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Nature's links to the city feature at Swiss pavilion

THE design of the Switzerland Pavilion aims to convey the message that cities are linked to nature and people should be able to travel from cities to nature easily, says Buchner Brundler, one of the pavilion's chief designers.

The pavilion, veiled by a curtain of woven aluminum, also reflected the traditional Chinese philosophical concept of yin and yang, the two opposing principles in nature, he said.

Popular attractions in the pavilion include a 10-meter screen showing Imax film "The Alps" and a chairlift which takes visitors from the ground floor to the roof where a simulation of Swiss scenery is to be found.


Manuel Salchli, the pavilion director, said he expected the pavilion to provide visitors with a once-in-a-lifetime experience, enhance people-to-people exchanges and promote cultural understanding between the Swiss and the Chinese people.

For example, some visitors were not aware of the fact that 95 percent of Switzerland's glass was recyclable and a visit to the pavilion may help them gain the knowledge, he said.

The pavilion is designed to cater for up to 20,000 visitors a day and it received about 8,000 visitors during its first day of operation on Saturday.

The pavilion ranked as one of the top 10 destinations for visitors on its opening day.


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