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'Mini Expo' on the way

THE China Pavilion, scheduled to close its doors to visitors at the end of May, will reopen later as part of a "mini Expo tour," authorities said yesterday.

It will be one of six pavilions - including the extremely popular Saudi Arabia Pavilion and four other foreign pavilions - opening to the public at the same time.

But details on the opening date and tickets have not been revealed.

Qian Zhiguang, director of the China Pavilion, said there will be a short period of maintenance to the pavilion before it opens again.

The Saudi Arabia, Italy, Spain, Russia and France pavilions, which were presented to the city, will also reopen at that time.

Qian said there are no plans to change the content of the China Pavilion, but if visitors want other exhibits, they will consider this.

The Saudi Arabia Pavilion, which along with the China Pavilion was one of the most popular attractions in the six-month event, will retain its original format.

The other four pavilions will have their contents upgraded, with additional cultural, arts and technical attractions added, World Expo authorities said earlier this month.

The 2010 Shanghai World Expo ended on October 31 last year, but the China Pavilion reopened on December 1.

It has received more than 40,000 visitors a day during the past week, including 48,944 on Saturday alone - the highest number since it reopened.


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