This is the first time the Little Mermaid has ever left Denmark. I remind myself to be an open heart – but in some ways it reminds me of the act of paying tribute to the Chinese dynasties of old. I need to broaden it up to think it is all goodwill. It should be. It can be! It will be.
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Little Mermaid leaves for Shanghai
Source – China Daily, published 26 March 2010
The renowned Little Mermaid left Denmark’s Copenhagen harbor on Thursday heading for Expo 2010 in Shanghai on its first overseas journey since its birth in 1913.
The goodbye ceremony included dancing as well as children singing songs in Danish and Chinese. After a ribbon cutting ceremony, the statue was lifted from its position in Copenhagen.
It is expected to greet visitor starting from the end of April and will return to the Danish capital by the end of November.
Copenhagen’s city council has approved its landmark statue to be sent to Shanghai during Expo 2010 on March 12, 2009.
The bronze statue was created by Danish sculptor Edvard Eriksen according to Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen’s fairytale that bears the name.
Renowned Chinese artist Ai Weiwei (known for the Olympic Stadium “Bird’s Nest” in Beijing) will create a video installation that will take video footages of the Little Mermaid’s journey to Shanghai. After darkness falls on the Denmark Pavilion, a documentary will be shown on the large screen in the Pavilion about the Little Mermaid’s journey to Shanghai.