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Honeymooners are off to Saudi Arabia

A NEWLYWED Shanghai couple has cancelled plans for a honeymoon in Japan.

Instead, they're off to Saudi Arabia thanks to a pure piece of luck at the World Expo yesterday.

Wan Hua and Li Jin had only been in the queue for the Saudi Arabia Pavilion for about 30 minutes before they entered the official turnstile - and, bingo, they were the one-millionth visitors.

A certificate and two round-trip flights to Saudi Arabia were immediately presented to them.

The pavilion is one of the most popular sites at the Expo park but has been beaten by quite a few other countries to the magic million mark.

That's because the pavilion has a strict 20,000 daily visitor limit and a tour inside involves riding on a conveyer belt, further restricting numbers, according to Abdulhamid Hasan, its director.

Wan and Li said they would fly to Saudi Arabia soon to spend their honeymoon there instead of Japan.

Wan said he felt like he was in a dream.

Hasan said the pavilion would take measures soon to shorten the waiting period for ever-keen visitors.


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