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Half-price tickets at tourist attractions

The city’s tourist attractions were also busy yesterday as a result of half-price admissions to mark China Tourism Day.

At the Shanghai Oriental Pearl TV Tower in the Pudong New Area visitors were told that they would need to wait two hours at 10am. The wait time extended to three-and-a-half hours by 11am.

“The number of visitors this Sunday was equal to the May Day or National Day holiday,” said Zhao Qianqian, an employee of the tower.

The earliest visitor arrived before 7am. The opening time is 8am.

“I came here today because of the cheaper ticket,” said Wu Lanying, a Shanghainese retiree who traveled with her husband all the way from Yangpu District.

Wu came on Saturday as she made a mistake and returned home after being told the ticket was full price.

“I also plan to visit the Shanghai Science and Technology Museum,” she said.

The Shanghai Ocean Aquarium not far away had the same offer. The operator used online bookings to cut the waiting time of ticketing.

“It took me almost two hours on the road but it is worthwhile because it is a big bargain for three people,” said Liu Jing, from Minhang District who came to the aquarium with her parents.

The Chenshan Botanical Garden in Songjiang District received more than 18,000 visitors as of 3pm yesterday, double the normal Sunday figure, its operator said.

In total, 70 tourist attractions across Shanghai offered half-price admission yesterday.

These included Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center, Shanghai Disney Resort, Shanghai Tower, the 88th-floor observatory of Jin Mao Tower and the Bund’s sightseeing tunnel, according to the Shanghai Administration of Culture and Tourism.

Parks such as Chenshan Botanical Garden, Century Park, Shanghai Zoo, Gucun Park, Binjiang Forest Park, Zuibaichi Park, Yuehu Sculpture Park, Gongqing Forest Park, Guyi Garden and the Dongping National Forest Park were also included.


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