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Cross cultural dialogue was a defining element of the 2010 Shanghai World Expo. The landmark event saw several historical cultural debuts, with many new art works being created for the occasion. Through its pageantry of performances and its array of art exhibitions, the Expo facilitated understanding and tolerance through culture.
The park's 200 pavilions highlighted the cultural identity of each participating country and organization.
Some of them portrayed traditional wisdom. The interlocking crown shaped wooden structure of the China Pavilion dates back over 2,000 years. The traditional Spanish craft of wicker basketwork was used to create the curves in the Spanish Pavilion. And the British Pavilion lured visitors in, with thousands of acrylic rods, showing the country's love for nature and science.
Nations displayed many treasures both old and new. One of the most prized exhibits in the China Pavilion was the 3D version of the Riverside Scene at Qingming festival. The famous Song Dynasty painting was animated, connecting the past with the present.
Denmark's Little Mermaid travelled out of its native home for the first time, to be the centerpiece of the Danish Pavilion. And a priceless set of 19th century masterpieces were displayed in the French Pavilion. Meanwhile the Czech Republic brought two Plaquettes of Good Fortune, originally installed on Charles Bridge in Prague.