Could China’s lantern-shaped pavilion hold the keys to a new age?
The embodiment of Chinese heritage will showcase innovations to detect extraterrestrial life and connect global trade routes
What do the world’s largest radio telescope, the most advanced global mapping system and a transport network aimed at spurring an economic revolution have in common? In less than 560 days, they’ll all be on show in the lantern-shaped China Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai. The design marks the enduring symbol of Chinese culture over the past 5,000 years and will use dazzling digital light shows and innovative multimedia technologies to help represent brightness, reunion, auspiciousness and happiness. It will also trace the breadth of achievements that defined ancient China and the country’s vision of ‘building a shared future for mankind.’
Paying homage to China’s inventions that have had global impacts – such as paper, moveable type printing, the compass and gunpowder – it will also exhibit the country’s future-shaping technologies.
These include China’s FAST radio satellite – the world’s largest with a diameter of 500m – which sits in the country’s Guizhou Province and whose functions include the detection of interstellar signals from alien life.
The pavilion will also explore intelligent autonomous vehicles that can share data, make complex decisions and operate without human assistance, and China’s GPS alternative, BEIDU, capable of geo-location tracking up to a few millimetres in accuracy.
Perhaps the grandest of China’s goals, however, is the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Often referred to as the New Silk Road, BRI aims to upgrade regional connectivity by developing new infrastructure networks across more than 70 nations, opening up a plethora of trade routes via land, air and sea.
All exhibits within the China Pavilion will combine traditional Chinese elements with modern architectural concepts, using eco-friendly materials to further its vision for sustainable design.
Measuring more than 4,600 sqm, the pavilion will be located in the Opportunity District at Expo 2020, which will welcome 190 nations to the UAE from October next year for an unmissable global celebration.