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Shanghai Expo mascot 'Haibao' at Victoria Park

'Haibao', the mascot of the World Exposition 2010 Shanghai China (Shanghai Expo), has this week moved to Victoria Park as part of an extended visit to Hong Kong.

Created from the Chinese character for 'people', 'Haibao' made the move on June 1 and will remain at Victoria Park until November 30, 2009.

After that, the mascot moves to Sha Tin Park and then onto Hong Kong Park during his stay in Asia's world city.

Haibao's change of scenery coincides with the 'Haibao Tour of the World' competition which runs from May 27 until July 26 and is being organised by the Bureau of Shanghai World Expo Co-ordination.

Members of the public are encouraged to take a snap with Haibao, or to create their own artwork using the mascot, and to submit it online. Information on the contest is available at http://big5.expo2010.cn/

The Shanghai Expo will be held in Shanghai from May 1 to October 31, 2010.

As at 14 May 2009, some 238 countries, cities and international organisations had confirmed their participation in Expo, which is expected to attract 70 million visitors from the Mainland and around the world.

Under the theme "Hong Kong - A City with Unlimited Potential", Hong Kong will build a stand-alone Pavilion at the Expo to showcase the global connectivity, infinite imagination and creativity of Hong Kong people, as well as the quality city life and rich natural heritage.

Hong Kong will also participate in the Urban Best Practices Area exhibition, which will highlight global best practices in sustainable city life.

Under the theme 'Smart Card, Smart City, Smart Life, Hong Kong's exhibition will showcase its innovative approach to improve the efficiency and quality of daily life through the extensive use of smart card technology.

Haibao, the mascot of Shanghai Expo 2010 meets new friends after moving to Victoria Park on June 1 for a six-month visit.