Country Pavilions of 2010 Shanghai Expo
So far, a total of 192 countries and 50 international organizations have confirmed participation at the 2010 Shanghai Expo. Each country will have their own pavilion, in which they can present their country to the rest of the world. A global battle has begun as to who will have the biggest and best pavilion, but ultimately it will be the visitors who decide. Obviously all eyes are on China芒鈧劉s pavilion since it"s the host country. The pavilion, designed by Chinese architect He Jingtang, is the highest building on the site at 63 metres tall. Also known as 芒鈧搕he crown of the East芒鈧? the structure has a unique roof made of traditional brackets (dougong), whose use dates back to 2000 years ago. The design features on the striking building are extremely symbolic and represent a wide facet of Chinese culture. The building has been criticized by some for being too symbolic, especially since the Expo is a global event and not everyone meticulously understands China芒鈧劉s history and culture. Though the meaning of the structure芒鈧劉s finer details may get lost by international tourists, the pavilion is an impressive feat nonetheless. While in general, most countries have been investing huge sums of money and time into creating eye-catching pavilions, certain countrie芒鈧劉s pavilions have been creating more international buzz than others, such as the US, Spanish and the German Pavilion.