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China Pavilion puts measures in place to cope with visitor numbers

TO avoid long queues, the Shanghai World Expo organizer will require most of the visitors to the China Pavilion to make reservations before their visits.

For anyone who can't get in during the event, the exhibition and the pavilion will remain on site after the 2010 event is over, a senior Expo organizer says.

The organizer expects 50,000 people to visit the China Pavilion every day while more than 400,000 visitors will visit the Expo site every day.

All the visitors to the Expo site may want to see the host country's pavilion, but only about 10 percent of them are able to enter the pavilion, says Chen Xianjin, deputy director general of the Bureau of Shanghai World Expo Coordination.

People will be able to make reservations at 200 machines on the Expo site on the day of their visits. Group visitors can reserve online several days beforehand.

The machines will indicate whether reservations are full.

The organizer is also considering not allowing holders of night tickets which cost 90 yuan (US$13.14) (standard ticket is 160 yuan) to enter the China Pavilion, Chen says.

Visitors need to take lifts to begin their journey in the pavilion and take escalators to leave.

The organizer is to compile some tips for visitors to the China Pavilion for publication.


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