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Morning ritual: Dash for the busiest pavilions

VISITORS have found a solution to see popular pavilions without queuing for several hours - run as fast as possible to their pavilion of choice as soon as the Expo site opens at 9am.

Every morning, flocks of people can be seen running, like the start of a marathon race, from every Expo entrance to various pavilions while the "Better City, Better Life," theme song blares out across the site.

Many, including some seniors and adults with kids, dash to the Saudi Arabia Pavilion, which has wait times of up to nine hours, or the Japan Pavilion, where queues can last at least five hours.

"I got a ticket for the China Pavilion at the Expo entrance and now I can enter the Japan Pavilion in 30 minutes, so the run was totally worthwhile," said Chen Zude from Shandong Province who arrived at the entrance at 7:30am.

The Expo site opens at 9am while pavilions open at 9:30am.

The Expo organizer will not ban the "morning rush" because the visitors have not broken any rules, Song Laixin, a spokesperson of the Visitors Service Center, told Shanghai Daily.

However, Song said Expo workers will use loudspeakers to try and convince people to slow down to avoid injuries.

People are even running to get one of the 1,000 daily copies of City Name Card booklets. The booklets allow a person to collect stamps on the Puxi side that allow fast access to the China Pavilion.

One visitor said yesterday that he didn't even know why he was running.

"I just saw many people running in the same direction, so I followed them," the man told Shanghai Daily.

The morning rush lasts about 15 minutes - the length of time it takes for the popular pavilions to be packed with crowds waiting to get in.

People are also posting tips on Websites to help those planning to go to the Expo.

One suggested that "those who are good at long-distance running should target the Saudi Arabia Pavilion, which is about 800 meters to the nearest entrance, while short-distance runners should choose the China Pavilion, which is close to the No. 6 entrance on Shangnan Road."

Visitors have also picked out the quickest running routes to various pavilions. For example, a visitor suggested those who want to dash for the Japan Pavilion enter the site from the left-most turnstile at the Bailianjing Entrance.

In Puxi, volunteers stand along roads holding signs to guide the visitors to the distribution site of the City Name Card booklets.


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