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Spain Pavilion preparing for a new life

The Spain Pavilion, one of the most visited venues at World Expo 2010, will reopen next May, offering flamenco dances and Spanish cuisine. Admission will cost 80 to 100 yuan each person, the pavilion's operator said today.

Spain gave the 7,600-square-meter pavilion to China, joining the governments of Saudi Arabia, France and Russia in giving away their pavilions for permanent stay in Shanghai.

The 8,000 hand-woven wicker panels on the pavilion's exterior will be replaced with fire-proof materials and some of the woven panels from Shandong Province will be made into souvenirs and given to Chinese and Spanish collectors, said Jin Lin, general manager of the Shanghai Juerui Industry Co.

Jin said his company will invest about 100 million yuan to renovate the pavilion and stage new exhibitions on Spanish art, cuisine and famous products.

The pavilion will continue to serve as a platform for exchanges between the two countries, said Gonazalo Otiz, consul general of Spain in Shanghai.

The main exhibition hall will feature live flamenco dances by artists from a world-famous flamenco performing group, Jin said.


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