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China Pavilion tickets sold on Internet

RESERVATION tickets for China Pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo are being sold by scalpers on the Internet, with prices ranging from 100 yuan (US$14.64) to 350 yuan each.

A man surnamed Zhang yesterday said on Baidu Post Bar that he could apply for plenty of reservation tickets for China Pavilion every day through a travel agency, and was selling the tickets for 350 yuan each.

Zhang claimed that he was working for Shanghai Spring International Travel Agency, and said visitors should make a reservation one day in advance so he could apply for an assigned visitor number.

"If you book the tickets for a group, I can offer you a great discount - 200 yuan for each ticket," said Zhang.

The ticket scalper's business has aroused a fierce discussion, with many people saying Zhang was out of his mind to charge so much money for a ticket that's free at the Expo site.

Some also blamed him for holding public resources for his own profits, as many other visitors may not able to see the pavilion due to the lack of tickets.

But Zhang said his business was prosperous and his customers were already queuing up for his tickets.

Zhang Wuan, a spokesman of Shanghai Spring International Travel Agency, denied running the ticket scalping business and said the scalper was not an employee.

"He is using the popularity of our company to cheat his customers," said the spokesman.


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