Shanghai Expo closes after six months and 72m visitors

SHANGHAI (AP) -- China wrapped up its record-breaking World Expo on Sunday with a lavish display of national pride, as organizers of the mammoth event pledged to continue pursuing more sustainable, balanced growth. More than 72 million visitors have been treated to a smorgasbord of cultures and technologies focused on the theme "Better City, Better Life" in the biggest, most expensive expo since such events began with the Great Exhibition of 1851 in London, which marked the coming of the Industrial Revolution.[30 Shots]

Shanghai Expo closes after six months and 72m visitors
Chinese dancers perform during the closing ceremony of the Shanghai World Expo in Shanghai, China Sunday, Oct. 31, 2010.Shanghai shuts the gates to the World Expo -- a six-month exhibition of culture and technology that saw record attendance, a parade of foreign leaders and a display of China's growing power. AP / Andy Wong

Shanghai Expo closes after six months and 72m visitors
Performers are seen suspended above the stage during the closing ceremony of the the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai on October 31, 2010. AFP/ Getty Images / Philippe Lopez

Shanghai Expo closes after six months and 72m visitors
Chinese dancers perform during the closing ceremony of the Shanghai World Expo in Shanghai, China Sunday, Oct. 31, 2010. AP / Andy Wong

Shanghai Expo closes after six months and 72m visitors
Expo volunteers holding countries' flags march on the stage during the closing ceremony of the Shanghai World Expo in Shanghai, China, Sunday, Oct. 31, 2010. AP / Andy Wong

Shanghai Expo closes after six months and 72m visitors
Performers wave flags during the closing ceremony of the the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai on October 31, 2010. AFP/ Getty Images / Philippe Lopez

Shanghai Expo closes after six months and 72m visitors
Chinese and foreign performers dance with the Shanghai Expo mascot "Haibao" on a stage during the closing ceremony of the Shanghai World Expo in Shanghai, China Sunday, Oct. 31, 2010. AP / Andy Wong

Shanghai Expo closes after six months and 72m visitors
Performers dance next to a Shanghai Expo mascot "Haibao" on a stage during the closing ceremony of the Shanghai World Expo in Shanghai, China Sunday, Oct. 31, 2010. AP / Andy Wong

Shanghai Expo closes after six months and 72m visitors
Performers parade during the closing ceremony of the the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai on October 31, 2010. AFP/ Getty Images / Philippe Lopez

Shanghai Expo closes after six months and 72m visitors
Chinese performers plays traditional instruments on a stage during the closing ceremony of the Shanghai World Expo in Shanghai, China Sunday, Oct. 31, 2010. AP / Andy Wong

Shanghai Expo closes after six months and 72m visitors
Performers parade with hats shaped as pavilions during the closing ceremony of the the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai on October 31, 2010. AFP/ Getty Images / Philippe Lopez

Shanghai Expo closes after six months and 72m visitors
Chinese models in "pavilion hats" perform during the closing ceremony of the Shanghai World Expo in Shanghai, China Sunday, Oct. 31, 2010. AP / Andy Wong

Shanghai Expo closes after six months and 72m visitors
People watch performance during the closing ceremony of the Shanghai World Expo in Shanghai, China Sunday, Oct. 31, 2010. AP / Andy Wong

Shanghai Expo closes after six months and 72m visitors
Chinese models with China Pavilion hats on perform during the closing ceremony of the Shanghai World Expo in Shanghai, China Sunday, Oct. 31, 2010. AP / Andy Wong

Shanghai Expo closes after six months and 72m visitors
Chinese models with pavilion hats on perform on a stage during the closing ceremony of the Shanghai World Expo in Shanghai, China Sunday, Oct. 31, 2010. AP / Andy Wong

Shanghai Expo closes after six months and 72m visitors
Chinese models with pavilion hats on perform on a stage during the closing ceremony of the Shanghai World Expo in Shanghai, China Sunday, Oct. 31, 2010. AP / Andy Wong

Shanghai Expo closes after six months and 72m visitors
Volunteers plays on the illuminated tiles outside the Expo Culture Center after the closing ceremony of the Shanghai World Expo in Shanghai, China, Sunday, Oct. 31, 2010. AP / Andy Wong

Shanghai Expo closes after six months and 72m visitors
Chinese police officers stand on duty at the Shanghai World Expo site lit up with the national flag's design before the closing ceremony in Shanghai, China, Sunday, Oct. 31, 2010. AP / Andy Wong

Shanghai Expo closes after six months and 72m visitors
Chinese police officers and volunteers stand on duty at the illuminated Shanghai World Expo site before the closing ceremony in Shanghai, China, Sunday, Oct. 31, 2010. AP / Andy Wong

Shanghai Expo closes after six months and 72m visitors
Visitors sits on a roller-coaster on top of the Swiss Pavilion against the sunset at the Shanghai World Expo site Sunday, Oct. 31, 2010. AP / Andy Wong

Shanghai Expo closes after six months and 72m visitors
Visitors walk up a staircase while entering Latvia's Pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo site Sunday, Oct. 31, 2010. AP / Andy Wong

Shanghai Expo closes after six months and 72m visitors
Visitors walk on a bridge connecting to Sweden's Pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo site Sunday, Oct. 31, 2010. AP / Andy Wong

Shanghai Expo closes after six months and 72m visitors
Visitors queue up to enter the Serbia Pavilion at the Shanghai Expo site Saturday, Oct. 30, 2010. AP / Andy Wong

Shanghai Expo closes after six months and 72m visitors
Visitors walks in a queue to enter the New Zealand Pavilion at the Shanghai Expo site Saturday, Oct. 30, 2010. AP / Andy Wong

Shanghai Expo closes after six months and 72m visitors
Visitors walk a passage to the top of the Nepal Pavilion with the Oriental Pearl TV Tower in the backdrop at the Shanghai Expo site Saturday, Oct. 30, 2010. AP / Andy Wong

Shanghai Expo closes after six months and 72m visitors
Visitors queue up to enter the Russian Pavilion at the Shanghai Expo site Saturday, Oct. 30, 2010. AP / Andy Wong

Shanghai Expo closes after six months and 72m visitors
Two children plays with their snack foods while visitors queue up enter the Russian Pavilion at the Shanghai Expo site Saturday, Oct. 30, 2010. AP / Andy Wong

Shanghai Expo closes after six months and 72m visitors
A visitor walks past the Estonian pavilion at the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai on October 27, 2010. AFP/ Getty Images / Philippe Lopez

Shanghai Expo closes after six months and 72m visitors
Visitors are seen inside the UK pavilion at the site of the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai on October 29, 2010. AFP/ Getty Images / Philippe Lopez

Shanghai Expo closes after six months and 72m visitors
Visitors walk out of the UK pavilion at the site of the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai on October 29, 2010. AFP/ Getty Images / Philippe Lopez

Shanghai Expo closes after six months and 72m visitors
Pakistani Pavilion at Shanghai Expo 2010

Shanghai Expo closes after six months and 72m visitors
Chinese soldiers walk past a Chinese flag on the Expo boulevard at the site of the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai on October 31, 2010. AFP/ Getty Images / Philippe Lopez

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