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Caribbean Community - Expo Shanghai 2010

Caribbean Community at the Exhibition Expo Shanghai 2010
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This collective pavilion includes the pavilions of Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Caribbean Community, Caribbean Development Bank, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, etc.

Antigua and Barbuda Pavilion

The Pavilion has a chiselled roof and columns. Inside, there are three exhibition areas: "Sea Turtle Bay", "Dama Dama Way" and "Black Pineapple Court". Through videos, music, reproductions and activities, the Pavilion presents the culture, history and daily life of the people of Antigua and Barbuda. The pavilion space is surrounded by frescoes. In a joyful atmosphere, an image of a developing country based on ideals and high standards of living is presented.

- The "Sea Turtle Bay" is famous for the hawksbill turtles, which is one of the representative signs of Antigua and Barbuda. The touch screen installation presents the habits and customs and offers festive costumes for visitors to take souvenir photos.

- Dama Dama Way" displays a museum about the traditional sugar factory, while presenting history and new developments.

- The "Black Pineapple Courtyard" is surrounded by tropical plants. The films shown in this exhibition area present this country today.

Bahamas pavilion

Beach frescoes, artificial coconut trees and the white beach outside the pavilion create a typical Bahamian coastal landscape. Inside, two sailboats rest on a diagonal line and the central area between the two boats is painted with a map of the Bahamas. An open gallery connects with the tail of the boat. It presents the history of Bahamian shipping. With various means of demonstration, the Pavilion presents the natural landscape, the customs and habits, as well as the evolution of urban development.

- The Pavilion presents the past, present and future of Nassau, the capital of the country, through films and photographs.

- Its landscapes in different areas are shown on the big screen.

Barbados Pavilion

With its beautiful landscapes, Barbados is called the "Spa House of the West Indies". Through exhibitions of objects, models, pictures, films etc., the special natural landscape of Barbados and the prosperous development of its economy and culture are presented.

- With its long duration of sunshine, Barbados is famous as a "sun-rich" country. The sun is thus a very important exhibition content of the pavilion.

- Surfing with sports plates, travelling to the bottom of the sea with an underwater ship are two of the favourite things for visitors to Barbados. The relative exhibition will make you want to visit the beautiful landscapes.

- As a "cane country" of the world, Barbados presents a special experience to visitors.

Belize Pavilion

"The Big Blue Hole of Belize is one of the most attractive diving spots in the world. "The Big Blue Hole of Belize presents the history of Belize and stimulates curiosity and imagination. The "palm tree" at the entrance to the pavilion creates a special island landscape. "Forest Products", "Mayan Heritage" and "Seafood" are the three exhibition areas that showcase the beautiful sunny beach, the rich natural resource and the special culture.

- Belize was the ancient main residence of the Maya. The "Mayan Heritage" area presents, with its special arrangement, the traditional culture and carving technique.

- The "Forest Products" area presents overhead projections and animal specimens from Belize.

- The beautiful blue background wall brings back the sea animals and customs.

Caribbean Community Pavilion

The Caribbean Community is an organisation for regional economic cooperation in the Caribbean. The headquarters of its secretariat is in Georgetown, the capital of Guyana. The pavilion has a distinctive shape and subtle arrangement. The emphasis is on the presentation of the natural landscapes and economic successes of the 15 member countries of the Caribbean Community.

In different ways, the coastal scenery with blue sky and blue sea, the lively and grandiose modern harbours, the splendid handicrafts, the smiling faces of children. All this is dressed in Caribbean style.

- The joyful and hospitable events of Junkanoo: the actors reflect the history and traditions of the Bahamas.
and traditions of the Bahamas.

- The straw-knitting crafts are so good you can't put them down.

Caribbean Development Bank Pavilion

The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) was officially established in 1970, with its headquarters in Bridgetown - the capital of Barbados in the West Indies. Its main purpose is to promote the coordinated growth and development of the economies of member countries in the Caribbean region, to foster economic cooperation and regional economic integration and to provide grant assistance to developing countries in the region. The pavilion is concise and atmospheric in style, presenting the life situations of the people in the Caribbean region, the past, the present and the future development orientation of the bank.

- The photos in the pavilion mainly present the life situations of the inhabitants of the Caribbean region through the effect of light and shadow.

- The pavilion is divided into a resting area and a negotiation area.

Dominica pavilion

The form of the pavilion is simple, dominated by the colour green. The exhibition areas are divided into 5 parts: "multicoloured life", "ecological driving force", "multicoloured country", "rest and entertainment area" and "working area". They present, from various angles, the exploitation and long-term plan of clean energy, while expressing Dominica's hope to develop clean energy, establish environmental and ecological cities and villages, in order to show an ecological and harmonious country.

- A roofless pavilion design harmonizes the exterior and interior space.

- Small bridges, low windmills, thatched houses etc. show the green and ecological natural landscape.

Granada Pavilion

The pavilion is built by imitating the shape of the famous pomegranate-nutmeg spice. The winding structure forms a gallery to enjoy the landscapes. The infrastructures and meeting rooms are located in the central area. The evolution of Grenada's urban development is presented and the valuable experiences of a small island in the protection of rural traditions and in the interaction between town and country are told.

- The red "nutmeg petticoat" exhibition area presents the products of the mini chocolates and the luxury event costumes through the transparent exhibition parts.

- The pavilion presents the groceries, art products and landscape of a Caribbean-style island country.

Guyana Pavilion

Through a rich series of exhibits, the Pavilion aims to share its experience, exchange innovative ideas and envisage future urban development. The exhibition areas are: "The Time Tunnel", "Natural Resources in Guyana" and "Helping Guyana Modernise", etc.

- "The Time Tunnel" presents Guyana's cultural heritage, through documentaries that show the lives of the local people and the successes they have achieved.

- The famous Iwokrama Canopy drawbridge is a highlight of the "natural riches in Guyana" section. This bridge is considered a gift from Guyana to the world. Walking on this simulated bridge, you can feel the charm of life in the forest and countryside.

Haiti Pavilion

The entrance to the pavilion is a square in the shape of a daub heart. The idea came from the geographical map of Haiti (the surrounded set of islands looks like a heart), which signifies the aspiration of the local people on a good life. The pavilion has chosen the theme of demonstration on an axis "Citizens - cities - global cities". The three exhibition halls are "People's intelligence", "Exotic landscapes" and "Historical culture".

- Visitors can take part in the "daubing competition". On a recyclable board, they can draw their understanding of Haiti.

- The exhibition area "the intelligence of the people" uses photos and objects to show "the Palais Sans Souci", "the old castles" and "the historical park of Ramiers".

- Through the various means that bring back one of the most fun cultural activities - the Jacmel carnival - visitors can feel the hospitality and intelligence of the people of Haiti.

Jamaica Pavilion

Jamaica is located in the Caribbean Sea region, its varied landscapes are concentrated in the small pavilion. The design of the pavilion is ingenious, the shape is special, a small pathway runs through the entire exhibition area bypassing the small house, the wooden door, the corridor, the partition, etc., and gives a fantastic feeling to visitors. Passing through the palm trees and re-entering, visitors can see the various pictures, videos and models along the trail to get a deep insight into the Jamaican style.

- Jamaica is also called the "land of the blue mountains", in the pavilion, visitors can learn the secret of blue mountain coffee, and enjoy the unique culture of blue mountain coffee.

- The capital, Kingston was destroyed in 1907 due to a major earthquake, the reconstruction tour sufficiently shows the intelligence and perseverance of the people of Jamaica.

St Kitts and Nevis pavilion

Fortresses, trains, beaches, food... St. Kitts and Nevis has a rich and varied culture. The pavilion consists of four parts: "World Cultural Heritage", "Sugar Train", "Cardinal and French Capital", "Entertainment Experience Zone". These various means present the accumulated experiences on urban development in this beautiful country.

- The Brimstone Mountain National Park is an exemplary case of a military architecture of the Caribbean Sea. Through the exhibition area of "World Cultural Heritage", one can get to know this well-known fortress better.

- In the exhibition area "Sugar Train", the narrow tracks for transporting sugar canes are special and impressive.

- The "Cardinal and French Capital" area presents the special urban landscape at the time of the cardinal in Basse Terre, the French-style capital.

Saint Lucia Pavilion

The pavilion is made up of local style architecture. The two pavilions with pavilion roofs, the large pictures of the coastal landscape make you experience the country. Photos, videos etc. tell the story of the evolution of urban development and explain the interaction between tourism development and urbanisation.

- Specially prepared exhibitions tell the story of the life of the people of Saint Lucia.

- Through the visit, one can learn about the efforts made by the people of Saint Lucia for sustainable urban development.

St. Vincent and the Grenadines Pavilion

The exterior of the pavilion is an imitation of 18th century brick and tile architecture. The door is arched and the old lampshades are decorated with tropical plant motifs. The interior of the pavilion is in the tropical style: the floor decorated with imitation pebbles, the imitation tropical plants make you experience the tropical jungle. The painting gallery and the multimedia demonstration present the rich natural tourist resource, while expressing its call for the development of ecological tourism.

- Two painting galleries show the habits and customs of the country

- Visitors can appreciate, through photos, the extraordinary landscapes, such as the volcano, the waterfall, the jungles, the gardens, etc.

Suriname pavilion

The pavilion has taken the form of historical houses and courtyards with an ethnic style. With the exhibition areas "Amazon Rainforest", "Totem Columns" and "El Dorado King" etc., the multimedia presentations, objects show the cultural art, beautiful natural environment and urban life of long history of Suriname.

- The totem columns are made by sculptors in the Surinamese style.

- At the end of the stream in the courtyard, the running water is in golden brown colour. The sculpture of King El Dorado rests here.

Trinidad and Tobago pavilion

The pavilion is mainly designed in the form of a curve, arched door, arched wall, arched partition, etc., with a brightly coloured flag, which is quite dazzling. In the pavilion, six video zones are arranged, sheltered by arched plates, titled with the names of some big cities: Spanish Port, San Fernando and Chaguanas etc.

- The video programmes present the beautiful landscape of the Caribbean island city.

- In the pavilion, there is a rest area where visitors can taste the delicious local food and drinks.

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