Expo was one of the things we had planned to visit before we even arrived in China. Since it ends at the end of the month, we knew we had to get along to see it all soon. Unfortunately, a few other people had the same idea. Actually, more than a few. 1.03 million other people had the same idea. Sigh.
This is the China pavilion. Not even the Chinese people I spoke to bothered to go to that one. The queue was hours long – and that was when people had a ticket! This is one of the iconic buildings of Expo, on a lot of the advertising, and one of the few buildings that will remain standing after the show ends.
Queuing up and feeling like cows in a dairy waiting to be milked. Luckily, we were at the fast entrance and it only took us about fifteen minutes to get through. Others at the main entrance said it took more than an hour. Security, as always in China, was pretty tight, with x-ray machines and metal detectors. Only this time, people seemed to actually care what was in someone’s bags or what was setting off the metal detectors.
At the other end of the Australia pavilion. Another Aussie couple saw us trying to hunt down a couple of seats, so saved theirs for us. We managed to rest a while with a couple of Pure Blonde beers – almost like being back at home.
So that was Expo. We’ve seen it, have no need to ever go back. To ANY Expo. Anywhere. Ever again. It wasn’t just the crowds, we agreed that it’s just not our thing. But we are glad we went to this one.