When I was visited in Shanghai back in 2010, I had the opportunity to walk around the Shanghai expo site. Although the expo had finished 2 weeks earlier, it was a good chance to see all the colourful/unique buildings without all the crowds. My mate's girlfriend was the manager of her countries pavillion, and managed to get me a security pass (offically I was there to help dismantle commercial displays, but unofficially just to have a walkaround).

Just in the European section, the pavillion of Croatia.

All the pavillions (except for the Chinese one) were in the process of being dismantled/demolished. This is the Argentinian one being diassenbled.

Welcome? Another of the pavillions sealed off prior to demolition.

Can you guess which country this pavillion is for? The UK ! Apparently the 'hair' on the building was fibre-optic like cables, and lit up the building inside.

The Dutch pavillion was very cool. Now surrounded by a blue fence ready for demolition.

The French pavillion.

The Polish pavillion being dismantled.

The Spanish pavillion was covered with wicker panels, on a large steel skeleton/frame.

The colourful Serbian pavillion (Spanish pavillion again on the left).

The Finnish pavillion was based on a viking ship.

The Aussie pavillion. It was shaped like Ayers rock, with a exposed/rusted iron shell. Note the row of carlton gold.

Some PLA soldiers at the Thai pavillion.

The NZ pavillion had a roof with native plants (both fake and real) and polystyrene rocks.

The NZ Pohutakawa 'tree' (i.e. man-made), courtesy of Weta studios' in Wellington.

The Chinese pavillion was quite imposing at about 15 stories high, and the only structure that will remain on the site. In the foreground, a pedestrian bridge is beginning to be dismantled.

One of the three big 'funnel' type structures. Apart from looking cool, these massive strctures served no real purpose, and were dismantled after 6 months of 'use'.

The Saudi pavillion. Saudi is quite a closed society (e.g. almost impossible to get visa's for westerners), so shooting through the fence was my go at a bit of metaphor. Reportedly cost $US200 million to construct, and will be shipped back and reassembled in Saudi.

Some photogenic debris.

At the Nepal pavillion.

The South Korean pavillion was very photogenic, and also a good example that although alot of the buildings were very impressive, they were only designed to last 6 months.

South Korea 2.

South Korea 3.

At my other 'home' pavillion, the UAE. The main building in the background.

It was designed to resemble a sand dune, and it actually looked pretty close to one.

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