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Expo card will replace need for cash

People will be able to use a single card to pay for all their expenses such as food, traffic and souvenirs at the World Expo Shanghai site.

The Expo organizer yesterday issued a commercial card jointly with Shanghai Commercial Investment Co Ltd, a state-own company under the city's state-owned assets watchdog.

The card will cost about 500 yuan. People can add money on to the cards at a total of 7,000 locations across the city, and they will be on sale at China Post and China
Telecom outlets. The cards are refundable.

Water and other drinks will be banned at the entrance to Expo, so visitors need to buy drinks inside. The 5.28-square-kilometer site will have a total of 85,000 square meters of catering area and plenty of stores selling souvenirs.

The cards will be another means of payment apart from cash and credit cards, said Chen Xianjin, deputy director general of the Shanghai World Expo Coordination.

The cards will be especially convenient for foreign visitors because they won't need to exchange currency, said Miao Mingmin, deputy director of the company's Expo Project Office.

The company will promote the cards to other Yangtze Delta cities after the Expo and hopes to issue 3.5 billion yuan worth of the cards, Miao said.


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