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A LUCKY young girl was yesterday allowed to splash around the shallow pond at the Denmark Pavilion and pose for photographs with the Little Mermaid statue.

Pan Yueyu was allowed the special honor after she became the 3 millionth visitor to the pavilion.

The seven-year-old came with her parents from Luoyang, Henan Province, to fulfill her dream of seeing the statue because she loves the fairy tales, including "The Little Mermaid," written by Danish author Hans Christian Anderson.

"It's so amazing. I guess it can be called destiny that the Little Mermaid was also 'waiting' for her super fan," said Pan Tao, the girl's father.

The father said his daughter also loves other Anderson fairy tales such as "The Little Match Girl."

He and his wife also enjoy the stories so they read them to their daughter every night to kiss the "demons" out of her dreams.

Pan Tao said they had heard the Denmark Pavilion had brought the Little Mermaid to the World Expo so they planned a trip to Shanghai.

He said they arrived in the city early yesterday morning and rushed directly to the Expo and then immediately to the Denmark Pavilion.

Christopher Bo Bramsen, Denmark's Commissioner General to the World Expo, also gave Pan Yueyu some Lego sets as a gift.

A pavilion official surnamed Zhan said they were stunned by the pavilion's popularity.

Zhan said they reached the six-month attendance projection of 3 million people just shortly after the half-way point of the Expo.


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