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West Lake Expo Museum

Add:41-42 Beishan Rd

2013-01-08

This museum is located in the original exhibition hall of the First West Lake Expo, held in 1929. The first exhibition hall in Zhejiang Province, and possibly China, it featured the Art Deco style of the period.

The First West Lake Expo lasted 137 days, and its more than 147,000 exhibits attracted 20 million visitors, making it the most influential expo in China.

However, the event was discontinued due to the turmoil in war-torn China.

In 2000, Hangzhou government revived the expo as an annual festival.

In 2003, The villa became the West Lake Expo Museum, with the aim of introducing the history of the expo through artifacts and documents, together with a modern multimedia experience.

Inside the villa is an area belonging to HiCenter (Hangzhou International Information Exchange Center), a non-profit institution devoted to promoting communication between Hangzhou and foreigners. It cooperates with various municipal departments to hold activities for expats in Hangzhou.

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