A week into Expo 2010’s [that is, the Shanghai World’s Fair’s] six month run I posted my ‘Simple Guide‘ to visiting the sprawling event that came down to one directive: go after dark. Much of that guide and advice was based upon visits during the construction phase, the soft opening, and two impromptu visits made during the sparsely attended first week. Since then, much has changed, both at the Expo (people are showing up, for example), and in my head (a dozen or so Expo visits, both as a member of the media, and as an unabashed Expo enthusiast, will do that).
So, on that basis, I’m going to offer a revised, updated Shanghai Scrap Guide to the Expo (though I continue to stand by most of my first wave advice). These recommendations are intended for people like me: people who have traveled a bit in their life, don’t find much novelty or exoticism in Western Europeans, and don’t have a desperate compulsion to spend six hours in line to see, say, what the Germans cooked up. Not that there’s anything wrong with Germans, or their take on national exhibition design. It’s just that, all things considered, I’m not six-hours interested, and neither are most of the people I know. In fact, if there’s one thing that I want to emphasize to my valued readers, it’s this: DON’T WAIT IN LINE FOR ANYTHING. There’s nothing – NOTHING – at Expo 2010 worth more than ten minutes of idling (with one notable exception – which I’ll get to). Now, don’t get me wrong: Expo 2010 is worth several days of your time. I’m just saying that, all things considered, those days are best spent seeing all of the things that don’t require you to stand in line. So let’s get down to business. Continue reading