When we heard there was about 500 million visitors each day at the Shanghai World Expo and that China spent about $50 billion dollars on it (more than the 2008 Olympics), we were wound up about going to our first World Expo.
After waiting 1.5 hours, we were finally inside. Everyone from all walks of life in China was at the Expo. We were very impressed with the layout and how easy it was to find things. However, we still had to do a lot of walking and waiting for each pavilion we wanted to see. There were so many eye-catching pavilions that it was hard to choose where to go first.
Our favorite was the Seed Cathedral by UK. It’s made from 60,000 fiber optic rods and at the tip of each rod is a seed. During the day, the rods would draw light inwards. It was such a cool experience to walk inside the cathedral and see the thousands of rods all illuminated with different seeds. At night, the entire cathedral would glow.
Some other cool pavilions were Canada, France, and China. There were so many that we didn’t get the chance to see, so we probably missed out some other great ones.
The things we disliked about the Expo that left us with a bad taste was the behavior of the locals. In every line we had to wait, there was constant pushing and cutting. Everyone wanted to be first and after hours of that abuse, we were just fed up and saw most of the pavilions from the outside. The pushing got so bad that the people had no respect for authority and were even pushing the officers. If that wasn’t bad enough, on our second day, we saw one girl faint while in line because she was squeezed in so tightly.