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New-energy park slated for former World Expo site

Date: 2012-11-17

A NEW-energy theme park displaying vintage cars and offering the chance to test drive electric vehicles will open next month at the former World Expo site.

The 2062 New-Energy Theme Park covers 50,000 square meters in the Pudong New Area and will open to the public on December 22, organizers said.

The park will be divided into five sections and feature solar and wind power generation technologies. There will also be biodiesel technologies on display along with exhibits contributed by leading domestic companies in the new energy field.

Admission will be free until the trial opening period ends on December 31.

Beginning on January 1, admission will be 30 yuan (US$4.81), said Gu Yue, a senior organizer of the park.

"Vintage cars consume a lot of energy. We hope to present the evolution of energy development with the display of vintage cars and we expect this to be a highlight of the exhibition," Gu said.

The name of the park, 2062, has a special meaning, organizers said.

"The Mayan Prophecy predicted the end of Earth in 2012, which is not possible. But will human beings change their lifestyles, explore new energies and find better modes of transportation 50 years after the 'doomsday?'" said Zhang Huchao, market manager of Shanghai Foremost Multimedia Co Ltd, which is in charge of the exhibition.

The park's opening is part of a post-Expo development blueprint, which aims to turn the site into a landmark area that incorporates business, exhibition and leisure functions, authorities said yesterday at the China International Travel Mart.

A number of national pavilions and Expo venues have been reopened with new exhibitions and functions. They include China Art Museum, Shanghai Contemporary Art Museum, Italy Center, Mercedes-Benz Arena, Saudi Arabia Pavilion, Expo Memorial Exhibition and Expo Park.

Meanwhile, some facilities are close to opening.

The city's first aviation theme park with major attractions including a Boeing 747 aircraft, aviation simulators and a hot-air balloon will open soon.

A children's art theater is under construction. It is scheduled to open in June 2013.

(Source: Shanghai Deily)