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Ningbo to go to Expo Yosu, South Korea 2012
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The Expo Yosu, South Korea 2012 is to open from May 12 to August 12 in Yosu, South Korea. The theme of the expo is “Lively oceans and coasts—diversified resources and sustainable development”. The marine economy of Zhejiang has been updated to be a part of the state strategy. For Ningbo, an important coastal city of China and a core area of the demonstrative area of marine economy of Zhejiang, the Expo Yosu, South Korea 2012 is a very important event for the marine economy of Ningbo.

1, Brief Introduction of Expo Yosu, South Korea 2012 and China Pavilion

The expo is to last for 93 days. The theme of the expo is “Lively oceans and coasts—diversified resources and sustainable development”. It is estimated that about 8 million or 10 million people from over 100 countries and international organizations will visit the expo. At the approval of the State Council, the Organization Committee of the China Pavilion is set up jointly China Council for the Promotion of International Trade and State Oceanic Administration, which is to send a delegation of China to the expo.

The Organization Committee of the China Pavilion has invited 11 coastal provinces, cities and regions to be members of the delegation. Ningbo is only city that represents a province. Other 10 invited provinces, cities and regions all have their delegations organized by the provincial-level governments. According to the plan of the Organization Committee of Expo Yosu, South Korea and the Organization Committee of the China Pavilion, “Zhejiang Ningbo Week” is to open in the expo from July 21 to 23, 2012.

2, Purposes of Ningbo for the expo

The theme of the “Zhejiang Ningbo Week” is “To protect the oceans is to protect human beings.” With a series of activities, Ningbo hopes to promote the application work for Ningbo to be a host of marine-themed exhibition, to promote the development of the ocean economy in Ningbo and to promote the marine-themed conference and exhibition industry of Ningbo.

3, Major activities

In line with the theme, Ningbo is to make full use of available space of the expo and organize a series of activities like the opening ceremony of the “Zhejiang Ningbo Week”, the exhibition in the China Pavilion, artistic shows, tourism promotions, “South Korea-Ningbo Week” and an exhibition of paintings of children of China, Japan and Korea.

A. The opening ceremony. According to the arrangement by the Organization Committee of the China Pavilion, the opening ceremony of the Zhejiang Ningbo Week is to have such activities as speeches by authorities of Zhejiang Province, Ningbo Municipality and China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, announcement of the opening of the week by officials of Zhejiang Province and Ningbo Municipality, an artistic performance and so on.

B. The exhibition in the China Pavilion. In the China Pavilion will be a continuously shown 10-minute trailer of Ningbo,

publicizing the fishing culture, history and marine technologies of Ningbo and displaying the relation of Ningbo and oceans. The paintings of fishermen of Xiangshan County have been set as one of the elements for the China Pavilion.

In the 7-square m exhibition area for intangible cultural heritages, Ningbo will have some intangible cultural inheritors of Ningbo to display intangible cultural heritages specific to Ningbo.

C. The artistic show. In the comprehensive hall in the expo, Ningbo will organize a large scale artistic performance, to display the sea culture and the urban cultural construction of Ningbo. The performance is about 60 minutes.

D. The “South Korea-Ningbo Week”. This year is the 10 anniversary for the sister city relationship of Ningbo and Taegu. Ningbo is to host an activity called “South Korea-Ningbo 2012” as one of important activities for the expo. This activity aims to promote the exchanges and cooperation of the sister cities in trade and marine economy.

E. Tourism promotion. With the “Zhejiang Ningbo Week, Ningbo expects to promote the cooperation of China and South Korea in tourism.

F. The exhibition of paintings of children of China, Japan and Korea. According to the arrangement by the Organization Committee of the China Pavilion and China Commission of the Work of Children and Juveniles, Ningbo has started the program named “Oceans—Our Common Blue Home”, collecting paintings by children and juveniles. This program aims to have the children of Ningbo to express their knowledge, love and ideals of the oceans. Of over 600 works submitted, Ningbo has selected 100 as candidates for the Organizing Committee of the China Pavilion. So far, for the exhibition of paintings of children and juveniles of China, Japan and South Korea, Ningbo has 48 works selected as prize winners. Details of the exhibition will be announced soon.

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