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Animated scenery of Song Dynasty capital goes on display

AFTER the China Pavilion ended its 86-day rerun on Saturday, its star attraction, the animated rendition of an 850-year-old scroll painting, "Along the River during the Qingming Festival," will meet the public again in a memorial exhibition on the World Expo 2010. The animated painting will be shown on the second floor in last year's Urban Footprint Pavilion in the Puxi section of the Expo Park. Tickets to the show will cost 30 yuan (US$4.73). Students, servicemen, senior citizens and children can enter for 15 yuan. The 20,000-square-meter exhibition to run for two years and is expected to attract 10,000 visitors a day. The projection is 30 times the size of the original scroll created by the Song Dynasty artist Zhang Zeduan (1085-1145). The painting captures the daily life of people in the then capital, Bianjing, and reveals the lifestyles of both the rich and the poor.The China Pavilion received more than 2.4 million visitors since it reopened on July 12. The building will be turned into a cultural facility after a face-lift.

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