上海世博会的闭幕式最终还是没能像6个月之前一样挣得足够版面。作为在全国具有标杆位置的都市报，新京报“吝啬”到在头版只给了一条右下方的两栏导读：世 博184天迎客7300万。本地媒体当然要热烈隆重，东方早报超常规地在周一的日子里推出128个版，其中有10个版栏口写着“光荣与梦想”，80个写着 “致上海”。新闻晨报用套红大字宣布，上海世博实现了总书记的要求－－“成功精彩难忘”，8万名年轻的志愿者得到集体表彰。在上海拥有发行市场的扬子晚报，则借用温家宝的感慨作为头版标题：一日观世博，胜读十年书。
媒体看中国 | 2010.11.01
该报写道，"世博会是个机会，不用出国即可看世界，一大部分中国人付不起外国旅行的费用，对他们来说，得到一本（真正的）护照依然是相对困 难的事。尽管等待时间漫长，超过7千万的中国人参观了246个国家和组织参展的世博会。国际展览局秘书长洛塞塔雷斯（Vicente Gonzalez Loscertales）说，'创了纪录，参展者最多，参观者人数最多，展览的占地面积也超过以往'。"
该报认为，"纪录肯定是要打破的，这在事先就已经明确了。如同两年前的奥运会一样，北京领导人把世博会看作是宣传上的大事，应该突出中国的经济成 就。人大委员长吴邦国就提醒过，应该办成'成功、精彩、难忘'的世博会。在开头有些让人失望之后，上海市就动员了大中小学和国家企业的大量人员参观世博 会，为了最后按照计划突破7000万人的界限。10月16日，在一天之内进入世博会场地参观者的甚至超过100万人，这在世界博览会的历史上也是创纪录 的。可是，并非所有人都为之振奋。德国馆发言人孔拉蒂（Marion Conrady）说；'一百万人在场地内肯定是太多了'。总体而言，对组织者的赞扬不如北京的奥运会之后那样热烈。"
"观众所能看到的，当然只是对其它国家生活的短暂了解，大部分是用录像投射到屏幕上的。最好的展示是那些将观众纳入其中的展馆。……在一份民意调查 中，人们赞扬德国馆的信息内容和娱乐价值。孔拉蒂说，'中国人好奇得让人难以置信，有时他们的好奇心没有界限。' 开始时，德国人抱怨入口处的冲撞和谩骂，在向主办方书面申诉之后，据说治安人员控制了局面。"
该报还写道，世博会的场地在未来如何利用，"还很不清楚"。"上海市副市长含糊地宣布应该成为'文化交流、会展和市民的公共场所'。可是，上海市对 世博会和扩大基础设施估计投资了400亿美元，恐怕不会放弃也从经济上对这块宝地加以利用，很可能会建造昂贵的住宅楼房。一些人宁愿延长展览时间，因为他 们觉得在展出6个月之后全都拆除是与可持续的口号相违背的。但是，国际展览局的规定是，各国到明年5月1日完全拆除它们在总共超过5平方公里的场地上的设 施。"
Curtain comes down on Shanghai's record-breaking world expo
BY ATSUSHI OKUDERA AND KEIKO YOSHIOKA THE ASAHI SHIMBUN
A huge mascot joins the grand finale for the Shanghai World Expo 2010. (Photo by Hiroyuki Yamamoto/ The Asahi Shimbun)
SHANGHAI--The Shanghai World Expo 2010 officially wound down Sunday with a lavish closing ceremony, after a six-month run that rewrote the record books for world expositions.
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao told an expo forum on Sunday morning that the expo had been "an unforgettable event."
It attracted 73.08 million visitors, more than any previous world expo. A total of 246 countries and international organizations took part, another record.
"(The country) was able to invite African and South American countries, North Korea and others that expo hosts in the past could not," said Wu Jinan, a researcher with the Shanghai Institute for International Studies.
China spent $100 million (8 billion yen) in aid to allow poorer nations to take their places on the Shanghai site.
The event was buffeted by a series of problems, including suspected plagiarism of the official theme song from a Japanese singer and problems with ticketing for the popular China Pavilion. In recent weeks, officials appear to have had to work assiduously to insulate the expo from anti-Japan protests triggered by the row over the Senkaku Islands.
But China has reaped significant gains on both international and domestic stages from its huge investment in the event.
Hiroshi Tsukamoto, commissioner-general of Japan for the expo, said: "China's greatest gain from the expo must have been the public's recognition of their own country's development and success. It gave them confidence."
An estimated 95 percent of the event's record-breaking throngs of visitors were Chinese.
Chen Xinkang, a professor of business management at the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, said the expo's real goal was to improve China's international image and its national strength.
"In the process of China's development, the (2008 Beijing) Olympics and the Expo were paths that had to be taken," Chen said.
"Even when more than a million people visited a day, it was operated without a hitch in water and power supply and without traffic disruption," Chen said. "At the Oil Pavilion, visitors patiently waited 12 hours in line to see a film lasting 10-odd minutes."
The delicate issue of Japan and China's frayed relations following the arrest of a Chinese trawler captain near the Senkaku Islands in September appears to have preyed upon the minds of the event's organizers in recent weeks.
On the Sept. 18 anniversary of the Manchurian incident of 1931, Shanghai's top Chinese Communist Party official visited the Japan pavilions to emphasize the need for strict security to police.
Even when anti-Japan demonstrations raged in Sichuan province on Oct. 17, calm was maintained at the Japan Pavilion, where people waited in line for up to six and a half hours.
A visit to Shanghai by a group of about 1,000 young Japanese, originally slated to start on Sept. 21, was suddenly postponed.
When about 680 youths finally visited late last month, they were largely kept out of the public eye. Exchange activities with Chinese youths, which had been expected to receive wide media coverage, received little publicity.
The group's buses were escorted by police vehicles and participants were discouraged from going into town alone. Their shopping was limited to visiting a department store after regular business hours.
"Should participants suffer (from harassment), it would develop into a diplomatic problem," a Chinese source said.
In his speech Sunday, Wen made an affectionate mention of the Japanese "Expo Granny," Tomiyo Yamada, who visited the expo every day during its six-month run.
However, Wen did not mention the Japan Pavilion or the Japan Industrial Pavilion, apparently drawing a line between official relations and exchanges between citizens.