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More than eighty cities from around the world will be exclusively presented to Shanghai World Expo visitors within the Urban Best Practice Area. The area aims to share these cities' creative ideas of heritage protection and sustainable urbanization. Prague, the capital city of the Czech Republic is one of those cities, and its exhibition hall has just been completed.

Situated on the Vltava River, Prague has been the political, cultural, and economic center of the Czech state for more than 1100 years.

Boasting a wealth of historic legacies, the city has been included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites, making the city one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe.

Now entering the Prague hall, visitors are able to take a stroll around a vivid replica of the beautiful city and admire its signature constructions, such as the Charles Bridge and the Astronomical Clock.

Set up in the beginning of the 15th century, the Charles Bridge used to be the most important connection between the Old Town, Prague Castle, and adjacent areas.

Prague has fought hard to be among the winners to be presented in the Urban Best Practice Area. Its long-flourishing history and culture aside, the city's biggest edge is its unique system of flood protection with mobile barriers.

It is hoped that the Prague example can inspire other cities facing the risk of flooding to better protect their great historic and economic assets.

(CCTV April 21, 2010)

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