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100,000 enjoy 3rd World Expo preview

The third preview of the World Expo 2010 received wide applauses today from visitors being only half of the first day's 200,000, with a dozen of stalls being newly built to sell breads and steamed buns at much lower prices. No long queues at the entrances and more informative volunteers were armed with sufficient guide maps of the site.

But the guide maps as well as site broadcast and information screens are only in Chinese, dustbins still seems insufficient as most visitors bring some food to the site and long queues formed outside some popular foreign pavilions.

A dozen of stalls from the Jing'an Bakery and the New Asia Snack were newly built across the site, selling breads (10 yuan (US$1.46) for three) and steamed stuffed buns (five yuan for three) with lower prices than restaurants within the site, following complaints on expensive food prices on the previous two test runs.

Volunteers handed out the tickets to the China Pavilion at some of the entrances to the site after visitors passed the security checks - much easier and faster than queuing up in front of reservation machines.

All the 50,000 tickets to the extremely popular pavilion were handed out at 9:45am, only 45 minutes after the site opened.

Visitors scattered to different entrances rather than gathered at the No.6 main entrance and the Metro Line 13, known as the Expo Special Line linking to the site, at the first two test runs.


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