The Shanghai World Expo, which closed Sunday, made history and set new standards for the number of participants and visitors, officials said. Prime Minister Wen Jiabao described the fair as “splendid”, saying it “truly brought together people around the globe”. Officials say a record 72m people – most of them from across China – visited pavilions staged by more than 240 countries and organizations, according to BBC News. China has reportedly spent some USD 60 bln preparing for the fair. The figure – mentioned in Chinese state media – is more than was spent on the Beijing Olympics in 2008.