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China's Shanghai Expo 2010 – by the numbers

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(Read caption) The China Pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo site in Shanghai, in this March 21 file photo. Shanghai unveils to the world on Friday its multi-billion dollar Expo.

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With its Shanghai World Expo opening Friday, China is unveiling its second mega-global gathering in two years – as well as another set of world record-breaking figures.

Here’s a by-the-numbers look at what China is calling its “Economic Olympics.”

China beckons

Expected visitors: 70 million

Population of Shanghai: 20 million

Countries participating: 191

Countries in the world: 191-195, depending how you count

Total groups participating: 246

Height of Chinese pavilion: 207 feet

Height of the next tallest pavilion: 69 feet

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Breaking new ground

Size of Expo grounds: 5.3 square kilometers (2 square miles)

Times the previous Expo, held in Spain in 2008, could fit into the Shanghai Expo grounds: 20

Soccer fields that could fit inside the expo grounds: 1,000

Households bulldozed to make way for the site: 18,000

Days the Expo will last: 184

Live shows planned: 20,000

Length of fireworks show at opening ceremony Friday: 30 minutes

Investment: priceless

Estimated cost (in media reports): $55 billion

Estimated cost of Beijing Olympics: $40 billion

Official estimated cost of Expo: $4.2 billion

Official amount spent on upgrading Shanghai’s infrastructure: $45 billion

Percentage of visitors expected to come from within China: 95

Cost of one ticket: 160 yuan ($24)

Average disposable income per month in China: 1,430 yuan ($210)


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