The story appears on

Page P1

October 23, 2010

GET this page in PDF

Free for subscribers

View shopping cart

Related News

Home » Metro

Pavilions say thank you

SOME foreign pavilions will leave their Expo treasures to China to express their gratitude to the country for allowing them an opportunity to put their countries on display.

South Africa will leave parts of the exhibits in its pavilion to the Expo museum in China. Although the pavilion held a closing ceremony on Thursday, the pavilion will still be open until the end of the Expo later this month.

"Our exhibits will go to different destinations," said South Africa's Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Zuma. "And parts of them will be kept in China."

The exhibits in the pavilion include paintings created by the aborigines, china wares and sculptures, all of which throw a light on the cultural history of the country.

The Colombia Pavilion's gift is a model Haibao all made of emerald. Made in Antioquia, Colombia, the model weighs 3.5 kilograms.

"The 2010 World Expo has been a marvelous stage for Colombia," said Luis Alfredo Ramos, director of Antioquia.

Not all the gifts are material ones. The India Pavilion plans to leave a legacy of yoga and Indian dancing as a gift to the Chinese by setting up a yoga institute in Shanghai to train yoga teachers to professional standards.

The daily yoga and Bollywood performances have been the most eye-catching treasures at the India Pavilion over the past six months.

"I found that Chinese visitors have a great interest in authentic yoga and Bollywood performances," said Rajesh Kumar, director of the pavilion's public relations department.

"They tend to relate India with these two things and Buddhism," he said, adding that the pavilion officials also plan to support research on authentic Indian yoga in China and help Chinese people gain better health for a better life while also promoting Bollywood dancing.

The India Pavilion is collaborating with the Shanghai Film Art Academy to develop the training school to help China produce its own professional yoga teachers, Kumar revealed.

Experts from the Yoga University of India and the Yoga Academy of India will give classes and students will get a certificates issued by the schools after 6-12 months' study.

Besides, some pavilions in the UBPA, such as the London and Hamburg pavilions, plan to establish a replica in some suburban districts of Shanghai.

The German-Chinese House, a bamboo home which expresses a modern architectural concept, will be moved to the Zhejiang Province capital Hangzhou.


Copyright © 1999- Shanghai Daily. All rights reserved.Preferably viewed with Internet Explorer 8 or newer browsers.

沪公网安备 31010602000204号

Email this to your friend