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Heat thrills foreigners

THE broiling weather has delighted some foreign visitors to the World Expo because there are fewer crowds and shorter queues.

"The weather is extremely hot, but compared to long queues everywhere, the weather is OK," said Frenchwoman Sardine Agnelli, who came with her husband during their summer holiday.

More foreign visitors, most of whom do not like the massive crowds, can be seen at the Expo site on the hottest days.

At the same time, the number of Chinese visitors has dropped since the temperature soared in the past few days.

Less than 330,000 visitors entered the site yesterday, the third day in succession with attendance under 400,000, which the Expo organizer estimated as a daily average.

"We are lucky that we came to the Expo in the city's hottest weather," said Gareth Atkinson from the United Kingdom.

He and his wife visited six pavilions before 4pm, waiting for less than 30 minutes at each one.

They planned to visit two more days due to the short wait times despite the hot weather.

The average waiting time was about an hour at most pavilions, including the Russia, Spain and United Kingdom ones, on the Pudong side yesterday.

Before the heat wave, people usually had to wait three hours to enter those pavilions.

The Netherlands and Luxemburg pavilions, which were also among the most popular venues previously, had no queues yesterday.

The Saudi Arabia, Japan and Germany pavilions had the longest waiting time at three hours, but it was about half of what was before.

Meanwhile, almost no waiting time was needed to enter most pavilions at night.

Shanghai Daily found there was only a 10 to 20 minute wait for the Spain and Russia pavilions after 8pm.

The situation was the same at some popular corporate pavilions in Puxi. People needed to wait for three hours to enter the Oil Pavilion, the most popular in Puxi.

A university student Jules De la Fayette from Holland said he was surprised he could get in the SAIC-GM Pavilion, another popular corporate pavilion, after waiting only 20 minutes.

People also found it was easier to get around the massive Expo site in the past few days as the free shuttle buses were less crowded.


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