Expo 2010 Kicks Off In Shanghai (Video)

Opening Ceremony Includes Fireworks Display And Performance

After years of planning and months of intense preparation, the Shanghai World Expo kicked off today with a stunning fireworks display and musical performance. The expo officially opens its doors to the public tomorrow, and over the next six months organizers estimate somewhere between 70-100 million visitors, most of them Chinese, will tour the expo’s venues.

Make sure to check back with Jing Daily next week for exclusive coverage of the expo from our Shanghai correspondent.

Some photos of the opening event, via Xinhua:

The opening ceremony of the 2010 World Expo starts in Shanghai, east China, April 30, 2010. (Xinhua])

The opening ceremony of the 2010 World Expo starts in Shanghai, east China, April 30, 2010.

Folk artists warm up before the opening ceremony.

Folk artists warm up before the opening ceremony.

Jackie Chan and Song Zuying perform alongside dozens of singers at the opening ceremony.

Jackie Chan and Song Zuying perform alongside dozens of singers at the opening ceremony.

Opening performance.

Opening performance.

Dancers perform "Meeting in Shanghai."

Dancers perform "Meeting in Shanghai."

Opening Ceremony.

Opening Ceremony.

Video of the opening ceremony, from CCTV (via Youtube):

More coverage of the Shanghai World Expo:

China opens World Expo in Shanghai (BBC)

Shanghai’s Chance to Shine (CNN)

Shanghai Expo 2010: A Pre-Opening Round-up of News and Opinion (China Digital Times)

China Rules the World at Expo 2010 (The Atlantic)

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