Expo 2010 – Taiwan Pavilion

Taiwan Pavilion Shanghai Expo 2010

The Expo 2010 is expected to be opened on May 1st, 2010 in Shanghai, People’s Republic of China. For the first time in 40 years, Taiwan is able to participate and present our culture, technology, and scenery to the world. The last time Taiwan attended the Expo was in Osaka, Japan in 1970, one year before its seat in the United Nations was replaced by the PRC. As the government elected in 2008 took a controversial China-friendly approach in making policies, the PRC has so far responded in kind. Nevertheless, Taiwan is excited to show case what it has to offer through the Taiwan pavilion, the core concept of which being “Mountain, Water, & Lantern of the Heart”. Shape like a lantern we release to pray for peace, the pavilion will appear differently in day and at night. At the center of the pavilion is a giant sphere known as “heart of Taiwan” and is entirely covered with LED screens. If you will be visiting Shanghai and the Expo 2010, please stop by the Taiwan Pavilion and enjoy the authentic Taiwanese hospitality!

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Theme song “Heartbeat of Taiwan” performed by Taiwanese singer Jolin Tsai. Version with English Subtitle.

The lyrics roughly translates as:

Heartbeat of Taiwan 台灣的心跳聲

That ivy climbing on     那長春藤攀上
to the rusty fire hydrant     生鏽的消防栓
Like a butterfly that cannot leave     像蝴蝶離不開
a place with the smell of flowers     有花香的地方
Quiet alleyway     寧靜的小巷
A cup of Yung Ho soy milk     一杯永和豆漿
I am tasting slowly     我在細細品嘗
the contented hometown     恬淡的家鄉
Neon bulb lights up     霓虹燈點亮
imagination about the night market     關於夜市的想像
Children playing hide-and-seek     孩子們捉迷藏
and finding their favorite sweets     在找愛吃的糖
Pale yellow sunset     昏黃的夕陽
Old walls of Lung Shan Temple     龍山寺的老牆
I devoutly light an incense     我虔誠點著香
With a pillar of hope in my hands     手拿一柱希望
A little less scar     少一點傷痕
A little more applause     多一點的掌聲
A little less warfare     少一點戰爭
A little more innocence     多一點的單純
Determine with the spirit of baseball     認真用棒球魂
Shed sweat to feel the youth     揮汗去體會青春
Listen to the     用心聽著
Heartbeat of Taiwan     那台灣的心跳聲
Waiting for harvest on the Chianan Plain     嘉南平原等著收割
All over with the color of bliss     一整遍幸福的顏色
Pingdong bluefin tuna equals happiness     屏東黑鮪魚直接等於快樂
The sweeping Danshui River     一路蜿蜒的是淡水河
Taroko Gorge is the steepest     那陡峭的是太魯閣
We have cheerful personalities     一派樂天的性格
How do you fold a paper umbrella of Meinung     美濃紙傘怎麼折
How do you curve out a piece of Sanyi wood sculpture     三義木雕怎麼刻
There are many many choices on this land     這塊土地上有很多很多的選擇
Look carefully at the unique makeup of the Eight Generals 仔細看著八家將的妝獨特
I say dear my dear     我說親愛親愛的
our storytelling pauses here     我們故事說到這
That ivy climbing on     那長春藤攀上
to the rusty fire hydrant     生鏽的消防栓
Like a butterfly that cannot leave     像蝴蝶離不開
a place with the smell of flowers     有花香的地方
Quiet alleyway     寧靜的小巷
A cup of Yung Ho soy milk     一杯永和豆漿
I am tasting slowly     我在細細品嘗
the contented hometown     恬淡的家鄉
Neon bulb lights up     霓虹燈點亮
imagination about the night market     關於夜市的想像
Children playing hide-and-seek     孩子們捉迷藏
and finding their favorite sweets     在找愛吃的糖
Pale yellow sunset     昏黃的夕陽
Old walls of Lung Shan Temple     龍山寺的老牆
I devoutly light an incense     我虔誠點著香
With a pillar of hope in my hands     手拿一柱希望
A little less hatred     少一點仇恨
A little more of us     多一點的我們
A little less coldness     少一點寒冷
A little more gentle warmth     多一點的溫存
Use cursive to write Cloud Gate     用狂草寫雲門
Use firecrackers to build a city     用蜂炮築一座城
Eternal Mazu     媽祖永恆
Generations of faithfulness     世世代代的虔誠
Sky lantern raising slowly     天燈冉冉上升
If you can make a wish     可以許下願望
then     就
don’t wait     別等

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