If you missed the World Expo in 2010 and you intend to visit Shanghai, do you know that you still can have a taste and glimpse of the Expo?
Yes. Some pavilions from the World Expo held in Shanghai in 2010 has not been dismantled yet. Even the official gift shop there is still open for business. If you would like to take some pictures of the pavilions itself, you still can go there though most of the interior exhibits have been removed. For example, the China Pavilion is still there and serves as a exhibition center and other events.
Some time back, Regine and myself went there to have a look and toured the Picasso Exhibition held at the China Pavilion. The immediate thought that struck me was the irony. Italian masterpieces being displayed in a pavilion that is suppose to represent the best of China? It was just like the first time I went to the Forbidden City in Beijing. Some of the exhibit and national treasures were proudly displayed as "Exhibit sponsored by American Express ". Anyway, that is a separate thought all together.
The moment we got out of the metro station, we were swarmed with touts asking us to buy expo memorabilia, fully stamped expo passports and cheaper tickets to the exhibit.
One tout followed us for a good one hundred yards. Another offered a fully stamped Expo passport for only RM10. Despite their eagerness to close the sale, we ignored them and bought the tickets from the booth.
Sorry, no photos of the Picasso exhibit as we are not allowed to take pictures inside. However, I managed to see a few people standing in front of the masterpieces and copying/drawing the same thing. One of them was quite and elderly lady and she probably did it out of interest, what she close was really close to the real thing!
Overall, I would say it is a fairly good day trip. A place I would recommend still for all the shutterbugs out there.