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Qinghai Pavilion

Qinghai Pavilion

THEME: Source of Three Great Rivers: Watering the Nation

PAVILION: The Pavilion is a modern and architecturally fascinating structure that shows the three rivers – The Yangtze, the Yellow and the Lancang (also known as the Mekong), all originating in Qinghai Province, as integral entities in the life and economy of the province. Black-neck cranes soar across one exterior wall; Tibetan antelope prance along another.

EXHIBIT: The exhibit demonstrates how the three rivers have nurtured riverfront cities and reveals both the supportive and restrictive role of the ecological conditions at the source of the three great rivers in urban development. Over ten exhibition items embrace inspiration to the public ecological concept, reflect the sustenance-development relationship and rest people’s hopes for ecological civilization. Visitors enter the Pavilion on a carpet of Chinese wool grass, while the three rivers are represented by simulated streams of watermark glass. The overall impression is of walking on the grassland alongside these great rivers. A touch screen in the shape of the three rivers plays the video “Beautiful Qinghai” describing the source locations of the rivers, ecological conditions, plant and animal species, the living conditions of ethnic groups in the region and the role the rivers play in civilization, life and urban development in Qinghai. Inside the Pavilion, the roof is painted to resemble the beautiful blue sky of Qinghai with fluffy white clouds floating lazily overhead while the walls and rock-strewn grass create the illusion of an Alpine meadow. Drawings depicting the lifestyle of nomadic herders of the plateau frame a large video screen showing “Birthplace of the Mother Rivers,” a short film depicting the role the rivers played in ancient and modern Chinese life. A sculpture on the far end resembles Gela Dandong, the glacier that is the source of the Yangtze River. Icicles hang down, with visual and sound effects representing each drop from the icicles becoming part of the great river. At the exit of the Pavilion, a picture shows Yuzhu Peak of the Kunlun Mountains.

CUISINE: There is no dining area listed for the Pavilion.

SHOPPING: At the reception window (to the left as you enter the Pavilion) you may purchase souvenirs from the region, including bottled water from the headwaters.


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