Member since: 03 May 1993
Chinese participation in Expos dates back to the Great Exhibition of 1851 in London. Since joining the BIE in 1993, the People's Republic of China has become increasingly involved in Expos, starting with the organisation of Horticultural Expo 1999 in Kunming. Between 2003 and 2007, prominent Chinese diplomat and former President of the China Foreign Affairs University, Wu Jianmin (1939-2016) served as the President of the BIE.
China went on to organise World Expo 2010 in Shanghai, which remains the largest and most-visited Expo to date. Part of the former site of Expo 2010 Shanghai is now occupied by the World Expo Museum - the only museum in the world to be entirely dedicated to International Expos and approved by the BIE - which is set to open in 2017.
Continuing its active involvement participating in and organising Expos, China once again hosted a Horticultural Expo in 2019, in the district of Yangqing in Beijing.
Expo 2010 Shanghai
Pavilion typeSelf-Built Pavilion
ThemeBuilding a Community with a Shared Future for Mankind – Innovation and Opportunity
Architect(s)Construction Engineering Design Group Corporation Limited
ThemeFuture Energy, Green Silk Road
AwardSilver - "Theme Development" Category - pavilions larger than 700 m2
National Day05 Jul 2017
The theme of the Chinese pavilion at Expo 2017 Astana was “Future Energy, Green Silk Road”, through which the country introduced its advanced technology and visions of energy use and sustainable development. The pavilion’s content and message reflected China’s “Belt and Road” initiative to promote the sustainable development of Eurasian trade links and infrastructure.
Visitors were welcomed through the “Energy Corridor”, representing China’s energy past, ranging from a waterwheel from the Song Dynasty (960-1279) to the major energy contributions made by the Daqing Oil Field and the Dayawan Nuclear Plant.
The energy present was then introduced via a range of interactive exhibits dedicated to wind, solar, nuclear and water power. Simulators enabled visitors to travel on a high-speed train from China to Kazakhstan, while digital and electronic media allowed visitors to learn more about these forms of energy generation, their development in China and how new technology could enable more sustainable ways of living.
The following section, the “Energy Dream Theater”, represented the future of energy through an immersive 3D movie telling the story of a young girl’s search for new energy. The girl’s journey allowed her to discover the benefits of solar, water, and wind energy, before finally unlocking the power of nuclear fusion technology in the form of an “Artificial Minisun”.
China’s contribution to ITER’s nuclear fusion technology was then explained in further detail in the final section of the pavilion, in which models of the country’s leading energy achievements were also featured, including the Longyuan Wind Power Plant, an HPR1000 nuclear reactor, and an ultra-low carbon emission technology coal power plant.
ThemeLand of Hope, Food for Life
Architect(s)Tsinghua University & Studio Link-Arc
AwardBronze - "Architecture and Landscape" category - pavilions larger than 2,000m²
National Day08 Jun 2015
ThemeOne Ocean, One Home
LocationPacific Ocean Cluster
AwardGold - "Creative Display" Category - pavilions larger than 750 m2
National Day28 Jun 2012
ThemeChinese Wisdom in Urban Development
Architect(s)Mr He Jingtang
National Day01 Oct 2010
ThemeAncient Civilization Calls for Balance
National Day01 Jul 2008
ThemeNature, City, Harmony - Art of Life
LocationGlobal Common 1
National Day19 May 2005
ThemeChina yesterday, today and tomorrow
National Day23 Sept 2000