Where Fuwa Fear to Tread.

I promise that – in the run-up to Expo 2010 – I will not make a habit of Haibao posts [Haibao being the mascot for the 2010 World Expo]. But over the last five days or so, the roll-out of Expo 2010/Haibao-related material in Shanghai has been so rapid and massive, that I feel justified in writing one more post to supplement last week’s unexpectedly popular post on the same subject.

Now, I’m having a hard time keeping a straight face as I do this, but – for the record – it’s quite clear that Shanghai will be deploying Haibao in places, contexts, and circumstances wholly unfamiliar to the Blue Gumby’s Olympic predecessors, the much reviled Fuwa. For example, below, a photo taken of a newly erected construction fence outside of the Caoyang Road metro station this weekend. Hard to imagine the Fuwa being utilized in such a (presumably) inadvertant manner, much less dancing around giant digging machines:

After the jump, more photos of Haibao dancing with the diggers:

However, despite the obvious differences, Haibao shares at least one trait with his better-known mascot brethren: he, too, likes to party with T!betans in front of the Pot@la Palace. Below, a photo taken of a video playing throughout the Shanghai subway system:

2 comments

  1. Isn’t it great how Shanghai has embraced the message of safe sex. Dancing condoms for everyone! If only America were this open!

    …wait, it’s NOT about safe sex? I’m confused now.

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