Expo Online

If you’re not one of the 70 million people expected to visit World Expo 2010 Shanghai this year then there is a perfect, virtual alternative. Expo Online is an ambitious digital project by the organising bureau of Expo 2010 which will be the nearest thing to actually being here from May 1 to Oct 31 when Shanghai’s hosts the largest world’s fair in history.

At Expo Online you can take a virtual tour of the 5.28 sqm fairground and take a look inside the striking pavilions, such as the one for Australia (above). In time the site will evolve to include more content as each participant readies its virtual contents. In some cases the virtual experience will reveal the contents of the real-time pavilions and in other cases they will merely give a taste, or otherwise complement the real thing.