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Going to Expo? Carry eats because the lines may be long

A WORD of advice to visitors going to the World Expo during the next five preview days:

Bring your own food and fruit, or eat later than your usual lunch time.

During yesterday's first trial operation, people found the eating places scarce or besieged by long queues, and the food priced a bit higher than outside the site.

Ellen Goodman, from the United States, said she and her husband ended up settling for hamburgers at the USA Pavilion. "When we saw the lines outside some restaurants, we knew it would be too long a wait, so we just kept on walking."

She suggested: "You'd better bring food into the Expo site. It won't be easy to find a place to eat until 2:30pm."

Sarah Macklin of Australia said the food was good, though it was crowded and hard to find a place to sit down. She had Beijing duck and a soup for 30 yuan (US$4.39).

"We'd have to wait about two hours if we wanted to eat at the KFC in Zone C," said another visitor.

And the set meals were priced between 29 to 99 yuan, about 30 percent higher than in other outlets across the city.

Besides food, visitors had to queue for water and beverages, most of which cost the same as outside the Expo site.


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