2010 Trade Mission to Asia – Shanghai, China

2010 Trade Mission to Asia – Shanghai, China

Day Three, Sunday, September 12

After leaving Hangzhou early in the morning, the CalChamber business delegation arrived at the boat launch in Shanghai at approximately 10:30am.

The delegates took a leisurely cruise to the World Expo VIP Pudong Entrance. There the delegates were met by Chen Anjie, Deputy Party Secretary and Deputy Director, Shanghai World Expo.

The World Expo is described as the Olympic Games of the economic, scientific and industrial world,
Expo 2010 hosts more than 190 countries and 50 international organizations competing to display their idea of cutting-edge technology as well as blueprints for the ideal global village of the future. The theme for Expo 2010 will be “Better City – Better Life” and signifies Shanghai’s new status in the 21st century as a major economic and cultural center.

First, the CalChamber delegation visited the Korean pavilion. This exhibit focused on strengthening ties of friendship between South Korea and China.

Korean Pavilion – World Expo

Korean Pavilion – Fortune Wall

Korean Pavilion – Theme

Next, the delegation joined the Bay Area Council at the US pavilion. It was here that Governor Schwarzenegger and the Bay Area Council announced their intent to bid for the 2020 World Expo to be held in Silicon Valley.

USA Pavilion – World Expo

USA Pavilion – VIP Lounge

Governor Schwarzenegger, U.S. Consulate representative and Jim Wunderman of the Bay Area Council
announce California’s World Expo 2020 bid.

Secretary A.G. Kawamura (California Department of Food and Agriculture), Caroline Beteta
(California Travel and Tourism Commission), Susanne Stirling, CalChamber.

After touring the U.S. pavilion, the CalChamber delegation split and went to the United Kingdom or Danish pavilions. The Danish pavilion featured the Little Mermaid Statue, on loan from Copenhagen.

Denmark Pavilion

The UK Pavilion featured a structure covered by silicon tubes. The inner portion of the exhibit had the ends of each of the tubes containing a seed species. This pavilion represented the seed project, an ongoing experience in the UK.

United Kingdom Pavilion

Closeup of the silicon tubes – UK Pavilion

Inside UK Pavilion – Each tube holds one species of seed

The group then loaded on the bus and took a driving tour of the Expo. Many of the pavilions were very impressive and represented the ingenuity of the individual countries.

Spain Pavilion

France Pavilion

Russia Pavilion

Canada Pavilion

Finally, the CalChamber delegation visited the China pavilion. This massive structure was built to be a permanent museum, dedicated to preserving the Chinese culture. There were many exhibits within the pavilion, representing all of the regions of China.

Abby Browning, CalChamber, in front of China Pavilion

Exhibit in China Pavilion

Exhibit in China Pavilion

Exhibit in China Pavilion

After visiting the World Expo, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger made a stop at Marvell Semiconductor to tour its Shanghai facilities. Marvell was represented on the business delegation by Dr. Sehat Sutardja and Ms. Weili Dai, co-founders of the company. Marvell Semiconductor’s headquarters are in Santa Clara, California.

Gov. Schwarzenegger with Weili Dai (left) of Marvell Semiconductor
Photo by Peter Grigsby, Office of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger

Later that evening, the CalChamber delegation traveled by bus to Xintiandi. These restored traditional shikumen houses on narrow alleys have become a world famous urban entertainment district of Shanghai. They also house the site of the First Conference of the Communist Party of China.

Vincent Lo, Chairman of Shui On Land, hosted the Governor and the California delegation for a reception at his clubhouse in Shanghai, locaed at One Xintiandi. The CalChamber delegation had a lovely dinner in the Xintiandi district and enjoyed a leisurely stroll back to the hotel on the bund.

Day Four, Monday, September 13

Before leaving Shanghai, the CalChamber delegates joined the Bay Area Council for the opening of the Century of the Pacific Grand Ceremony. Governor Schwarzenegger delivered remarks on California – China trade and innovation between the two economies. The American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai (President Brenda Foster) co-hosted this event.

Margaret Wong, McWong International (center) and Susanne Stirling, CalChamber (far right)
meet with colleagues in Shanghai.

The CalChamber delegation headed to Shanghai’s Hangqiao Airport for departure.

Day Four Continues in Tokyo

General Information
CIA World Factbook
Chinese Language Basic Tools
Shanghai City Site
China Travel Guide – Shanghai

U.S. Embassy China Beijing
Executive Office (ambassador)
Contact Info (consul general)

U.S. Consulate Shanghai
Consul General
U.S. Citizen Services

Hotel Accommodations
Hyatt on the Bund
199 Huangpu Rd.
People’s Republic of China
Tel: +86 21 6393 1234
Fax: +86 21 6393 1313

Shanghai, China – the Bund