World expo, Shanghai:
On November 18, 1999, the Chinese government officially decided that Shanghai would bid for the 2010 World Expo. With support from home and abroad, Shanghai won the bid on December 3, 2002, at the 132nd General Assembly of the International Exhibitions Bureau.
The world exposition is for the first time being hosted by a developing country,creating a record for itself. Beijing Olympics overall cost: 4.2 million. World expo, Shanghai: 42million. Expected visitors: 70 million. Cab drivers trained to speak English, about a 1000 new cabs. The entire city tidied up-an understatement-for the big event, also taken into consideration is the convenience-and inconvenience-of the residents of the city. The plethora of events being conducted inspires even as it slaps you across the face that Mumbai was supposed to be the next Shanghai- and at the current rate Shanghai is pacing ahead, we have to work really hard to get anywhere close.
The staggering improvement made by China has overwhelmed everyone round the globe, Indians especially- I’m very specifically included. The target which they have taken and the way they’ve gone about achieving it is par excellence. China has caught the eye of the world- read as the developed countries. It has made a clear and strong statement by hosting the world expo, that too with such poise and élan.
Simply put,China has walked the talk,and in a big way!