A work commencement ceremony was held on Sunday
to mark the start of construction for the Singapore Pavilion at
the World Expo 2010 Shanghai China.
The occasion was graced by the Prime
Minister of Singapore, Mr Lee Hsien Loong and the Executive Vice
Mayor of Shanghai, Mr Yang Xiong.
Singapore’s participation in the World Expo 2010
Shanghai China is its largest to date at the World Expo,
signifying its strong and close bilateral ties with China.
The Singapore Pavilion will showcase
Singapore’s achievements in urban planning, water technology and
environmental services while promoting closer people-to-people
relations between China and Singapore.
The pavilion will also highlight Singapore’s
ability to offer a high quality and integrated environment to
live, work and play within a compact area through sustainable
planning and development.
At the ceremony, Ms Aw Kah Peng, Chief Executive
of the Singapore Tourism Board (STB), presented an orchid hybrid
named Dendrobium Singapore Shanghai Symphony (新沪交响曲) to Mr Yang,
which was exclusively created to commemorate Singapore’s
participation in the World Expo 2010 Shanghai China.
jade and gold-hued hybrid is adorned with delicate parallel veins, symbolising the beauty of Singapore and Shanghai and the two
cities’ correspondent transformation into vibrant global
The resilient nature of the hybrid reflects the
strong bilateral relations between China and Singapore who will be
sharing their approaches to innovation and sustainable development
at the World Expo 2010 Shanghai China.
The orchid hybrid also underlines the Singapore
Pavilion’s over-arching theme Urban Symphony.
Under this theme, the pavilion will feature a
multi-sensory journey that echoes the Singapore experience.
Resembling a music box, the façade of the structure will draw
visitors in to explore the pavilion as they hear music emanating
from its core.
The musical odyssey through the pavilion will
culminate in a breathtaking rooftop garden which will showcase the
best aspects of Singapore as a city in a garden.
“We hope a journey through the Singapore
Pavilion will inspire visitors to come to Singapore to explore our
unique attractions and way of life. And we welcome visitors to
explore and discover Singapore’s approach to innovation and
sustainable development, where nature along with an ensemble of
modern and traditional cultural influences live, work and play
together in harmony,” said Ms Aw Kah Peng, Chief Executive, STB.
The Singapore Pavilion design will be on display
at the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Centre (SUPEC) from 9 to
30 June 2009. China Construction (South Pacific) Development Co
Pte Ltd (CCDC), a regional subsidiary of China State Construction
Engineering Corporation (CSCEC), will be commencing foundation and
piling work for the pavilion.
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