Shanghai World Expo | urban snapshots

With less than 500 hundred days before opening, the 2010 World Expo site in Shanghai doesn’t feel like any other ordinary construction site in China; although a trained and experienced ‘construction tourist’ might sense a familiar pre-Beijing’08 Olympic odor filling the surrounding area. Exploring both expo areas along the banks of the HaungPu River, we ran into fences and walls, strolled over deserted plots of lands, climbed a small wall and faced the Chinese exhibition hall, still under construction.