos taken by residents and visitors.

The organizer will begin inviting people in Shanghai, including those from abroad, to send photos about the city.

People can send their photos on a Website which will be launched on Monday.

The exhibition will be near the exit of the joint-provincial pavilion circling the China Pavilion, where the country's 31 provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions will present their exhibitions.

Shanghai is the second to last exhibitor in the joint-pavilion to unveil its exhibition theme. The last will be the capital Beijing.

The organizer has received more than 40,000 entries for the design of the pavilion since it began to collect designs for the city's exhibition at the beginning of last year.


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