UPDATE: We’ve compiled a list of the top 10 things you should see at the Shanghai World Expo 2010.
If you are planning on going to the Shanghai World Expo 2010, you are in for a treat! It is a spectacular event that is making international history with the sheer size, money and effort put into the fair. There are a few things you should know before going:
1) Get tickets early
It can be hard to find tickets, so make sure to secure them early. I recommend the main branch right outside the subway line near XinTianDi.
2) Get there at 8:30am
Expo opens at 9 and official reports say to wait until 10 to beat the traffic. But the lines are the shortest from 9-10 and you can knock off some big pavilions that will have 2-3 hour lines later in the day.
3) You might want to consider a night ticket
Trying to stay from 8:30am to 12am might kill you and your feet. We stay most of the day until about 7pm and then are getting a separate night ticket to see all of the expos at night by just walking through the park and not going inside any pavilions at that time.
4) Do not bring water
They do not allow you to bring liquids inside the park. You can buy when you get in, but do not spend more than 5 kuai on a bottle of water (the Coke stands offer water for 3 kuai).
5) Eat inside the pavilions
Many of the pavilions offer great snacks and meals for not too high a price. You really get some great local flavors and get to experience the pavilions in whole new ways if you eat in their cafes.
*We love the The Czechoslovakian Pavilion’s restaurant.
*The Cambodia Pavilion also has nice mango smoothies inside.
6) Eat small and frequently
There are two reasons for this: One, it is so hot and exhausting you want to stop every 2 hours for a refreshment break. Two, it helps you sample a few different countries.
7) Bring a hat and umbrella and sunscreen
It is hot and you are in direct sun a lot.
8) Cherry pick
You really cannot see all of them, although we have seen about 80% of the pavilions and we still have another night and day to go. We did this by going to the most popular pavilions in the morning and the less popular ones in the afternoon (avoiding long lines and being outside in the sweltering heat).
It is an amazing place! Go with patience and an open mind and you will see wonders of the world.