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Work begins on Expo Museum
By Yang Jian

Construction of the Shanghai World Expo Museum began yesterday.

It is only one of its kind in the world, where visitors will be able to see exhibits from future World Expos.

The museum, covering 46,000 square meters near Lupu Bridge in the former Puxi Expo site, will be free to the public  when it opens in May 2016, said Liu Xiuhua, curator of the museum.

The building will be composed of two areas — the historic “River Valley” and the “Happy Cloud” — that symbolize “Expo Memory” and the “City Life,” the two core concepts of the museum.

“The Valley will be the main attraction with five floors an underground level.

It will be the main exhibition hall of the museum,” said Wang Xiao’an, chief designer of the museum building.

The Cloud will be in the middle of the building and will include rooftop gardens, temporary exhibition halls and public services areas, he said.

The two parts will be attached together by bridges. The exhibition area alone will cover 16,000 square meters.

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