One of the places/events that I hope to visit in China this year is World Expo 2010 which is in Shanghai commencing on May 1st. It will run until the end of October.
When I was last in Shanghai I saw some of the preparations for this major event with the Expo site being on both sides of the Huangpu River. The statistics for this event are incredible - I don't intend to report on them here, but you can visit the website for more information. Expo 2010 website.
I well remember Expo 1988 in Brisbane - which of course was on a much smaller scale. There are 21 million people living in Shanghai and they have an enormous number of volunteers. 130,000 volunteers will be working in booths in the city, and 77,000 working on the site. I see that some of the volunteers are seniors with some up to 90 years of age.
Shanghai is only about 3 hours away from Shaoxing so we may be able to visit at the weekend. I do have a contact in Shanghai so if acomodation is too expensive or booked out, I have an alternative.
Also a friend (Australian) who was teaching in Yuexiu with us in 2008 is hoping to visit and it is hopeful that we can visit Expo together.
Time is running out and I have so much to do here in Brisbane before I go. I've yet to apply for my Visa. I was going to do that on Friday but I was called in to work as another teacher was sick.
My house sitting finishes this Friday so it will be back to normal, oh, except that now I am working in the morning. I will have to be at work by 7.30 am. Probably not too hard for me as I am an early riser, but still it will be a challenge. The bonus is that I will have afternoons free now.