This was the hostel we stayed at. Every time we came and went from the hostel, we had to cross a fairly busy street. This was when we realized that traffic lights and signs are not law, but more of a suggestion. Also, pedestrians never have the right of way, not even in a cross walk. It kind of felt like playing Frogger, but for real.
One of the first things Max and I did in Shanghai was go to the World Expo. This is me waiting in the security line. We felt a bit like cattle.
The first pavilion we went to was ours of course! I didn't care too much for the building. It felt too corporate, but they had some awesome HD digital projectors inside.
This was the little cartoon character that represented the Expo.
Max and I both bought one of these passports in the gift shop. In each pavilion we went to, we'd get a stamp. We collected about 65 stamps and we probably didn't even go to half of the pavilions. We couldn't go to very many European pavilions because the lines were so long for those and we just didn't have enough time to wait.
On each page of the passport, there would be a little illustration of one of the pavilions. There was only about 48 pages in the passport, so they couldn't give a page to each country. Above, you can see the USA pavilion on page 44, so we got the stamp for that pavilion on that page.
Israel had a page, so we got a stamp on that page too. Iran, however, did not have their own page, so Max and I tried to see if we could get Iran to stamp on Israel's page. They would not. The guy stamped on the next page, which was Italy. Max went on to make North Korea and Cuba stamp on the USA page.
Speaking of Iran, in their pavilion, Max and I were surrounded by a bunch of school kids. All the boys were asking Max for their picture with him and all the girls were asking for their picture with me. Max and I finally had to leave the pavilion as fast as possible because we were afraid people were going to start thinking we were some sort of celebrities and want their picture with us too. This happened to Max many more times. I think the Chinese people were awed by his height. Other people would just take pictures of us as we were walking by. There aren't too many foreigners in China and I guess because we look so different from them, they want pictures of us. It was kind of weird and I've always hated when I've accidentally gotten into a stranger's picture because I don't want them to have a picture of me. Well, that went out the window!
This was China's pavilion. Of course it was the largest and one of the only permanent buildings. Unfortunately, Max and I didn't know we needed a reservation to go inside so we didn't get to see it. We heard they will stay open. I guess it's kind of like a museum. So if I ever go to Shanghai again, I can still see it.
This was the UK's pavilion. I thought it was one of the most interesting-looking buildings. Max and I didn't get to go inside thought. Look at that line!
Denmark brought the famous Little Mermaid statue. It's never left Denmark and I read that they even had a debate in their parliament about whether or not to bring it. China wanted it though, so they got it!
This is Switzerland. They had a gondola on the roof that people could ride. This was another long line, so we didn't get to see inside.
In Mexico's pavilion, they had these masks, so Max and I took a few pictures. Some of the pavilions had restaurants with food from that country. Max and I were craving Mexican food and since Mexican food is non-existent in China, this was our only chance. It was pretty good.
We didn't spend our whole time in Shanghai at the Expo though. We went to the downtown area where all the cool buildings are. This one is called the Oriental Pearl Television Tower.
Max and I went to the 100th floor of the building that looks like it has a handle. It's called the SWFC, which stands for Shanghai World Financial Center. It was built in 2008 and it's taller than the Sear's Tower and the Empire State Building. We took a really fast elevator form the first floor the the 94th floor. I think it took less than a minute. It was so fast we had to keep popping our ears because we were ascending so fast.
You can see the Huangpu River and the Oriental Pearl Television Tower behind me. We were in a room right above the space in the building that makes it look like it has a handle, so the floor had glass panels in some places were we could see the streets and buildings below us.
Max and I were suppose to leave on a train to Xi'an on the night of May 16th, but when we got to the station only 5 minutes before the scheduled departure, they had already closed the gate. We were pretty mad at ourselves, but we were able to exchange our tickets for the next night and got an extra day in Shanghai.