World Expo 2010 left Shanghai almost 19 billion yuan (HK$23.03 billion) out of pocket once construction costs are included, and organisers used nearly 13 billion yuan in bonds and loans to pay for it, an official audit report has revealed.Tuesday, 4 October, 2011, 12:00am
The dust is settling in Shanghai on the biggest World Expo in history, which ended on Sunday, and the demolition vehicles are ready to start tearing down the site. But it may take years before the city can truly judge the legacy of the mammoth six-month event.2 Nov 2010 - 12:00am
Six months of international festivities ended yesterday as Shanghai shut the gates on the biggest and most expensive World Expo in history.
Canto-pop stars Andy Lau Tak-wah and Leo Ku Kui-kei, and Hong Kong action star Jackie Chan were among the highlights of a 65-minute closing ceremony dominated by kitschy, mass-choreographed performances.1 Nov 2010 - 12:00am
With just three days left before the curtain falls on Shanghai's World Expo, the gargantuan fair park is becoming a bargain-hunter's dream.
Souvenir shops, illegal trinket hawkers and even ticket touts have been desperately slashing prices over the past few weeks in a scramble to offload surplus stock - to the extent that the park is starting to resemble a huge jumble sale.28 Oct 2010 - 12:00am
The first month's gate for the World Expo in Shanghai was 25 per cent below the organisers' initial target but they are confident of seeing a surge in visitors this month.
Slightly more than 8 million people visited in the expo's first month, so it will need to average more than 410,000 a day for the remaining 152 days to meet the target of 70 million visitors.2 Jun 2010 - 12:00am
Dozens of chief editors of mainland newspapers have gathered in Shanghai for a four-day summit on promoting the city's World Expo, local media reported.
The conference appears to be a crisis meeting to find ways to boost the event's visitor numbers, which are languishing at less than half the predicted figure.15 May 2010 - 12:00am
Tickets to the World Expo in Shanghai went on sale in convenience stores and supermarkets across the city yesterday, a move apparently aimed at kick-starting lacklustre interest in the multibillion-yuan fair.
The tickets are now also available in railway booking offices and even on express trains arriving at the city, local media reported yesterday.11 May 2010 - 12:00am
'You not only take away the little giggle you get while strolling in the park, but you lose a window into the Chinese mind'
Oliver Lutz Radtke, a PhD student in 'Chinglish' at the University of Heidelberg, on Shanghai's campaign to clean up inaccurate English translations on signs and menus
Background10 May 2010 - 12:00am
On Saturday, Shanghai opens the doors on what is billed as the greatest world's fair in history.
More than 70 million people are expected to walk through the gates during World Expo 2010's six-month run to marvel at pavilions from 192 countries and 52 international organisations.29 Apr 2010 - 12:00am
Shanghai authorities have ditched a high-profile promotional song for the city's World Expo following claims it was a copy of a 1997 Japanese pop song.19 Apr 2010 - 12:00am