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Africa - Expo Shanghai 2010

Africa at the Exhibition Expo Shanghai 2010
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The Africa pavilion is the largest collective pavilion at Expo 2010, with 43 independent sub-pavilions for 42 African countries and the African Union. The participants are the largest in the history of the World Expo.

The design of the pavilion's exterior surfaces represent the elements and vivid features of Africa: the giant lush tree symbolises the vitality of the African continent; deserts, animals and buildings sketch the diverse natural aspects of the continent and evoke an ancient continent full of vitality.

The pavilion also houses a collective exhibition and performance space consisting of a collective stage, a parade stage and thematic exhibition areas.

African Union Pavilion

At the entrance to the pavilion, a colossal primitive African sculpture and carved words contrast with a glittering model of the Earth; this image represents the important role of the African Union in environmental protection and the coordination of international affairs. The exhibition focuses on transport, facilities, schools, hospitals, national parks, infrastructure projects, the poor climate situation of the planet, and the significance of clean energy in the management of African cities,
their development and the improvement of people's lives.

- The central area of the round forum shows films on urban development, environmental protection and the use of clean energy in Africa.

- The arched corridor around the "Earth" presents the development of African countries, their urban evolution, their economic recovery and their cultural transmission.

Benin pavilion

The pavilion resembles both the Royal Palace of Abomey and the traditional TATA castle. It introduces the fishing boat as a design element and adopts local handicrafts and artworks to explain the urbanisation of the Benin countryside in our time. The interior of the pavilion is divided into a central exhibition space and a complementary space.

- The central area shows cultural landscapes, traditional houses, artworks and handicrafts from Benin including bronze reliefs, wood and ivory sculptures.

- The complementary space reveals the current situation of Benin's countryside and cities and reflects on "Interaction between cities and countryside".

Botswana Pavilion

The pavilion showcases Botswana's modernization journey and its charms as a tourist destination, a commercial centre and a place to live. The exhibition focuses on the country's natural resources, history, heritage, city and life. It also focuses on the influence of natural resources and cultural heritage on urban development.

- The pavilion showcases the country's tourism landscapes: the vast cattle grazing land, the diversity of animals and plants, the beautiful Okavango Delta and the rich mineral resources.

- Inside, visitors can admire the country's historical heritage, culture and arts: ancient architecture, sculpture, painting, music, song and dance.

Burundi Pavilion

The pavilion showcases Burundi's achievements in practicing sustainable development as well as the success stories of the capital Bujumbura and the countryside in terms of development and gain sharing. Composed of four functional areas, the pavilion presents the country's representative products and handicrafts, as well as offering exotic shows and coffee and cake tasting.

- Burundian actors will perform a typical Burundian dance.

- Visitors will have the opportunity to taste the country's coffee and tea as well as cakes from Africa's Lake Tanganyika.

Cameroon Pavilion

The pavilion's central design element is a giant tree; green, yellow and blue set the tone for the pavilion's open spaces to show the nation's naturalness, optimism and dynamism. The exhibition spaces create an atmosphere of the harmonious union of sky-land-human and show the city planning and the new aspect of civil housing development to develop the theme "Reshaping the Urban Community".

- A lush tree covers the entire pavilion, suggesting that Cameroon is giving more modern and romantic elements to the traditional community and reflecting the effective protection of the country's forests.

- The pavilion's simulated football pitch allows visitors to experience the pleasant urban life and passion for football of the people.

Cape Verde pavilion

The pavilion's entrance is the result of the simulation of Cape Verde's particular terrain. In the centre of the pavilion, a sunken sand tray shows the geography of Cape Verde. The entire pavilion tells the story of the history, culture, urban construction and future economic development of this small port country.

- Inside, one can discover the history, hear the waves, feel the sea breeze and experience the enthusiasm and romance of the country.

- Multimedia techniques showcase the charms of the "Creole Heritage" and tell of the intelligence of the people against the bad natural conditions.

Central African Republic Pavilion

The pavilion consists of the "Introduction Hall", the "Economy and Resources" area, the "Stage" area and the "Future of Central Africa" area. These spaces allow visitors to discover the ways of Central Africa and to showcase the driving force behind its urban prosperity and the good life of the city.

- In the Introductory Hall, visitors can get up close and personal with rare animals and the rhythms of the Pygmy.

- In the "Economy and Resources" area, you can see round-roofed houses from Central Africa, everyday objects made of cotton, coffee beans, precious wooden furniture, diamond-encrusted curtains and ornaments.

- On the wall of the "Future of Central Africa" area are photos of smiling children's faces.

Chad pavilion

The pavilion has the appearance of the Yardang relief, with thematic areas representing the idea of improving housing conditions through the harmonious development of man, city and nature. Films, multimedia devices, real objects and photos show the original natural landscapes and customs of Chad.

- The "Urbanism" section presents the urban situation in Chad directly, using the architecture of traditional houses.

- The "Economic Resources" section presents the urban development based on oil resources.

National products such as fabrics, jewellery and family ornaments are attractive.

Union of the Comoros pavilion

Fully simulating the relief features of the Comoros, the pavilion is divided into three exhibition areas: "The City", "The Volcano" and "The Ocean". The exhibition helps to get to know the rare species, the particular relief, the fruits of the country's civilisation and the good wishes for the harmonious cohabitation of man and nature and the sustainable development of the people.

- The "Old Friday Mosque" reveals the mysterious traditional construction and the traditional wedding of the warm-hearted inhabitants.

- The Karthala" draws the visitor's attention to the origins of civilisation, the resources of wild animals, as well as the unique features of the country's relief.

- The Ocean" shows the landscapes on the country's main islands.

Congo-Brazzaville pavilion

The pavilion shows a village near the city. It includes the areas "Historical and human aspects", "Economy and natural resources", "Art" and "Leisure interaction".

The main theme is a fairy tale about a little river fish saving his friend; the richness of natural resources, animal species, historical heritage and the fruits of modernisation are presented in order to express the best wishes for harmonious city-countryside interaction and good human-nature relations.

- At the entrance, a giant e-book suggests the sustained attention to education.

- The "Historical and human aspects" area has a train as a display vehicle, symbolising that Congo-Brazzaville is moving from the past into the future, into the world as a brand new country.

- The "Economy and Natural Resources" space has a cargo ship as an exhibition vehicle, symbolising a modern, open Congo-Brazzaville.

- Art" and "Leisure Interaction" showcase the fruits of the country's development and confidence by offering a leisure beach.

Ivory Coast pavilion

The simplicity of antique and the modernity of black set the tone for the pavilion. Surrounded by palisade and with exhibition spaces designed according to the habitat of the palisade tribes, the pavilion presents an Ivory Coast that combines fashion with the traditional particularity of the tribes. On this basis, a reflection will be made on the maintenance of cultural harmony and the proposal to preserve the national identity in the context of economic globalisation.

- The "Tradition" section presents the protection of heritage, examples of cultural transmission, the clash and fusion of diverse cultures, as well as the country's tourism resources and handicrafts.

- The "Economy" section reveals the current situation of the country's urban economy under the influence of modern culture.

- The "Environment" area develops the theme of harmonious coexistence.

Congo-Kinshasa pavilion

The pavilion takes on an abstract look, while its interior brings back the energetic primitive style of Congo-Kinshasa, creating a natural and simple setting. The main exhibition space develops the subjects "Impression" and "Return to the original state" around the bright, exaggerated and abstract colour deposits. The complementary exhibition space develops the subject "Development".

- Impression" shows, from the point of view of "resources", the geographical aspect and the historical context of the country with the help of words, photos and models.

- Return to the original state" shows, from the human point of view, the real living environment and customs of the country's inhabitants with the help of the real objects on display and the view scenes.

- Development" describes the course of urban development with the help of representative monuments and sculpted statues.

Djibouti pavilion

On one side of the pavilion is the traditional habitat of the Afar, a nomadic ethnic group; on the other side are the negotiation and leisure areas, which are linked by a bridge. This original housing construction seems to float on water. The top of the dwelling is covered with knitted ribbons, the sides of the side walls and the floor are decorated with knitted carpets, and the walls are decorated with paintings and handicrafts from Djibouti. Djibouti's customs, tourism resources and charms are presented.

- The pavilion's giant screen repeatedly plays documentary films about Djibouti.

- The pavilion provides Internet access. The inhabitants of Djibouti can see the traditional habitat of the pavilion, and visitors can communicate with them via the Internet.

Equatorial Guinea pavilion

The pavilion's "Coastal Landscape", "Energy Use and Development" and "Urban Future" areas show the past, present and future of the city and nature together, maintaining the city-nature harmony in the course of the urban development of Equatorial Guinea.

- In the space "Coastal Landscape", the statue of the Virgin Mary can be seen standing among the mountains and Spanish-style buildings hidden in palm and cocoa trees.

- The space "Exploitation and use of energy" presents the rapid economic growth of Equatorial Guinea.

- Urban Future" shows the prospects of prosperity for industry, agriculture, tourism and education in the country.

Eritrea pavilion

The pavilion presents above all the development of the infrastructure and social services of the harmonious city of Asmara and its satellite towns, the rich heritage, as well as the art of modern decoration. It reveals the harmonious urban development of Eritrea from the perspectives of social harmony, social justice, environmental protection, protection and use of historical heritage.

- One can admire Eritrea's rich and varied natural landscapes and marine biological resources, learn about its environmental transformation schemes, archaeological discoveries and the rehabilitation of ancient railways with posters, slides, films, archaeological finds, artworks and architectural models.

- Through this presentation, one can learn about the country's advanced environmental protection technologies and experience its harmonious and relaxing rural life.

Ethiopia Pavilion

The pavilion consists of three main areas: "Ancient Harar", "Coffee History" and "Eight World Heritages". They present the ancient civilization, the wisdom and the journey of Ethiopia's urban civilization and its tolerance towards the protection of cultural traditions and site remains.

- "Ancient Harar" allows visitors to discover architectures such as the oldest mosque in Africa and the former residence of the poet Rimbaud, as well as the life scene of the inhabitants of the ancient city of Harar.

- Under a local umbrella, you can enjoy the Ethiopian coffee festival.

- Eight world heritage sites are worth seeing.

Gabon pavilion

At the entrance to the pavilion, the red earth wall and the typical African plank structure are striking. The facades bear the famous reliefs of Gabon and the symbols of its provinces. The pavilion has three exhibition areas: "Rural Civilisation", "Urban Civilisation" and "Forest and Natural Resources". They highlight the concept of the total fusion of Gabon's cities and countryside through the presentation of the country's architecture, production, transport, humanism and environment.

- Rural civilisation" shows rural life, rural civilisation and in particular the evolution of Gabon's traditional habitat with the help of handicrafts, models of buildings, photos and videos.

- Urban civilisation" presents aspects of Gabon's modern cities through slides and multimedia videos.

- Forest and natural resources" shows the landscapes of the reserves, the rich bio-vegetal resources and the tourism resources of Gabon.

Gambia Pavilion

The entrance to the pavilion ingeniously copies the arched entrance to the city of Banjul, the capital of The Gambia, and welcomes visitors with warmth. Inside, it creates the "Natural Life" space and the "Urban Life" space to showcase the construction of Gambia's infrastructure and the means of creating harmonious human-nature relations in order to achieve the country's 2020 urbanisation goal.

- Entering the pavilion, the blue sea, boats, beach chairs and umbrellas are seen in the centre: the charms of Africa's coastline.

- The "Natural Life" area shows the ecological resources of The Gambia as a remarkable tourist country; it has both chimpanzee groups and extraordinary bird sites that have long been known.

- The "Urban Life" area displays the famous Jufulei village and James Island with its World Heritage statue symbolising the emancipation of slaves.

Ghana Pavilion

Referring to the symbolic monument of Ghana and its traditional habitat, the architect creates a pavilion with a colourful and vivid character of the country. Inside, the main exhibition space exhibits the urban features of West African Ghana, and the other space the idea of the country's urban development, the use and protection of ecological resources and the positive interaction between town and country.

- The entrance to the pavilion is decorated with original West African carved statues.

- The decoration of the pavilion's interior walls reflects the characteristics of the traditional habitat.

- A traditional Ghana will be discovered through the exhibition of tourism sites, industrial development, medicinal herbs, fabrics and jewellery.

Guinea Pavilion

The design of the pavilion absorbs the elements of the tower over the typical Guinea gateway, while inside, the colossal stone columns exude solemnity and solidity. In various aspects, the pavilion exposes the rich resources and varied natural environments of Guinea and seeks to explore the solution of combining resource exploitation and urban development in the hope of promoting urban development on the basis of environmental protection.
- The natural resources and culture of the four natural areas of Guinea are demonstrated through real objects, photos and films.

- The pavilion exhibits all kinds of sculptures, frescoes and handicrafts of national character.

- With the help of multimedia, solutions for urban economic development, ecological protection, rural-urban migration and poverty are presented.

Guinea-Bissau pavilion

The pavilion has a blue sky and white clouds as a background and exuberant coconut trees as decoration. The different exhibition areas show the past, present and future of the city dwellers of Guinea-Bissau, their problems, challenges and solutions, as well as their beautiful perspectives: liveable cities that are environmentally friendly, healthy, safe and allow everyone to enjoy nature and social resources and to achieve sustainable development.

- On the lawn in the centre of the pavilion, you can watch the country's folklore performances.

- In the food court, one can enjoy special dishes while admiring photos and videos reflecting exotic natural customs and landscapes.

Kenya Pavilion

The pavilion consists of four areas: "Manyatta" (hamlet), "National Park", "New Nairobi City" and "Old Lamu City". They focus on wildlife resources, fertile land with beautiful landscapes and the special character of the cities, and highlight the "sustainable development strategy" and the harmony between cities and nature, as well as the problems that have arisen during urban development.

- The "Manyatta" area presents all kinds of extraordinary artistic performances from Kenya.

- The "National Park" area allows visitors to learn about the harmonious coexistence between wildlife protection and the development of the city of Nairobi.

- The "New Nairobi City" area absorbs typical architectural elements of Nairobi and presents the characteristics of the city as a regional centre.

- The space "The old city Lamu" presents the harmonious coexistence between the coastal city Lamu and the constantly changing external environment.

Lesotho Pavilion

In the centre of the pavilion is a group of rural thatched cottages with the national character of Basuto, whose wall materials are all kinds of stones and earth, and whose roof materials are thatch. The traditional kitchen and household utensils provide a real scene of rural life. The central square is a place of free exchange, presenting the history, culture, economy and several projects under construction in the country. The theme of the pavilion is how the national culture is merged into modern urban life.

- In the centre of a thatched cottage, a statue of a Lesotho couple in traditional dress warmly welcomes visitors from all over the world.

- Streams connect the thatched cottages to the city. Display cases show the cultural background, dynastic history, historical monuments, cultural heritage, arts and musical instruments.

Liberia Pavilion

The pavilion takes water as a vital display element and represents a Liberia that brings together geographical uniqueness, natural beauty and the wisdom of the people. The three spaces "The Rainy Capital of Africa", "The Life of the People" and "The Strength of Women" show the world the joy and confidence of Liberia as it recovers all its sectors, resumes the path of peace and builds its future.

- The Rainy Capital of Africa" will guide the visitor into the unique geographical environment, the charming natural landscapes and the history of the country.

- The Life of the People" presents the efficient use of water resources by the hard-working and intelligent people in daily life.

- The Power of Women" presents President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf who led her people to end war unrest, and shows Liberia's efforts for peace.

Madagascar Pavilion

The pavilion seeks to reveal the culture, the particular urban landscapes, the modernity of urban life and the level of rural life in the urban neighbourhood of Madagascar, as well as the climate. It has three spaces: front space, side space and pedestrian space.

- The giant high-definition screen plays films revealing the national idea of the country.

- In the side area, the country's special silk manufacturing processes are admired.

- In the pedestrian area, visitors can move from the countryside to the city in no time, thus discovering two kinds of life.

Malawi pavilion

The pavilion showcases Malawi's experiences and solutions in urban renewal and the transmission of traditional culture, economic change and urban-rural interaction, environmental change and urban responsibility, and the unique aspects of Malawi: golden beaches, blue skies, clear lakes and wildlife. Modern urban civilisation will also be well represented.

- The Lake Malawi Park is listed as one of the most beautiful landscapes in Central and Southern Africa. The traditional boats docked on the lake shore and the African-style handicrafts will catch the eye of the visitors.

- The four cities Lilongwe, Blantyre, Zomba and Mzuzu represent the modern civilisation of Malawi, its experiences in improving the urban environment and passing on the cultural tradition, as well as its measures taken to improve the social and economic life of the city dwellers.

Mali pavilion

The pavilion picks the colours of the soil, the forests and the Niger River as its basic colours, gathers the works of totems well representative of the Malian culture, reviews the historical monuments of the country in order to demonstrate the culture, the arts, the handicrafts, the tourist resources, as well as the friendliness and the hospitality of the Malian people. The pavilion includes the "Artistic Treasure" area and the "Culture" area and others.

- Inside the mosque-shaped building, one can get to know the food production and culinary culture of Mali.

- In the "Culture" area, visitors can discover Bogolan, one of Mali's handicrafts, and all kinds of folk fabrics.

- The "Artistic Treasure" area allows visitors to admire modern Malian architecture and sculptures. It will demonstrate on site the process of making the handicrafts on site.

Mauritania pavilion

The pavilion creates the atmosphere of an ancient desert town. It consists of three exhibition areas: "Traces of the ancient city", "The impression of the city" and "The wisdom of the city". They show the civilisation of Mauritania with its Arab and indigenous character by means of an ancient desert city and a modern city Nouakchott.
- The space "Traces of the ancient city" provides an insight into the ancient architecture, its setting and its modes of production and life.

- The impression of the city" shows the aspect of the modern city Nouakchott.

- The wisdom of the city" shows the traditional tent of the desert region and the thatched cottage of the local people.

Mauritius Pavilion

Inside the pavilion, the blue of a country in the archipelago reigns. The space "The colourful island" and the space "The traditional habitat" show the new aspects of the country due to the protection of the historical heritage and the fusion of diverse cultures, around the four sub-titles: fusion of cultures, economic prosperity, new situation of the urban space and scientific and technological innovation.

- The "Colourful Island" space shows the history, biodiversity, modernisation, shipbuilding, ecotourism, and cultural diversity of the country.

- The "Traditional Housing" area offers a traditional dwelling surrounded by palm trees and sugar cane, which gives an idea of the simple way of life of the inhabitants of Mauritius.

Mozambique pavilion

The pavilion showcases the country's urban progress, regional development and intelligence in achieving sustainable development and defined goals. The pavilion demonstrates the unique landscapes and cultural ambience of Mozambique. Four areas of the pavilion are linked by the Zambezi River: a school, a small traditional house, a modern building and a hospital.

- Two of the country's most important public works projects, the Armando Guebuza Bridge and the Cabora Bassa Dam, are on display.

- A modern building located in a corner of the front part of the pavilion is a reception and information area.

- The school, the hospital and the traditional house showcase the original Mozambican architectural structures.

Namibia Pavilion

The entrance to the pavilion is dominated by a rock in the shape of an elephant, next to which stands a giant baobab tree. The pavilion has three sub-themes: "Exploration", "Discovery" and "Dream", which interpret the traditional way of life, the remoulding of the urban community, and the achievements of Namibia's nature and wildlife conservation.

- Visitors can walk through 11 major towns and regions of Namibia following the traditional style signposts.

- Typical Namibian sheds offer a place to rest and special local food.

- The pavilion is staffed by Namibians.

Niger Pavilion

Urbanisation is pushing Niger, a country with a long history, towards modernisation. The pavilion reveals the idea of urban development around urban policy, urban economy and urban form. The three exhibition spaces called "The Urban Pulse", "Cultural Masterpieces" and "Life Full of Vitality" ensure that visitors have an unforgettable journey to Niger.

- The "Urban Pulse" allows visitors to see the urban form, the urban resources, the city dwellers and the journey of urbanisation in Niger.

- The "Cultural Masterpieces" space decorates the white walls with blue totems, exuding something pure and sacred. Archaeological finds and exquisite handicrafts on display bear witness to Niger's 6,000-year-old civilisation.

- Life full of vivacity" shows the scene of agricultural production and animal husbandry.

Rwanda Pavilion

The pavilion shows the typical Rwandan architectural decoration and the new face of the city of Kigali, and also tells the story of how the country's intelligent people rebuilt their cities by overcoming all kinds of difficulties. Visitors can discover the great achievements of 15 years of the country, and the particular charms of Kigali.

- It is recommended to take a rest in the three kiosks in the centre of the pavilion to admire the landscapes of the city of Kigali.

- The exhibition of special Rwandan items such as tea, coffee and handicrafts.

Senegal Pavilion

The layout of the pavilion is modelled on the map of Senegal, adopting elements of the national flag. The pavilion mainly shows the new generation infrastructures, the special economic zones, the management of water, forestry and hygiene, tourism and handicraft and cultural industries, as well as Senegal's efforts in environmental protection and improvement of the economic and living environment.

- At the entrance to the pavilion stand simulated models of a ferocious lion and a giant baobab tree, symbolising the union of tradition and modernity in Senegal.

- Inside, a series of the country's construction projects can be seen, as well as the open and dynamic economy based on these works.

Seychelles pavilion

The pavilion draws its inspiration and design elements from natural resources and cultural heritage; in particular, it shows the harmonious development between nature and the city.

The three spaces are entitled "The Soul of Nature", "The Fantasy World" and "The City of Harmony" respectively.

- The "Soul of Nature" offers such a scene: an expanse of coconut trees, a rare species in the country, and the fresh breath of the sea.

- The fantastic universe" shows the typical Senegalese granite relief.

- The city of harmony" sketches a beautiful picture of the harmonious cohabitation of man and nature.

Sierra Leone pavilion

Orange dominates the pavilion, which is decorated with sheds, knitted carpets and stone pieces, all of which inspire the lively African style. The sea, the beaches and the village create a light and cheerful atmosphere, which shows the special living environment of Sierra Leone. The spaces "The beauty of nature", "Urban life" and "Urban development", present the situation of urban development and the reflection on building a better city.

- The beauty of nature" shows the geography, tourism sites and mineral resources of the country.

- Urban life" shows the life of the people by presenting the traditional living environment, handicrafts, clothing and folk music performance.

- Urban Development" shows the development of the countryside and cities during the rapid urbanisation of the country in recent years.

Somalia Pavilion

The pavilion is divided into large spaces but the dividing line remains vague. The blue and white tone and simple flowing lines contribute to the mysterious colour and modernity of the pavilion. By citing the city of Boosaaso, its important geographical position, its role as a crossroads of cultural exchange, and the influence of cultures on the cities of Somalia and in particular on the space and way of life of Boosaaso are presented.

- Clockwise, the pavilion presents the original civilisation, the geographical aspect, the beliefs, the exchanges with other countries and the implementation of the idea of sustainable urban development of Somalia.

- In the mysterious desert landscape, a camel model will appear later.

Sudan pavilion

The pavilion uses traditional elements and various exhibition media to give this ancient country a classical yet modern look. At the entrance to the pavilion, the architect adopts the traditional Sudanese architectural form which exudes majesty and nobility. The exhibition spaces 1, 2 and 3 showcase the significance of peace for the development of Sudan and the beautiful prospects of the country through the display of its history, peace-themed monuments and urban development achievements.

- Space 1 allows visitors to admire the paintings preserved by the Sudan Museum, handicrafts, urban landscapes and wildlife protection presented by multimedia devices.

- Space 2 uses multimedia to show short films about the history and beautiful views of the country.

- Space 3 shows that Sudanese masters will put colouring foam on your nails and embellish them with traditional designs.

Togo pavilion

The pavilion adopts the traditional architectural features of Togo and handicrafts representative of Togo's culture as decoration. The three exhibition spaces linked by a circular gallery show above all the evolution of the capital city of Lomé, the idea of urban construction and the experience of urban prosperity in order to study the problems of urbanisation in a developing country.

- On display in the pavilion are handicrafts representative of the country's culture, including carpets, paintings and masks and sculptures that breathe the land.

- Music by local artists fills the pavilion.

Uganda Pavilion

The pavilion has three exhibition areas: "The Rwenzori Range", "Lake Victoria" and "Kampala City". They showcase the rural landscape, the beautiful view around the lake, the charms of the city and reveal, among other things, the country's geographical and cultural diversity, cultural and religious tolerance, equality, social harmony and sustainable development.

- Rwenzori Range" shows the snow-capped mountain landscape and the endangered local animal: the mountain gorilla.

- Kampala City" shows Kampala's street scenes, public transport, wastewater management and environmental protection through murals depicting churches, mosques, local houses and rural landscapes.

Tanzania Pavilion

The colour of ebony, typical of Tanzania, sets the tone for the pavilion. The modern form of the pavilion, matched by the ancient stem eaves, explains the harmony between the country's urbanisation and nature. Three exhibition spaces: A central open exhibition space and two lateral open exhibition spaces. They showcase the country's urban life, art and civilisation with examples from the capital city of Dar Es Salaam and the remarkable site of Zanzibar.

- The central performance space displays the giraffe statue, the country's national treasure, and shows films about Africa's roof Kilimanjaro, the Special National Park and wildlife.

- The side areas display the traditional Zanzibar wooden gate, exotic handicrafts, as well as important urban construction measures.

Zambia Pavilion

The pavilion showcases Zambia's beautiful natural landscapes, challenges and solutions in urbanisation, presenting urban development and projects under construction. It is divided into three functional areas: "The Victoria Waterfall", "The City Plaza" and "The Lusaka Works".

- "The City Plaza" has a central screen to show the model of the city of Lusaka and the four different architectures: a red brick house, a group of simple and rudimentary dwellings, a commercial apartment building and a skyscraper.

- The large photo of the grandiose Victoria Waterfall draws attention to the presence of Zambia and the spirit of the Zambezi River.

Zimbabwe Pavilion

The outer form of the pavilion is a copy of a stone architecture, which makes one believe to be in the remains of a cultural site. The pavilion exhibits the realistic intelligence and civilisation of Zimbabwe around the countryside and the city and taking into consideration the style of a "stone city", using posters, videos and slides.

- At the centre of the pavilion is a sculpture "Zimbabwe Bird", the cultural symbol of the stone city and the pinnacle of the country's sculptural art.

- The giant light box shows the beautiful landscape of the Victoria Falls, which evokes the will to create a better life for the people.

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