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A touche for Jin as park sparkles

JIN Jing, an "ambassador" of the Shanghai World Expo, was spotted silently picking up beverage cans thrown away by visitors and putting them into a nearby waste bin at the World Expo park ... on her crutches.

"If you said it's not easy for me to stoop down to pick these cans up you'd be right," said the well-known Chinese woman.

"But it's everybody's responsibility to keep the park tidy and clean. I must do my bit for that commitment."

Jin, hailed as "the prettiest torch bearer," became noted for her bravery in protecting the Olympic torch with her own body during the Paris leg of the 2008 Beijing Olympic torch relay when faced by an attacker.

Now she is making the Expo Park cleaner with her own hands.

"The Expo is not only a stage for different nations and organizations to showcase themselves, but also a chance for Chinese to play host and let visitors both from home and abroad have a pleasant environment and stay here," she said.

The Expo, which opened to the public on Saturday, is the largest world exhibition on record and is expected to attract 70 million visitors from home and abroad.

"There are so many visitors each day, so everybody should be a role model," said the Paralympic athlete, clad in an orange coat.

"If everybody throws his or her beverage cans randomly, the park will be in an awful condition."

A total of 204,000 people visited the Expo on the opening day, and 128,600 toured the park yesterday, said Hong Hao, director-general of the Bureau of Shanghai World Expo Coordination.

Although Jin, the 29-year-old fencer, is modest about her Expo role, she is advocating for awareness of keeping the environment clean and against littering in the park through her own deeds.

"If everybody can carry a plastic bag with him or her, it would be conducive to keeping a clean park," Jin said.

More than 700 tons of garbage was collected on Saturday in the park, according to Hong.

Jin is also seen in a series of public service advertisements to promote the Expo and attract volunteers and serves as a pavilion tour guide at the Expo.

"The park is our home, so we should devote ourselves to making it a nice place," she said.


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