China to preserve some of best pavilions of Shanghai expo

China is considering to preserve some of the best pavilions at the just-concluded 2010 Shanghai World Expo.

Last Updated: Nov 11, 2010, 18:35 PM IST

Beijing: China is considering to preserve
some of the best pavilions at the just-concluded 2010 Shanghai
World Expo; however fate of the unique Indian stall is unclear.

"According to our bidding report and relevant
regulations of the International Exhibition Bureau, the expo
pavilions will be dismantled," said Yu Zhengsheng, Secretary
of the Shanghai Municipal Committee of the ruling Communist
Party of China.

"But if some countries are willing to donate their
pavilions to the expo`s organisers, and if we believe those
pavilions are worthy of being preserved, we`ll talk about
that," said Yu, who is also the first deputy director of the
expo`s organising committee.

The chances of the Indian pavilion, which was built on
the Sanchi Stupa style to be preserved were not high as the
pavilion has already been handed over to the Indian contractor
who has all the rights over it, Indian officials said.

Yu said most of the countries will dismantle their
pavilions, but some hoped their pavilions could be preserved
and the expo`s organisers were discussing their proposals.

"We have organised experts to give evaluations about
those pavilions to decide whether they have the value and
possibility of being preserved," he said.

Yu said "value" means the pavilions` appearance and
structure, and "possibility" means whether the buildings`
foundations and structure are strong enough.

"More than 10 pavilions have the possibility (of being
preserved)," he added, without giving further details.

According to the expo`s organisers, several pavilions
had been built as permanent structures at the very beginning,
including the crown-like China Pavilion, the seashell-shaped
Expo Culture Centre, the Expo Centre, five pavilions of
different themes and the Expo Axis.

The expo was visited by 73 million people. About 189
countries and 57 international organisations built pavilions
to show case their cultures and practises.

PTI