A Typical Shanghai Expo Tour Itinerary

08/06/2010 Travel Expert
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I should continue the Beijing tours, however, I have been asked many more questions and suggestions about Shanghai expo tour, so I decided to share my Shanghai expo tour itinerary here for your reference and hope that it will help you a little bit.
Last week, I made a visit to Shanghai World Expo on my own. Although I had been Shanghai for several times, I still collected as much information as I could before the visit so that I would not waste any time and money. The information I focused on was: the Shanghai Expo transportation, Shanghai expo subway, Shanghai weather, Shanghai expo site location, Shanghai map, etc. I bought a ticket from a China Telecom service hall with the cost of 160 yuan.
Shanghai Expo Ticket

Shanghai Expo Ticket

There is the problem: how and where to buy tickets for the Shanghai Expo in Beijing

  1. Tickets can be bought in person by visiting a China Telecom service hall.
  2. Bank of Communications 
  3. China Post
  4. Official Expo Ticket Outlets

If you want to get the detailed location to buy a ticket, just leave your messages in the comment section or email me at: Advisor1@beijingholiday.com . You will get a quick reply within 24 hours.

My Shanghai expo day started at the early morning of May.30, because I was told that the there would be totally 300,000 visitors every day. Although Shanghai subway is convenient and no matter how convenient the Expo public transportation is, it is hard to tell while facing so large amount of visitors.

It was at 9:00 in the morning that I arrived at the Line No. 13 Subway station, which is the Shanghai Expo special Line for free with the presentation of the Expo ticket.

The line starts from Madang Road, which is an important transfer station for expo transportation, with stops from north to south: Danshui Road Station, Madang Road Station, Lupu Bridge Station, World Expo Park Station, Changqing Road Station. Passengers hold expo ticket and enter the expo park from Madang Road and leave from Lupu Bridge.

The free subway line takes you to the Pudong area, and if you want to Puxi area, you should take the line 4 to Xizangnanlu at a cost of 4RMB and then get off, where the entrance 2 is located.

In the entrance, I received an expo site map and a schedule table of expo cultural performances in both Chinese and English from a volunteer, which was greatly helpful, and it covered everything I wanted to know inside, including the locations of toilets, dining rooms, souvenir stores, information counters and pavilions as well.

Line up to enter the site

Line up to enter the site

After a 30-second safety inspection, I got a reservation ticket for China Pavilion for free when I checked in, which had the designated time on the ticket, and if you did not catch up, the ticket was no use. It was said that the tickets are given out in ten minutes when the park is just opened.

The theme pavilion in Pudong area include: Urbanian Pavilion, Pavilion of City Beijing, Pavilion of Urban Planet, Life Sunshine Pavilion and Pavilion of Public Participation. Although visitors can make a reservation for these pavilions in advance, I found that I had to visit each of them after a wait of few hours. You never expected to see all of them in one day, because so many people crowded in a pavilion. Every pavilion is showing its unique culture to visitors, how can you expect to experience culture in a hurry? In my opinion and experience, you never wait for the pavilions that need to queue for more than half an hour.

Paris Pavilion - crazy shows and fashion

Paris Pavilion - crazy shows and fashion

The sphere screen in Earth Pavilion was amazing. After waiting for an hour, I entered German Pavilion and it was really worth waiting. Italia Pavilion is fine too, more interesting than French Pavilion. Canada Pavilion disappointed me because Cirque du Soleil did not show up at all. US Pavilion looks not creative and special. Short movies were great. Do not miss it. I took shuttle bus to China Pavilion. The bus stopped at Expo Axis, very close to China Pavilion then. After that, we had a quick view on Vietnam, Burma, Korea and Iran pavilions.

Beautiful Views in Expo Site

Beautiful Views in Expo Site

After visiting these theme pavilions, I strolled around the Pudong area from Zone A to Zone C. It was hot and I was also exhausted, so needed to grab something in a snack stall and had a break.

Besides, performances are the best way to experience culture! In fact, the performances were the real attraction to me, especially performances of those westerners; it surely was the best way to experience the culture.

Cultural Performance in Expo Site

Cultural Performance in Expo Site

You should never miss the night view of nation pavilions in Pudong Area. I waited until the night to appreciate the fantastic night view at the sixth floor of Expo Culture Center, the Sunny Valley and the Expo Boulevard. All pavilions are turned into beautiful artwork through the decoration of colorful lights, which is so grand and gorgeous.

Night View of Shanghai Expo Site

Night View of Shanghai Expo Site

I did not rush to the Puxi Area, because I preferred to visit it in a couple of days, not this tour. If you are pressed for time, you should visit the entire expo site in one day.

World Shanghai Expo 2010 is a grand and festive occasion in the long and glorious tradition of the World Exposition. Just like one of my friends said “People around the world come to see China in Beijing Olympics, while to see the world in Shanghai expo.”