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Faster access planned

EXPO visitors may no longer need to wait for several hours to enter popular pavilions.

The Expo organizer is considering letting people who have visited the Urban Best Practices Area on the Puxi site to have quicker access to popular national pavilions in Pudong to balance visitor flows, a senior official said yesterday.

The national pavilion of China, the extremely popular venue with a daily capacity limited to 50,000 people, may also be involved.

About five national pavilions have decided to adopt the change soon, Sun Liansheng, director of the UBPA Department of the Expo Bureau, said yesterday.

He said detailed plans would be announced on Tuesday.

Germany has started providing VIP access to those who collect four electric stamps at its UBPA city pavilions of Hamburg, Bremen, Dusseldorf and Freiburg.

About 100 such express passes are being issued in Puxi every day.

Spain will adopt a similar policy early next week, requiring three stamps on the Expo Passport from its Madrid, Barcelona and Bilbao pavilions to get VIP access, a pavilion official said.

The organizer will expand the new policy and more passes will be allocated to each pavilion, Sun said.

The Expo site in Pudong has been packed with visitors and plagued by long queues since the event opened on May 1 but the Puxi side is less crowded.

The new policy is expected to improve crowd management efficiency, Sun said.

"People can save up to two hours for a popular pavilion visit by seeing some UBPA pavilions first, or they have to wait and wait," he said.

The organizer will also improve transport to make it easier for visitors to shuttle within the sites on both sides of the Huangpu River, he added.

At present, only a sole ferry route takes visitors from Pudong to the UBPA area. Cross-river buses only stop at corporate pavilions and visitors have to walk several hundred meters to city pavilions.

For the China Pavilion, the organizer might also let patrons who collect stamps from pavilions in the Urban Best Practices Area to have quicker access, said deputy pavilion director Qiang Zhiguang.


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