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The ‘whimsical world’
of Rainie Yang
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CHINA’S COSMOPOLITAN CITY
THROWS A MAMMOTH
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blue mascot, is
not only the face
of the six-month-long party the
Chinese city is throwing. Its
name, which means ‘treasure of
the seas’ in Chinese, is in
keeping with Shanghai’s status
as a coastal city. The Chinese
character of Haibao, which is
inspired by a blue ocean wave,
looks like a human being, an apt
interpretation of this Expo’s
theme ‘Better Life, Better City’.
As part of its green efforts, the
Shanghai Expo features the
world’s largest solar-panel
wall—a vast expanse of rooftop
solar panels which feed electric-
ity to Expo pavilions, a restau-
rant that recycles leftover food
for electricity and more than
1,000 clean energy vehicles.
About 2,000 benches, placed on
the open ground near the
Culture Centre, are made of recycled milk and
beverage cartons collected from more than 500
communities across Shanghai in a green drive
initiated last year. At the press room in the
Expo Centre, desks are old ones purchased
from the news centre of the Beijing Olympics.
Shanghai spared no effort as it spruced up for
a mammoth party, which some say is bigger
than the Beijing Olympics. The city’s US$40
billion facelift over the past three years has
opened on April 30 without a major glitch and
promises to entice more visitors, investments
and put Shanghai on the world map.
More importantly, given the theme of the