ExpoBids logo (left) Shangahi World's Fair
  Various pavilions at Expo 2010

China Pavilion, Expo Axis, Singapore Pavilion, Australia Pavilion, United Nations Pavilion, United Arab Emirates Pavilion, The Netherlands Pavilion, Spain Pavilion, Portugal Pavilion, Mexico Pavilion, Israel Pavilion, and Japan Pavilion
  Expo 2010 was China's first world's fair. It was held in Shanghai from 1 May 2010 to 31 October 2010 on a 1300-acre site straddling the Huangpu River.

-This was the largest expo site ever, eclipsing the area of the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. Nearly 200 countries are participated, also a world's fair record.

-Over 70 million attended during the 6-month expo. This was also an expo record, breaking the current record held by Osaka, Japan's Expo 70. For comparison, the ten Walt Disney parks around the world had a combined attendance of 119.1 million in 2009... a 12-month period.

-As with all contemporary world's fairs, Expo 2010 had a theme. The theme "Better City, Better Life" focused on urban and environmental themes.

A world's fair? An expo? A world expo? What's the difference?

-In the history of world's fairs, many names have been used. In the United States, "world's fair" is mostly used. In other parts of the world, "expo" or "world expo" is more commonly used. The more formal names of these events usually include the words "international exposition" or "universal exposition." They are all "world's fairs."

Is this the first world's fair in a long time?

-Actually, no. Whereas we haven't had a world's fair in the United States since the 1984 Louisiana World Exposition and there there hasn't been one in North America since Expo '86, there have been several world's fairs held in Australia, Asia, and Europe. The previous world's fair to Expo 2010 was Expo 2008 in Zaragoza, Spain and the next ones are Expo 2012 in Yeosu, South Korea and Expo 2015 in Milan, Italy.

Have a question about Expo 2010 or world's fairs in general?

-Call us at +1-650-ASK-EXPO and leave a message. It may appear on The World's Fair Podcast. The phone line is open 24 hours a day.

-For more information about world's fairs, visit ExpoMuseum and The World's Fair Podcast.


Urso Chappell
1 June 2011

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