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China to be best presented at Milan Expo 2015
Milan Expo commissioner Giuseppe Sala has said that China would be the best presented country at the upcoming 2015 Milan World Expo.
Sala said China will build three pavilions at the fair, including a national one, as well as other two buildings created by Vanke and Chinese companies.
"We estimate at least one million Chinese visitors would come to the fair," Sala forecasted.
According to the event's organizing committee, 500,000 tickets have been sold in China, but it expects three times that number of Chinese visitors during the five-month event.
Visitors from all over the world would have the chance to explore 53 country pavilions, nine clusters and some theme-based pavilions.
"Considering that a visit will last 6-7 hours a day, it will not be enough to see everything in a single day," Sala said.
Milan Expo, scheduled to take place in the Italian business capital from May 1 to Oct. 31, 2015, is expected to attract over 20 million visitors.
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"More than 500 people will meet and work together towards the Milan Charter," Martina said, referring to the document which will bind countries to food and development related objectives.
The Charter will be delivered to United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon when he visits the Milan world's fair in October.
Martina said the Milan Charter will be like the Kyoto Protocol on climate change, but for food.
Agriculture ministers from countries attending Expo are due to sign the charter June 4 at an international forum.
Expo Milano 2015 on home stretch
MILAN, Italy, Dec. 20 (Xinhua) - With only 132 days to go before the opening of Expo Milano 2015 on May 1, the world exposition's site is in ferment to keep the promise to provide for visitors the so-called "biggest restaurant of the world."
In a press conference held in the Italian business capital at the end of this week, organizers said 80 percent of main works are complete and some of the 80 pavilions, of which 53 self-built, are almost ready. Some 2,800 people are working at the expo site and they will become 3,500 next month. In the past years, Expo Milano 2015 has been blamed for serious delays in the construction works.
"Some four months before the opening, we have sold more than 7 million tickets," Expo Sole Commissioner of the Italian Government Giuseppe Sala said. The figure is about one third of the total number of tickets for the expected 20 million visitors from all over the world, he added.
Sala stressed the upcoming exposition, dedicated to nutrition, food security and sustainable development, will especially be an opportunity for the youth. Many learning activities will be dedicated to children, while training projects will be activated for 200 university interns. The volunteers program has registered more than 15,000 international young people, mostly students, so far.
In fact the six-month event will be a sort of "multi-sensory journey" in the world of food to discover the history, variety, production process and tasting of dishes from the 144 participant countries and regions, he said.
There will be around 100 restaurants in the pavilions at the exhibition site. "We want Expo Milano 2015 to be the biggest restaurant in the world," Sala stressed. The Expo Milano 2015 mascot, Foody, stands for community, diversity and food in the broadest sense, as a source of life and energy.
But the common focus, dressed with plenty of in-depth meetings and high-profile initiatives, Sala highlighted, will be "on the fundamental need to feed the entire planet with a sustainable approach to nutrition." A formal document, the so-called Chart of Milan, will be drawn up and presented to the United Nations (UN) to join hands at the international level and fight against hunger.
Awareness campaigns and edutainment activities will play a crucial role to arouse awareness on the sustainable nutrition issue. For example, Sala said, visitors will find an exciting approach at the Swiss Pavilion, where huge silos will be filled with food from Switzerland at disposal of visitors.
The idea is that the visitors have to be responsible with the amount of pieces they grab, because the pavilion will be filled up only two or three times during the whole expo period, which should simulate the limited resources on the earth and make a hint to a responsible conservation of them.
Sala highlighted the "festival atmosphere" of the world exposition, which every day will celebrate the National Day of a participating country. The Open Air Theater every evening will host the exclusive show of the Cirque Du Soleil. The site will be open from 10:00 a.m. local time(0900GMT) to 11.00 p.m.
Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli and fashion designer Giorgio Armani will inaugurate the Expo Milano 2015 with special shows on April 30. Chinese pianist Lang Lang and Juventus football club goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon are among the other famed "expo ambassadors."
Organizers explained that the expected 250,000 visitors per day will be able to reach the expo - located in the northwestern part of Milan over an area of about 1 million square meters and designed in a shape of an island - from the city center in about half an hour by metro or train. More than 70 percent visitors are expected to reach the site with public transport, while nearly 25,000 car parks will be available for those traveling by car.
Italy's public sector has invested 1.3 billion euros(1.59 billion U.S. dollars), with additional around 1 billion euros coming from participants. Revenues of 800 million euros are expected from the sale of tickets and merchandising, while an added value of 5 billion euros has been estimated in the touristic sector. (1 euro = 1.22 U.S. dollars)
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The tapestries, commissioned by Cosimo I de' Medici for Florence's Palazzo Vecchio in1545, are currently divided between their original home in the Tuscan capital and theQuirinal Palace in Rome and have recently been restored. The works by Italian Manneristpainters Pontormo and Bronzino will go on display in the capital in January beforetravelling to Milan, where they will be on show from April through September to coincidewith the World's Fair.
The exhibition will then end up in Florence at run there until January 2016.
"It is an extraordinary opportunity that puts into effect the supporting ideas of Expo, namely the power of beauty and know-how," said Agriculture Minister Maurizio Martinaof the exhibition that reunites the 20 tapestries after nearly 150 years. Expo 2015 will runin Milan from May through October 2015 on the theme 'Feeding the planet, energy forlife'.