Fortunately, the four days in Shanghai this time were cloudy with some breeze, so it was relieving that the kind of heat and humidity that I experienced back in 2003 did not exist. A friend of mine in Shanghai told me that one week ago, the weather was deadly hot, so I suppose I was quite lucky. But, this meant that all the worries about visitors suffering from heat wave were real (see a news article, 'Shanghai Expo braces for heat wave'). Even the cooler weather that I experienced still made me sweat while walking around the site. I have to say there were not much to see, unless you are 'really' interested in those fancy-looking pavilions, which are going to be demolished fairly soon, once the Expo nears its conclusion. Visitors would have to enter each pavilion if they are to have any unique experience, but then, the huge number of local Chinese people visiting the site meant that non-VIP visitors were to normally wait in a very long queue for quite some time.
To prevent people from being hit adversely by the unbearable heat while waiting in queues, the Expo organisers seemed to have come up with a rather unusual measure - a cool, moisturised air blow that switches on every few minutes (see the picture below). At first, I was caught unexpected when this first struck me while walking past another queue. It looked like some sort of hot-air disinfectant that I used to see during my childhood, but then, I quickly realised what it really was. Yet, it somehow does not make me feel comfortable, and I'd prefer not to be exposed to this...
Some small facts. One piece of Belgian waffle is sold at 40 yuan outside the Belgian pavilion. Not a realistic price for normal Chinese tourists. Also, the metro service between Madang Street station and the Expo site is free of charge. I am not sure if any other countries would be as generous... Well, I have not visited many pavilions, hence not many pictures of them. Just a couple of them below...
|Inside Belgian Pavilion (I was lucky to get a VIP pass...)|