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Expo invites its first visitors

EXPO construction workers, relocated residents and people living nearby will be among the first visitors to the 2010 World Expo when they are invited to the site on April 20, a senior Expo official said yesterday.

Deputies to Shanghai People's Congress, the city's top legislative body, and the local committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, the city's top political advisory body, will also be invited to check and advise on preparation works at the first trial operation ahead of the Expo opening in May.

The organizers will hold five trial operations before April 26 to minimize the possibility of things going wrong, said Chen Xianjin, deputy director general of the Bureau of Shanghai World Expo Coordination.

A total of 150,000 people will be invited to the first test run.

More than 20,000 construction workers are working at the Expo site. A total of 18,000 families have been relocated from the Expo site to new residences built by the city government.

Officials from the country's provinces and municipalities will be invited to the second and third test runs on April 22 and 23.

Some 300,000 and 500,000 people from home and abroad will fill the Expo site at the fourth run on April 24 and the fifth on April 25.

They will be putting exhibition pavilions, security and volunteer arrangements, visitor services and logistics to the test.

The organizer is to ask local neighborhoods, schools, organizations and companies to choose who can take part in the last two test runs.

The organizer will rectify and improve some facilities at the Expo site as necessary on April 21 and 26 according to how the test runs go.

The opening ceremony of the Expo will be held on the night of April 30, while the Expo site will open to visitors on May 1.


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