Construction began on May 8,2009 on Macao's Expo pavilion. It has been designed to look like a rabbit lantern sitting under China's national pavilion.
The Macao pavilion will be covered by a double-layer glass membrane and fluorescent screens. Kinetic balloons will form the head and tail of the "rabbit." In Chinese mythology, the jade rabbit welcomes visitors to a magical fairyland.
Zhong Yanqun, fulltime deputy director of the World Expo 2010 Shanghai Executive Committee, said the groundbreaking of the Macao pavilion shows the great importance Macao's government and people attached to the Expo. It will deepen the cooperation and exchange of Macao and Expo Shanghai.
She hoped the Macao pavilion and its UBPA case "Tak Seng On" will be a bright spot at the Expo.
The artist's rendition of the Macao Pavilion at Shanghai World Expo. [Xinhua]
Ieong Pou Yee, director of the office for Macao's participation at the World Expo 2010 Shanghai, said Macao will continue doing its utmost to prepare for the Expo and will showcase the city's culture, economic and social conditions to the world with high technology.
More than 150 people attended the ceremony including Macao legislators, NPC Macao members, businessmen, and International Chamber of Commerce officials.
Tam Pak Yuen, Secretary of Secretariat for Economy and Finance of Macao. and Gao Yan, Deputy Director of Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in Macao, also attended.
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