Shanghai's Executive Vice-Mayor Previews Much-Anticipated Shanghai World Expo

- Largest Expo to date launches photographic exhibit in Toronto to attract visitors -

TORONTO, Nov. 26 /CNW/ - Today, Mr. Yang Xiong, Executive Vice-Mayor of Shanghai previewed the Shanghai World Expo 2010 and launched a Shanghai Expo-themed photographic exhibit in Toronto to attract more visitors from Canada. Expo Shanghai, which will run from May - October 2010, will be the largest expo to date and its organizers expect more than 600,000 visitors from North America.

Mr. Yang Xiong, Executive Vice-Mayor of Shanghai and Mr. Hong Hao, Director-General of the Bureau of Shanghai World Expo Coordination were joined by Michael Chan, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration (Office of the Premier) and Peter Foncesca, Minister of Labour (MPP), for the official ribbon cutting to launch the photo exhibition. Set to run in Toronto between Dec. 1 and 7, 2009, debuting at the Sheraton Centre Toronto, the photographic exhibition brings to its Canadian audience general information about Expo Shanghai, the history of the World Expo and background on China's history with the Wold Expo, as well as an introduction to the Bureau of International Expositions.

Organized by the Bureau of Shanghai World Expo Coordination, the organizer of the 2010 Expo event, jointly with: the Canada Shanghai Business Association; 2010 Shanghai World Expo Overseas Promotional Office; China National Tourist, Toronto Office; and Tian Bao Travel, Expo Shanghai's authorized ticketing agent in Canada, a series of World Expo 2010 Shanghai-themed photographic exhibitions will be held across the Greater Toronto Area and other Canadian cities from December 2009 to May 2010.

To date, 242 countries and international organizations have confirmed their participation in Shanghai World Expo 2010, including Canada. A staggering 70 million visitors are expected to visit the Expo from home and abroad. With an estimated budget of 28.6 billion yuan ($4.18 billion CAN), the site of Expo 2010 covers an area of 5.28 sq km, spanning both sides of the Huangpu River - four times bigger than the 2005 Archi Expo, twenty times bigger than the 2008 Zaragoza Expo and twice the size of the country of Monaco. With the theme of "Better City, Better Life", Shanghai World Expo 2010 will be held from May 1 to Oct. 31, 2010.

In addition, more than 50 projects from Chinese and international cities have been selected by an International Selection Committee to exhibit in the Urban Best Practices Area of the Expo Site.


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