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Armed police, guards get to enjoy Expo

AFTER three months some of the World Expo's security guards and armed police finally got to see why millions of people are coming to see the world fair.

The Shanghai Pavilion yesterday, which was Army Day, invited 20 guards and armed police to visit some pavilions, including the United States, Norway and Sweden.

The soldiers ran around the Expo site like children in spite of the scorching sun, said Min Hang, the leader of the armed police team.

The soldiers, all around 23 years old, wanted to take a slide in the Sweden Pavilion but were not allowed because they hadn't made a reservation, Min said.

"We have been excited since last night because we have only seen the exterior of the pavilions and have kept dreaming about the exhibitions inside," said Wu Zhe, 23, who works at the No.5 Gate.

The soldiers ironed their clothes for the trip after they finished work the previous night, said Huang Tao, Wu's squad leader.

Wu's favorite pavilion was the Shanghai Pavilion, because a movie about the city's development in the past century reminded him of his childhood.

A Shanghai Pavilion official said the soldiers had been working hard to ensure safety at the event and they wanted to give them a chance to have a good time.

The official said the foreign pavilions supported the idea and invited the soldiers for a visit.

Wu, who graduated from Shanghai Business School and majored in architecture, abandoned a high salary job at the East China Architectural Design and Research Institute to become an armed police in September 2009.

"I will have many chances to make money, but I may have only a single chance to work at the Expo," he said.

Wu said the biggest Expo reward for him and other soldiers was that they have learned to be more patient. He said it was important to keep a good attitude because they had to persuade some impolite visitors to abandon some items that are banned from the site.


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