Expo 2010

2010 Shanghai
Shanghai World Expo.svg
Expo 2010 logo
BIE-classUniversal exposition
CategoryInternational Registered Exhibition
NameExpo 2010
MottoBetter City – Better Life (城市,让生活更美好)
Area528 hectares (1,300 acres)
Coordinates31°11′39″N 121°29′11″E / 31°11′39″N 121°29′11″E / 31.194118; 121.486387
Universal expositions
PreviousExpo 2005 in Aichi
NextExpo 2015 in Milan
Specialized expositions
PreviousExpo 2008 in Zaragoza
NextExpo 2012 in Yeosu
Horticultural expositions
PreviousRoyal Flora Ratchaphruek in Chiang Mai
NextFloriade 2012 in official website
China 2010 Shanghai World Expo
Simplified Chinese中国2010年上海世界博览会
Traditional Chinese中國2010年上海世界博覽會
Simplified Chinese世博会
Traditional Chinese世博會

Expo 2010, officially the Expo 2010 Shanghai China, was held on both banks of the Huangpu River in Shanghai, China, from 1 May to 31 October 2010. It was a major World Expo registered by the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), in the tradition of international fairs and expositions, the first since 2000. The theme of the exposition was "Better City – Better Life" and signifies Shanghai's new status in the 21st century as the "next great world city".[1] The Expo emblem features the Chinese character 世 ('world', Chinese "shì") modified to represent three people together with the 2010 date. It had the largest number of countries participating and was the most expensive Expo in the history of the world's fairs. The Shanghai World Expo was also the largest World's Fair site ever at 5.28 square km.[2]

By the end of the expo, over 73 million people had visited – a record attendance – and 246 countries and international organizations had participated.[3] On 16 October 2010, the expo set a single-day record of over 1.03 million visitors.[4]


Early participation and hosting

Shanghai has been one of the main cities envisioned to host the expos for some time. Many scholars have written about the possibility and made suggestions in books. Unofficial participation in fairs outside China have happened since 1851. In 1910, the Qing dynasty decided to host China's first fair with the 1910 Nanyang industrial exposition.[5]

Selection process

Shanghai scored the highest in each of the four rounds of voting at the 132nd Meeting of the Bureau of International Expositions in Prince's Palace of Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco, with Yeosu, South Korea maintaining second place. Yeosu later won the bid to host Expo 2012, a three-month specialized world expo.

132nd Meeting of the Bureau of International Expositions[6]
3 December 2002, in Prince's Palace of Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco
City Nation Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4
Shanghai  China 36 38 44 54
Yeosu  South Korea 28 34 32 34
Moscow  Russia 12 10 12 -
Querétaro  Mexico 6 6 - -
Wrocław  Poland 6 - - -
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