While the pavilions of Macau and Taiwan seek their common roots with Chinese culture, Hong Kong dedicates its pavilion to modernity, which has made the metropolis a favorable place for mainlanders and internationals.
With the theme "Potential Unlimited," the Hong Kong Pavilion filled its three exhibition floors with displays on connectivity, creativity and sustainable urbanization.
In the corridor leading to its exhibition chambers, visitors can photograph themselves on digital screens embedded in the wall and send the pictures through e-mail. The "happy snap" serves as the beginning of an innovative and interactive tour inside the Hong Kong Pavilion.
Entering the ground floor, visitors are presented with a pair of 3-D glasses and invited to watch a two-minute film covering Hong Kong"s many achievements, including its prosperous entertainment industry.
At the exit of the small theatre, a futuristic tunnel leads into the transparent middle exhibition hall, which gives a nice view overlooking the Expo Axis （世博轴）.
Here, information of Hong Kong is combined with interactive programs - visitors can design a currency note, or take a digital tour of Hong Kong"s West Kowloon Cultural District.
Once thoroughly awed by HK"s technology, visitors are next invited onto a roof garden to enjoy a bit of nature.
The centerpiece of the compact open-air garden is a small pond covered with leafy lilies and surrounded by lush green plants. This final exhibition area showcases Hong Kong"s biological diversity and the city"s efforts to sustainably balance its densely-populated urban cityscape.
To foreign visitors like Martin Zuend, who comes from Switzerland, Hong Kong"s emphasis on nature is shared in his home country. And although he has never been to Hong Kong, he is very much amazed at the metropolis"s high level of modernity.
And to visitors from the mainland, the Hong Kong Pavilion serves as inspiration for how a city can strive to meet the needs of every citizen.
"I think for big cities like Shanghai and Beijing, urbanization can be expanded to the edges of the city so that people living in the suburbs can also benefit from its modernization," said a mainland visitor who had just finished her tour inside the Hong Kong Pavilion.