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100,000 turn out for damp Expo trial

Light rain did not curb the enthusiasm of the 100,000 visitors to the World Expo 2010 site today on its last test run before the Expo opening on Saturday.

There were few crowds around the 5.28-square-kilometer site, with only a fourth of the visitors of yesterday's fifth preview.

The China Pavilion was still the most popular venue, with the 50,000 tickets to the pavilion snapped up in 45 minutes, about 30 minutes late than previous test runs.

Tickets holders waiting to get in waited around the Chinese provincial pavilion to shelter them from the rain.

The European section appeared less crowded as some popular pavilion such as Germany and Spain were not open.

The Australia Pavilion was the most popular after the China Pavilion today with the site broadcast saying visitors had to wait for three hours to enter.

The organizer installed several hand rails for people who had to wait in front popular pavilions.

About 1,500 large plastic garbage bins were placed across the site after the original bins proved insufficient.

People waited for less than 30 minutes at the main entrance on Yaohua Road, while there were no queues at the entrances on the Puxi side of the Expo site.

Visitors can enter most of the pavilions on the Puxi side, which includes 18 corporate pavilions and dozens of Urban Best Practices cases, without queueing before 10am.

Shuttle buses were less crowded and there were many empty seats on ferries taking visitors to either side of the Huangpu River.

However, the rain produced some large puddles and the elevated pedestrian walkways got slippery. Volunteers stood near stairs to remind people to watch out.


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