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Shanghai World Expo opens

SHANGHAI, CHINA - APRIL 21: A foreigner passes...
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The World Expo is opening in the Chinese city of Shanghai – the first time a developing country has hosted the event.

Chinese state media says the country has spent much more on the event than was spent on the Beijing Olympics.

At least 70 million visitors – almost all of them Chinese – are expected to visit pavilions and exhibitions staged by more than 240 countries and organisations from around the world.

But it is hard to say for certain these days what a World Expo is for.

from BBC News

See the slideshow here.

Strange Random Expo Quote:

“Expositions are the timekeepers of progress. They record the world’s advancement. They stimulate the energy, enterprise, and intellect of the people; and quicken human genius. They go into the home. They broaden and brighten the daily life of the people. They open mighty storehouses of information to the student. Every exposition, great or small, has helped to some onward step….These buildings will disappear; this creation of art and beauty and industry will perish from sight, but their influence will remain to ‘Make it live beyond its short living, with praises and thanksgiving.'” –  US President William McKinley

“Expositions are the timekeepers of progress. They record the world’s advancement. They stimulate the energy, enterprise, and intellect of the people; and quicken human genius. They go into the home. They broaden and brighten the daily life of the people. They open mighty storehouses of information to the student. Every exposition, great or small, has helped to some onward step….These buildings will disappear; this creation of art and beauty and industry will perish from sight, but their influence will remain to ‘Make it live beyond its short living, with praises and thanksgiving.'”
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