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More bus services for water town

THE number of buses between Shanghai and the neighboring water town Zhouzhuang will be lifted to 40 a day during the Expo, Li Zhong, Zhouzhuang town's party chief said over the weekend.

Currently just five to eight shuttle buses run from the Shanghai Tourist Center and the famous scenic town near Jiangsu Province's Suzhou City.

"The number of daily bus services between Shanghai and Zhouzhuang will be at least 20 there will be 40 shifts on peak days," Li told a group of visiting journalists on Saturday.

This town has recently been given approval by the Bureau of Shanghai World Expo Coordination to use the Expo Mascot Haibao, Li said. Expo's fireworks will also be tested in Zhouzhuang, he said.

To attract more visitors during the Expo, the town, 90 kilometers away from Shanghai, has added more tourist venues to its traditional attractions. As well as its two main streets and river, visitors will also be able to visit its wetlands, fishing ponds and a newly-built peacock park.

Highlighting the town's artistic heritage, the town has turned some old shops into artists' studios and the art village now boasts more than 100 studios.

The town will build hotels for business travelers and government officials as well as budget hotels and will turn some homes into home-stay inns.

More than 3 million tourists visited the town last year. Zhouzhuang now has a population of over 20,000 and a history dating back to the Spring and Autumn Period (770 BC-476 BC).


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