Card no 370 - Liu
The UK Expo Pavilion - China
Received: 26th January
Travelled for: 11 days
The UK pavilion for the 2010 Expo in Shanghai. With another 230 pavilions at the Expo this one was designed in the hope it would stand out. It was covered in 60,000 transparent rods, each containing seeds from the Millennium Seed Bank in the UK. Designed for the theme "Building on the Past, Shaping our future", the 6000-square-metre UK pavilion is also known as the "Seed Cathedral" and the area around it is designed like a wrapping paper, making it seem as if the wrappers have fallen open to reveal a sparkling jewel of life. Visitors can relax around the open space or enter the "Seed Cathedral" to admire the seeds in the spines, marveling how such tiny seeds can produce wonders of nature and life. The UK pavilion hopes to raise awareness for the Millennium Seed Bank Project, an international conservation project launched by the Royal Botanic Gardens in 2000.
Not only was this a super card but Liu enclosed it in a most attractive envelope:-