China opens Expo with lavish show

Shanghai kicks off six-month event with star-studded opening gala attended by world leaders.



    Fireworks illuminated the Shanghai skyline in a blaze of colour as China kicked off the six-month World Expoon Friday with a lavish star-studded opening gala attended by a host of world leaders.

    From the United States to North Korea, a total of 189 countries will take part in the event of ideas, culture and technology expected to attract at least 70 million visitors - the vast majority of them Chinese.

    It is the first time a developing country has been chosen to host the event, and the city has undergone a massive face-lift at a cost of $45 billion in preparation for the Expo.

    Al Jazeera's Divya Gopalan reports.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: Take a tour through divided Jerusalem

    Interactive: Take a tour through divided Jerusalem

    Take a tour through East and West Jerusalem to see the difference in quality of life for Israelis and Palestinians.

    Stories from the sex trade

    Stories from the sex trade

    Dutch sex workers, pimps and johns share their stories.

    Inside the world of India's booming fertility industry

    Inside the world of India's booming fertility industry

    As the stigma associated with being childless persists, some elderly women in India risk it all to become mothers.