Monday 9 June 2008 Shanghai Daily A8 SPECIAL www.shanghaidaily.com Hong Kong eager to New Zealand boasts spectacular scenery but the fact promote urban record is most people live in cities — which is the reason be- Kelly Chen the Hong Kong Pavilion. Shanghai would be able to hind its theme for Expo, writes Chen Yiqin H ong Kong has made its World Expo participa- learn from Hong Kong’s experience in financial and tion official by signing a urban management, he said. participation contract as Tsang praised Shanghai’s Shanghai Mayor Han Zheng new urban construction met with Hong Kong Chief which reflects economic Executive Donald Tsang development while preserv- Yam-Kuen. ing historic buildings. The document formalizes He revealed Hong Kong the terms of participation of businessmen invested 5.5 the Hong Kong Special billion yuan (US$792.50 Administrative Region. million) in Shanghai in The 1,000-square-meter 2007. Hong Kong Pavilion will A Hong Kong Week will explore the theme “Hong be held during the six-month Kong — The Infinite City.” Expo that opens on May 1, It will showcase Hong 2010. Kong’s urban achievements The signing ceremony and and its relationship with the meeting was attended by Chinese mainland and the Shanghai Vice Mayor Yang rest of the world. Xiong and Zhong Yanqun, The exhibit will focus on deputy director of the World The artistic rendition of the New Zealand Pavilion Hong Kong’s superb Expo Shanghai 2010 location, transport, technol- executive committee. ogy, trade and finance, Hong Hao, director of the Finding balance in life multinational culture and Bureau of Shanghai World sustainable high-quality Expo Coordination, and urban life. Stephen Lam Sui-lung, Mayor Han thanked secretary for Constitutional Tsang for coming to and Mainland Affairs of the in the ‘burbs’ Shanghai for the ceremony Hong Kong SAR, signed on and said Shanghai would the dotted line at the Four support the construction of Seasons Shanghai hotel. T South Pacific nations to he New Zealand which will lead visitors down Pavilion at World to the entrance of the wedge- Expo 2010 shaped New Zealand Shanghai will showcase the balance Pavilion. Once visitors enter, they showcase island beauty between city and nature by will be greeted by indig- Hu Min joint pavilion would be a presenting Maori culture. enous New Zealand Maori boost to relations between Phillip Gibson, New Zealand’s commissioner- dancing groups. Another squad of New Zealanders T welve countries and two international organiza- tions from Oceania will build China and the Pacific nations. general for the Expo, signed who speak fluent Chinese Peter Vincent, board a participation contract with will guide visitors from the an 8,100-square-meter joint chairman of SPTO, said the organizers late last month. pavilion entrance. pavilion at World Expo 2010. joint effort underlined the New Zealand, famous for At the entrance, there will The South Pacific Tourism unity of the island countries. its spectacular natural be high-tech interactive have promised it will be pavilion will show how that Organization (SPTO) signed a Last Wednesday, the scenery as well as being the machines like ancient totem marvelous. presence benefits New participation contract with United Republic of Tanzania backdrop for “Lord of the poles from which visitors “New Zealand has plenty Zealanders economically, in Expo organizers last Tuesday also signed a participation Rings” trilogy, will present will be able to download to bring to the 2010 Expo terms of inspiration and the on behalf of the Pacific block contract with organizers. The “Cities of Nature: Living pavilion information to their theme of ‘Better City, Better encouragement of innovation in Suva, the capital of Fiji. east African country will Between Land and Sky” on a cell phone. Life’,” said Gibson. “Al- in technology, art and A total of 42 countries and take part in the exhibition of 2,000-square-meter section The pavilion exhibition though New Zealand has a culture, and lifestyle. international organizations the 31,000-square-meter of land on the Pudong side of will tell a modern variation of small population of 4.3 New Zealand has chosen a have signed participation African joint pavilion to the Expo site. the Maori story of how million, it is highly urban- contracts. showcase their achievements joint team to create its “We intend to have a humans were created, in ized with some 86 percent of The Oceania Pavilion will in city planning, such as in pavilion consisting of a distinctive presence and the which forests and people are people living in cities or showcase the beauty of the its capital Dar es Salaam. leading architectural firm, theme chosen will highlight not seen as separate, but as towns.” Pacific Ocean nations, their Also last week, Sri Lanka award-winning exhibition the balance between nature different aspects of the same New Zealand will invest unique culture and sustain- and the International and garden designers and a and the urban environment creative spirit. nearly NZ$30 million able lifestyle through the Federation of Red Cross and leading international project where nature is part of the “As visitors come to the (US$23.05 million) in theme “Pacific Ocean — Red Crescent Societies management company. urban experience,” said pavilion, they are going to be Shanghai Expo, its largest- Spring of Inspiration.” signed World Expo 2010 Most members of the joint Gibson. progressing from the ever investment in a World The island nations of contracts and unveiled their team were also involved in “Our pavilion is not countryside into the suburbs Expo. Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, themes for the exhibition. creating the successful New The Red Cross chose the intended as a great architec- and then into the city itself. It spent nearly US$10 Palau, Tonga, Micronesia, Zealand Pavilion at the Aichi Samoa, Fiji, Cook Islands, theme “City Life, Humanity tural stage — we are not When you come out onto the million on the 2005 Aichi trying to build the most roof, you are coming back to World Expo in Japan where Expo. Kiribati, Solomon Islands, Without Borders” for its 500- creative, imaginative the countryside,” Gibson the New Zealand Pavilion “New Zealanders usually Tuvalu and the Marshall square-meter lease pavilion. building. said. received about 4.2 million don’t think of themselves as Islands, as well as the Pacific The Red Cross Society of “What we are trying to do “This will all take place visitors among the total 22 urban people,” said Chris Islands Forum, authorized China will be in charge of is to state who we are as a along a walkway, about 112 million visitors. Bicknell of Coffey Projects, the SPTO to organize and exhibition planning and people, who we are as a meters long, which will “The theme of Aichi Expo who will lead the team that coordinate their Expo 2010 preparation work. country, who we are as a incorporate the idea of was ‘Nature’s Wisdom,’ but will create and direct the participation. Sri Lanka will choose culture. It’s more than just a moving into the city and in my view Shanghai Expo building of the pavilion. Zhou Hanmin, deputy five cities to display its building, it’s all of these through the city from dawn takes the theme of nature “But in fact 86 percent of director-general of the development during its things combined.” to dusk.” further,” Gibson said. us live in towns and cities Bureau of Shanghai World 3,000-year history, said The elevated walkway in The New Zealand New Zealand cities are, by and our major cities rate Expo Coordination, signed Hubert Jayakody, commis- the Expo site will connect organizers are keeping the Chinese standards, small and very highly in world surveys the contract on behalf of sioner general of Sri Lanka with a lovely rooftop veranda exhibition details a secret but not densely populated. The of ‘livability’.” organizers, and noted that the for Expo.