From the Guadalajara Reporter
Jalisco Governor Emilio Gonzalez presided over the opening of the Mexico pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo on May 1, highlighting the key issues of sustainability and cooperation, in keeping with the event’s optimistic theme of “Better City. Better Life.”
“We have come to share our vision with the world, recognize the problems that humanity has and offer Jalisco’s and Mexico’s solutions to these problems,” Gonzalez said.
Several Mexican states have been allocated time slots to promote themselves at the Mexican pavilion. Jalisco (often said to be the most typical of the country’s states) kicked off the ball in traditional style to the sound of mariachi music and the elegant movement of folkloric dancers. This privilege was given to Jalisco because of its sister-state agreement with the province of Shanghai.
The Mexico Pavilion features a Kite Forest combining colorful kites and green grass, representing the ideas of future urban life as advocated by Mexico. The site will mostly be an open area with an exterior grass slope that creates a large green public space, which embodies ecology, environment protection and peace.
A Journey through the History of Mexico
The pavilion will showcase the past, present and future of Mexico, which can also be interpreted as the history, culture and dream. In the "past" area, three large screens will display Mexico's history and ancient civilization; the current situation of major Mexican cities will be introduced in the "present" area; the "future" area, namely the "kite forest area" on the green slope, will show Mexico's main projects of sustainable development via the interactive touch-screens.
Authentic Mexican Cuisine and Mexican Handicrafts
In addition a restaurant covering an area of 400 square meters will be open in the pavilion. Visitors can enjoy authentic Mexican cuisine, including tacos, burritos, chili, tequila, among others. Apart from that, there will also be a store where traditional Mexican handicrafts can be found.
Mexico at Expo 2010
Mexico Pavilion at Expo 2010 Shanghai