Expo 2020

From 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022, Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, served as the host city for Expo 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the United Arab Emirates, the date was rescheduled from October 20, 2020, to April 10, 2021. Despite being postponed, the name Expo 2020 was retained by the organizers for marketing and branding reasons. Over 24 million people visited the event over its six-month run. On November 27, 2013, the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) general assembly in Paris selected Dubai as the event’s host.

A 438-hectare (1083-acre) tract between the cities of Dubai and Abu Dhabi, close to Dubai’s southern border with Abu Dhabi, served as the major site of Expo 2020 Dubai. The American firm HOK created the master plan, which was structured around the Al Wasl central square and three sizable thematic areas. One of Expo 2020’s sub-themes, Opportunity, Mobility, and Sustainability,” was the focus of each one. Orascom and BESIX built the infrastructure for the 4.38 km2 Expo 2020 site. An emergency centre was at the location, complete with an isolation room, an emergency treatment area, ambulances, and helicopter services.

China Pavilion

The lantern represents happiness and good fortune in Chinese culture, and the nation is now projecting this positive energy onto Expo 2020. The lantern-shaped China Pavilion provides an informative historical tour of Chinese ingenuity, which also features a massive “moveable type” wall that converts into a digital light show at night. The Pavilion displays tens of thousands of years of Chinese technology and culture. There are countless innovations to discover in this region, from the world-changing inventions of ancient China, like the compass and gunpowder, to the country’s contemporary advances in artificial intelligence.

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China Pavilion_©Courtesy of Expo 2020 Dubai UAE

10 Facts About the China Pavilion

  1. One of the largest expos: At 4,636 square meters, the China Pavilion was the biggest at Expo 2020 Dubai. The China Pavilion was created under the idea of a “combination of the Chinese and Western cultures with Chinese culture at the core,” and it represents hope and a promising future.


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China Pavilion_©Courtesy of China World Expo Pavilion

2. An amalgamation of the traditional culture of China with modern-day architecture:

It fuses elements of modern architecture with traditional Chinese elements. It was created following the idea of “contrast between Chinese and western tradition, with Chinese culture as the basic.”


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3D Conceptual view of China Pavilion 2020_©Courtesy of Expo 2020 Dubai UAE

3. The Light of China: The stately yet vivacious China Pavilion was inspired by the literal shape of a traditional Chinese lantern: a monumental center column made of stacked square red blocks topped with gleaming gold, encircled by an airy, curved outer wall decorated with a geometric pattern resembling the latticework found in Chinese windows.


The Light of China_©Courtesy of Global Times (https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202110/1235655.shtml)

4. The Futuristic Vibe: The Pavilion’s layout highlights both current and forthcoming ground-breaking breakthroughs while also showcasing the nation’s technological advancements and inventions. The building is constructed in the shape of a cylindrical lantern, and the inside passages transport one to a completely different futuristic experience. The corridors have various motifs that, taken together, give off a time-traveling sense and function as the pavilion’s liminal areas. These threshold areas provide users with a sense of sequentiality similar to that of a spaceship that transports them from one location to another.


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Corridors inside the China Pavilion_©Courtesy of Expo 2020 Dubai UAE

5. “Building a community with a shared destiny for humanity, creativity, and opportunity”: China’s pavilion will highlight the country’s innovative scientific and technological advancements in the fields of information, science, and technology, as well as transportation. It will also promote the “Belt and Road,” 5G technology, artificial intelligence, and the idea of creating a society with a shared future for all people. It will go into further detail about China’s vision of innovative development and show off the new prospects China has brought to the globe through advancements in technology and education. Through the Expo, China has been prosperous in fostering collaboration, opening up, and managing development. China will also discuss its experiences, subsequent communication, and collaboration with the UAE and other Expo participants.


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Technology and Innovation (China Pavilion)_©Courtesy of Expo 2020 Dubai UAE

6. Smart Experience: The pavilion also displays the improvements China will make to its infrastructure in the future. The goal of this Expo Pavilion is to promote development that is much more intelligent. There are numerous small-scale city model prototypes displayed in the exhibit. Along with these models, a plethora of additional items is on display in the exhibition to demonstrate the nation’s entire potential and its advancement toward a brighter future. According to the Tencent Group’s deputy general manager of marketing and PR, their technologies, which include gesture identification, speech recollection, smart retail, and writing robots, among others, will be on display at the Chinese Pavilion. These technologies show how relationships and creativity will shape science and technology in the future.


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Smarter Future (China Pavilion)_©Courtesy of Expo 2020 Dubai UAE

8. The light show of the China Pavilion: The China Pavilion hosts a breathtaking drone-based light show that illuminates the Expo 2020 nights. The program, which is supported by Chinese drone manufacturing technologies and the Beidou Navigation Satellite System, reportedly draws enormous crowds of watchers each night. The China Pavilion’s light show, which was produced by 1,312 LED shiners and 150 drones, illuminates Expo 2020 Dubai at night.


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Light Show (China Pavilion)_©Xinhua

9. Robot “Opti”, a prominent feature of the China Pavilion: China’s Terminus Group, an official premier partner of Expo 2020 Dubai, opened the gateway gate on January 10 to commemorate China Day for the international expo. The company’s orange robot mascot, Opti, was there to greet the guests. According to the firm, the organization has brought 150 Titan Series robots and 50 Optis robots to the expo to help guests in a variety of situations.

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Robot Opti’s welcoming the visitors (China Pavilion)_©chinadaily.com.cn

10. Opportunity District: China Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai is situated in the Opportunity district. Official events, cultural performances, and an economic and trade conference were all scheduled for the China pavilion. Additionally, the China pavilion organized a variety of cultural events, displays of intangible cultural assets, and youth exchange programs. Ancient Chinese inventions such as papermaking, gunpowder, the compass, and portable printing were featured in the Chinese pavilion. Additionally, it included windows with traditional Chinese tracery and glass decorations.

11. China Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai received over 800,000 visitors: Since it opened to the public on October 1, 2021, the China Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai has welcomed more than 800,000 visitors from all around the world since its National Day. The China Pavilion has served as a window to learn about China’s technological accomplishments and commitment to a more connected world under the theme of “creating a community with a shared destiny for mankind—innovation & opportunity.”

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People visit the China Pavilion of Expo 2020 Dubai in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, Oct. 1, 2021_©xinhua
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Photo taken on Oct. 1, 2021 shows the opening ceremony at the China Pavilion of Expo 2020 Dubai in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates_©xinhua

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China Pavilion: A symbol of hope and a bright future

Expo 2020 Dubai UAE

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Chinese tech amazes visitors at Expo 2020 Dubai.


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China Pavilion in Expo 2020 Dubai receives over 800,000 visitors!

By Xinhua

Published: Jan 12, 2022

Available at: https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202201/1245713.shtml?id=11

China Pavilion’s light show lights up the Dubai expo

By Xinhua

Published: Oct 05, 2021

Available at: https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202110/1235655.shtml


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