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Ningbo Pavilion welcomes 500,000th visitor

THE Ningbo Pavilion at the Urban Best Practices Area had its 500,000th visitor yesterday.

Jia Xuecheng, a Jiangsu Province native studying at Shanghai Jiaotong University, was gifted a bag of rice seeds after becoming the 500,000th visitor to the pavilion, the only Expo venue showing village development by growing rice and strawberries.

Jia, who stopped at the Ningbo Pavilion for the second time yesterday, said he would share the seeds with his girlfriend from Anhui Province. "We will harvest the rice by ourselves when they're mature."

Jia, being a rural man, has his own land to cultivate the rice but, had he been city-bred, a small piece of land in a Ningbo village and the opportunity to travel and stay at the village are the added perks for being the 500,000th visitor.

Xu Mengting, director of the pavilion, said the rice seeds are from Ningbo City, Zhejiang Province, where rice has been cultivated for about 7,000 years.

The pavilion only expected 600,000 visitors during the six-month event. But now "we are preparing to present a more special gift package for our 1 millionth visitor," the director revealed.

The pavilion displays the practice adopted by Tengtou Village in Ningbo, which Jia can visit, to strike a balance between tourism and environmental protection.


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