We have finally reached the last entry for day three. Even I myself am surprised by the volume of photos and videos I took at the Shanghai Expo!

You can read my earlier entry on my visit to the Coca-Cola pavilion HERE and my entry on our pavilion hopping in the morning HERE.

In the evening, June, Walter, Riki-san and I continued to visit the Singapore pavilion and the South-East Asia pavilion area.

The Singapore pavilion was surprisingly popular. It took us around half an hour to queue to get in. However, the interior was a little disappointing as more than half of the interactive installation were all damaged.

We also had to queue to get from point to point. The Singapore pavilion is the only pavilion where we encountered such a regimental approach where there were staff hired to bark at people to get in queue. Tourism should be a pleasant experience where one is free to roam and explore what he or she is interested in. In this respect, the Singapore pavilion failed to impress.

The pavilion was also loaded with too much facts and figures about Singapore – ranging from our demographics composition to the number of “world number one” we achieved. Boring.

To be fair, the video featuring our local talents, JJ Lin, Tanya Chua, A-Do and Stephanie Sun was enjoyable to watch. Riki-san enjoyed it and so did I. The sky garden also provided a bird’s eye view of the Expo area.

The Singapore pavilion was popular - we queued for half an hour to get in

The Singapore pavilion was popular – we queued for half an hour to get in

It was drizzling, but many braved the rain - how touching!

It was drizzling, but many braved the rain – how touching!

One of the few working installation in the Singapore pavilion

One of the few working installation in the Singapore pavilion

The outside of the Singapore pavilion

The outside of the Singapore pavilion

Water fountains

Water fountains

Two pretty performers in the Singapore pavilion

Two pretty performers in the Singapore pavilion

The two pretty ladies alone

The two pretty ladies alone

Another two performers who look Malay

Another two performers who look Malay

One of the many damaged interactive installations

One of the many damaged interactive installations

Watched a video featuring JJ Lin, Tanya Chua, Stephanie Sun and A-do

Watched a video featuring JJ Lin, Tanya Chua, Stephanie Sun and A-do

The Singapore pavilion level one

The Singapore pavilion level one

We have to queue from point to point in  the Singapore pavilion

We have to queue from point to point in the Singapore pavilion

Typical Singapore - walls lined with facts, figures and numbers about Singapore

Typical Singapore – walls lined with facts, figures and numbers about Singapore

More of the same

More of the same

View from atop the Singapore pavilion

View from atop the Singapore pavilion

The sky garden in the Singapore pavilion

The sky garden in the Singapore pavilion

Bird's eye view of the Expo from the sky garden

Bird’s eye view of the Expo from the sky garden

Some tropical plants in the sky garden

Some tropical plants in the sky garden

People strolling through the sky garden

People strolling through the sky garden

Me in the sky garden

Me in the sky garden

Gift shop at the Singapore pavilion

Gift shop at the Singapore pavilion

The Singapore pavilion mascot - "Liu Lian Xing" (durian star, really)

The Singapore pavilion mascot – “Liu Lian Xing” (durian star, really)

A whole area dedicated to selling plush toy of the mascot

A whole area dedicated to selling plush toy of the mascot

Walter and I looking gay with the "Durian Star"

Walter and I looking gay with the “Durian Star”

Taste of home

Taste of home

Singaporeans taking our pledge to our nation

Singaporeans taking our pledge to our nation

Thai pavilion with the signature Thai architectural look

Thai pavilion with the signature Thai architectural look

A wider view of the Thai pavilion, taken from atop the Singapore pavilion

A wider view of the Thai pavilion, taken from atop the Singapore pavilion

Malaysia Number One! The Malaysia pavilion.

Malaysia Number One! The Malaysia pavilion.

Brunei pavilion

Brunei pavilion

Cambodia pavilion

Cambodia pavilion

Indonesia pavilion

Indonesia pavilion

The Philippines pavilion

The Philippines pavilion

From Southeast Asia, we moved on to the African Joint Pavilion, the European pavilions and other pavilions along the way to our end point – the China Pavilion.

The joint pavilions felt like a combination of giant pasam malam cum NATAS fair. There are many booths selling all kinds of trinkets and souvenir items from around the world. It feel it too commercialised and did not stay there long. If you are starved for time during your Expo visit, you can skip the joint pavilions.

Outside the UK pavilion, we encountered a performing group dressed as Elvis Presley, singing and dancing while pretending to clean up the area. There are lots of such roving performers around and they help to liven up the atmosphere.

Joint African pavilion

Joint African pavilion

Lithuania pavilion

Lithuania pavilion

Giant giraffe figurine in the joint African pavilion

Giant giraffe figurine in the joint African pavilion

The joint pavilion is like a giant pasar malam - you can skip them if rushing

The joint pavilion is like a giant pasar malam – you can skip them if rushing

Ethiopia booth

Ethiopia booth

Spotted a performing group dressed like Elvis outside the UK pavilion

Spotted a performing group dressed like Elvis outside the UK pavilion

Elvis cleaning company

Elvis cleaning company

Singing and dancing

Singing and dancing

Riki-san and me outside the UK pavilion

Riki-san and me outside the UK pavilion

Another picture of the UK pavilion

Another picture of the UK pavilion

There were many free water points like this within the Expo area

There were many free water points like this within the Expo area

The Netherland's quirky pavilion

The Netherland’s quirky pavilion

Italy pavilion

Italy pavilion

Side view of the Italy pavilion

Side view of the Italy pavilion

Inside the New Zealand pavilion

Inside the New Zealand pavilion

I actually sneaked into the New Zealand pavilion via the exit stairs

I actually sneaked into the New Zealand pavilion via the exit stairs

Full view of the New Zealand pavilion

Full view of the New Zealand pavilion

Luxembourg pavilion

Luxembourg pavilion

Closer look at the unique shape of the Luxembourg pavilion

Closer look at the unique shape of the Luxembourg pavilion

Australia pavilion

Australia pavilion

UN pavilion

UN pavilion

WTCA pavilion

WTCA pavilion

The Red Cross pavilion

The Red Cross pavilion

Devnet pavilion

Devnet pavilion

It was time for dinner. June had a craving for spicy food. Hence we headed to the Thailand pavilion to check out the food offering there. Practically all the country pavilions offer their local cuisines at the gift shop area. Hence if you are a foodie who is keen to savour food from around the world, the Expo is a good place to do so.

I ordered a plate of Phad Thai (Thai fried noodle) which tasted quite yummy. The price is a bit steep by local standard at RMB50 per plate. That works out to around S$10. However, that’s about the average price of a meal in most places within the Expo area. We also ordered Coca-Cola to go with our meal of course. 🙂

We had our dinner at the Thai pavilion

We had our dinner at the Thai pavilion

My dinner - Phad Thai

My dinner – Phad Thai

After dinner, we headed further for the China Pavilion. We passed by some other pavilions along the way, but it was the magnificent China Pavilion that left us awe-stricken.

The Hong Kong and Macau pavilions flanking its side were beautiful too, but cannot match the size and grandeur of the China Pavilion.

Themed on Oriental Crown, Splendid China, Ample Barn, Rich People, the pavilion seeks to reveal an ideal that is deep-rooted in Chinese culture.

It’s a pity I didn’t get to visit the China Pavilion due to time-constraint. In order to get in, one has to register for a queue number immediately upon entrance whereby a timing will be allocated for you to join the ever sprawling queue.

Nonetheless, the China Pavilion is a permanent fixture and will remain open to tourists after the end of the Expo. Hence one can still visit it when in Shanghai any time of the year.

Pakistan pavilion

Pakistan pavilion

Part of the Expo Cultural Centre

Part of the Expo Cultural Centre

Passed by the Expo Cultural Centre on my way to the China pavilion

Passed by the Expo Cultural Centre on my way to the China pavilion

It's a long stretch...

It’s a long stretch…

The centre is really huge

The centre is really huge

The grand China pavilion which I didn't get to visit due to our tight schedule

The grand China pavilion which I didn’t get to visit due to our tight schedule

The roof is constructed to shield the queuing crowd from the sun

The roof is constructed to shield the queuing crowd from the sun

Grid pattern on the wall

Grid pattern on the wall

The entrance

The entrance

Me in front of the China pavilion

Me in front of the China pavilion

Giant bronze statue in front of the China pavilion

Giant bronze statue in front of the China pavilion

Macau and Hong Kong pavilions

Macau and Hong Kong pavilions

Hong Kong pavilion

Hong Kong pavilion

Macau pavilion

Macau pavilion

The majestic China, Hong Kong and Macau pavilions – Part 1:

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The majestic China, Hong Kong and Macau pavilions – Part 2:

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After all the pavilion-hopping, it was time for the other highlight of the day – the Coca-Cola Shanghai Expo Celebration Concert in conjunction with the global brand’s 124th birthday!

We had to take a ferry to cross back to the Puxi area where the concert was held. There are free shuttle buses and ferries available to move from point to point in the Expo area. I find that a very thoughtful gesture by the Chinese authorities. The ride across the Huangpu River was quite scenic at night and we all enjoyed the gentle night breeze too.

For the concert, many big stars were involved, including China’s Jane Zhang (张靓颖), Hong Kong’s Jacky Cheung (张学友), American-born Taiwanese singer Wang Lee Hom (王力宏), super hot Taiwanese boyband Fahrenheit (飞轮海) and Somalian singer K’naan.

Coca-Cola got to be one of the only brand in the world capable of pulling so many famous act together in a single concert.

I was left star-struck for the evening even though I am not much of a celebrity groupie. The ending World Cup theme song, Wavin’ Flag, sung by K’naan, Jacky Cheung and Jane Zhang, etched a really deep impression on me. So much so that I still find myself humming the song now and then.

Following that, there was a short birthday song for Coca-Cola sung by all the artistes present, including the “Brrrr-Man”, Baruti. We headed back to our hotel to rest then.

Free shuttle bus services

Free shuttle bus services

Ferry view at night

Ferry view at night

The bridge will keep changing colour

The bridge will keep changing colour

Tall buildings everywhere

Tall buildings everywhere

The Pudong-Puxi ferry ride at night:

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As a finale, we attended the Coca-Cola Shanghai Expo concert which featured many famous celebrities in the Chinese entertainment scenes like Jacky Cheung, Jane Zhang (张靓颖), Wang Lee Hom and Fahrenheit.”

Fahrenheit who performed the opening acts:

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Popular Taiwanese boy band, Fahrenheit warming the crowd

Popular Taiwanese boy band, Fahrenheit warming the crowd

Fahrenheit greeting their fans

Fahrenheit greeting their fans

Another closer shot for the Fahrenheit fans

Another closer shot for the Fahrenheit fans

The trio from Coca-Cola’s Expedition 206 with Fahrenheit:

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Fahrenheit and Expedition 206 trio performing welcome poses together

Fahrenheit and Expedition 206 trio performing welcome poses together

Another picture

Another picture

“Music Man” Wang Lee Hom performing with the creatures in Coca-Cola’s Happiness Factory:

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Wang Lee Hom closer shot

Wang Lee Hom closer shot

One of the mascots looking adorningly at Lee Hom

One of the mascots looking adorningly at Lee Hom

Another picture of Wang Lee Hom for his fans

Another picture of Wang Lee Hom for his fans

“Brrr-man”, Baruti – Part 1:

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“Brrr-man”, Baruti – Part 2:

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"Brrr-Man", Baruti on stage

“Brrr-Man”, Baruti on stage

Baruti and Jane Zhang

Baruti and Jane Zhang

Jacky Cheung, Jane Zhang and K’naan singing the Chinese version of Wavin’ Flag:

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There were really waving flags

There were really waving flags

Jacky Cheung, Jane Zhang and K'naan sharing the stage with Baruti

Jacky Cheung, Jane Zhang and K’naan sharing the stage with Baruti

Bringing out the cake for a finale birthday song

Bringing out the cake for a finale birthday song

The concert ended on a euphoric note

The concert ended on a euphoric note

My parting shot as the crowd disperse

My parting shot as the crowd disperse

All in all, this was the most eventful day of my trip to Shanghai with Coca-Cola. It was definitely a day to remember for me, for many years to come and I sincerely would like to thank Coca-Cola for the wonderful experience they have given me. 🙂

Great trip; wonderful itinerary; VIP treatment; met many fun people; attended a world-class concert; seen pavilions from around the globe; what more can a blogger ask for?

My previous posts on Shanghai with Coca-Cola:

Shanghai Expo with Coca-Cola – A Preview

Day 1 – Arrive Shanghai, The Bund

Shanghai Expo Express (my paper travel story)

Day 2 (morning) – Coca-Cola’s Global Innovation & Technology Center, Bloggers Confernce

Day 2 (evening) – Xintiandi, meeting Expedition 206 crew

Day 3 (morning) – Coca-Cola Pavilion Launch, Puxi

Day 3 (noon) – Shanghai Expo, Pudong

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