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German diversity in Balancity

A half-timber frame house, a wall with three clocks and the Rossini Quartet has kicked off the "Regional Diversity" series at the Germany Pavilion.

The pavilion, with a theme of "Balancity," has allocated the open space in front of the venue for different German states to profile themselves. There is no need to queue for exhibitions and performances in the outdoor area.

Mayors and other government officials of Halle, Wittenberg, Dessau and Magdeburg from the state of Saxony-Anhalt attended an opening ceremony yesterday.

Theirs is the first German state to display its culture and tradition.

Vice Mayor of Halle, Wolfram Neumann, said people from the state were known as early birds.

Although on the same time zone as the rest of Germany, Saxony-Anhalt residents start their day early due to their central geographic location.

Three clocks inside the space symbolically illustrated such "time" differences. When the German clock was 6am, the Saxony-Anhalt one claimed 7am.

The state is home to religious reformer Martin Luther and baroque composer Georg Friedrich Handel. Its Rossini Quartet played music by Handel, Mozart and Bach on the stage.

Saxony-Anhalt has many beautiful churches that have survived war and disasters. They are mainly in the half-timber structure style common to Germany. Two carpenters from the area demonstrated during the display how to build such a house.

The exhibitions and performances from Saxony-Anhalt started on May 24 and will end today.

"It's quite nice to see bits of Germany like this in an open space, without queuing," said Chen Hui, 63, while he was busy taking pictures.


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