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2nd preview runs smoother at Expo

JUST as the rain stopped and the sky cleared up yesterday morning, so did things improve in the second preview of the World Expo 2010.
With only one quarter of the first day's 200,000 visitors, and with improvements in site services, yesterday's Expo operation ran smoother than the not-ready-for-prime-time preview that many experienced on Tuesday.

But most national pavilions were still unfinished yesterday, and long queues formed outside some pavilions that did open.
Most visitors reached the Expo site far earlier than the 9am opening hour.

To avoid the congestion at some entrances seen on preview day one, people were being let in an hour early at the main entrance on Yaohua Road.
Jie, a 62-year-old local who entered the site at 8am, said the move was quite considerate.

"It's much better than what I saw on TV news about the first trial," Jie said.

But she also wished that volunteers would understand the Expo site better. When she asked where the France Pavilion is, most volunteers near Zone A shook their heads, explaining, "We only know about where we are working." (Hint: It's in Zone C)

Assane Ndiaye, a student from Senegal at Shanghai University, said volunteers were "very, very, very nice" to him. Working at the African Union Commission Pavilion for the first day, he got lost and, thanks to volunteers' help, was finally headed the right way.

Headaches over food and drinks on Tuesday were largely alleviated yesterday because restaurants had brought in more food.
And the reservation machines were working yesterday - no more break-downs.

With volunteers helping at the machines, visitors who tried their luck before 10:30am all booked times for the China Pavilion with satisfaction.
Bus service still drew some complaints. "I spent about half an hour to find a single bus stop," one visitor said. "There were no signs."


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