The EXPO Cultural Park is located in the Houtan area of the Pudong District in Shanghai. As a visual focal point from the west bank of the Huangpu River, this land has evolved over the decades: from natural wetland, to farmland with an expansive canal system for irrigation, to a base for heavy industry. The opening of the Shanghai EXPO 2010, the largest World Exposition in history, represents yet another new chapter of the site’s history. The EXPO focused on the concept of “Better City—Better Life,” and symbolized the beginning of the site’s post-industrial rebirth. After the EXPO, many of the pavilions were demolished, while a portion of the site was converted to active recreational programing.