The most difficult task for visitors of the 2010 Shanghai World Expo is deciding where to begin exploring. With over 200 exhibitions covering more than five square kilometers it is impossible to see everything unless you literally had weeks to wander through the essentially endless exhibits.
Naturally, you would want to visit the sites that best represent their individual countries as well as the spirit of the Expo. Being held in China, the Expo of course partnerships most visitors into the Chinese pavilion. Along the Oriental Crown in the Chinese pavilion, below is a recommendation of the top ten must-see pavilions. These are only a tiny fraction of the marvels you can find, but they are good places to start.
The Dutch Pavilion is one of the most cheerful out of all the attractions. In fact, it is called "Happy Street" and it is intended to be enjoyed by visitors of all ages. Indeed, adults and children alike will enjoy this whimsical pavilion composed of 26 small elevated houses. Each one is constructed on stilts, with no central entry point. Visitors are allowed to wander in and out from all directions to examine this fantasy view of the Dutch city life.
The France Pavilion is dubbed The Sensual City and it shows the sights, sounds and the feel of France. The highlights here are the gardens, fountains, flowers and food that demonstrate the glamorous aspects of France. The central area is an aquatic environment with beautiful fountains and features floral fragrances of the French.
The British Pavilion is considered to be one of the most creative representations of city life. It consist of a vast series of walkways where visitors get a glimpse of the unique way the English blend nature into their urban areas. One of the main themes here is conservation and it contains a display of the largest collection of wild seeds in the world. There are also many references to the rich history of the United Kingdom.
Without a doubt, the most expensive and most extravagant exhibition is the Saudi Arabia Pavilion. This is a re-creation of a desert paradise entirely suspended in the air. It is an Arabian oasis complete with coconut trees, sand dunes and other iconic desert symbols. The theme here is "The Vitality of Life" and it is represented in a uniquely elaborate manner.
The Japanese Pavilion offers a look at extensive cultural heritage, combined with modern technology. The basic theme here centers on the way humans interact with their technological creations. This exhibit is filled with robots and other fascinating devices designed to advance and enhance human lifestyles.
The Indian Pavilion is an expression of the ways that people can develop their cities in harmony with the environment. It is based in a large dome that requires no outside energy sources and is completely emission free. The dome itself is actually constructed from bamboo and is the largest in the world. The design resembles the famous Taj Mahal, featuring red and tan color schemes in the Hindu temple style.
The Italian City of Man pavilion has already been voted as one of the top ten most romantic pavilions at World Expo 2010. Fine art is a centerpiece of the Italy pavilion, including Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and Raphael's Three Giants of the Renaissance. The Italy pavilion also features staff wearing unique Prada designs, never before seen paintings by Caravaggio, and tapestries worth more than 50 million euros.
The Danish Welfairytales pavilion is a stunning double circle housing the Little Mermaid sculpture. Never before displayed outside of Denmark, the Little Mermaid can be seen at the edge of a man-made lake modeled after the Copenhagen harbor. Free bicycles in the Denmark pavilion make it possible for you to ride by the Little Mermaid surrounded by a model Danish city created specifically for World Expo 2010.
The Austrian Feel The Harmony pavilion blends red and white porcelain and houses a moving tribute to the popular Princess Sissi. Princess Sissi's Portrait is an exhibition dedicated to the love story and elegance of her life. Yet instead of mere pictures and art, Austria has selected an actress who looks identical to the Princess to provide a living version of Princess Sissi's Portrait through the World Expo 2010 and encourages visitors to pose with her for pictures.
Nepal's Tales of Katmandu City pavilion was handed by 350 Nepalese families who worked for more than two years to create exquisite carvings and a towering pagoda. This pagoda, known as Shakyamuni's Sarira for its luminous crystalline appearance, is being promoted as a place of meditation and peace for World Expo 2010 visitors. The folk houses surrounding Shakyamuni's Sarira are also filled with performers and artisans who invite you into the cultural richness of Nepalese life.
Why waste time at World Expo 2010? Get the most out of your World Expo 2010 visit. Go directly to Italy's Three Giants of the Renaissance for art and romance, and visit Denmark's Little Mermaid displayed for the first time internationally. Pose for your own version of Princess Sissi's Portrait in the Austria pavilion, and find peace again at Nepal's Shakyamuni's Sarira.
Once again, these are just starting points and are only a few among the hundreds of exhibits you will want to see.