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Oil now the major draw

THE Oil Pavilion has replaced the Saudi Arabia Pavilion as the Expo's most popular attraction.

The reason is its 4D movie which has been given wide publicity and is proving a must for students who are now on holiday.

The movie, a 3D film projected on a huge wraparound screen tells the story of oil and features outstanding 4D effects.

Along with the Japanese Industry and Space Home pavilions, the Oil Pavilion forms a golden triangle growing in popularity in the Puxi section with visitors having to queue for three to four hours on average to get inside each venue.

Yao Yao, a high school student from Henan Province, said the 4D movie was an attraction she couldn't afford to miss so she didn't mind even a five hour wait.

Li Hong, from Shandong Province, arrived at the Expo site at 6:30am yesterday, and said she chose to line-up for the Oil Pavilion instead of the "too popular" Saudi Arabia one.

But just 90 minutes after the Expo site opened at 9am, staff at the Oil Pavilion put up a notice saying the queuing time was already over five hours for anyone wanting to see the 4D movie "Oil Dream." During peak times yesterday, visitors had to stand in line for seven hours.

It was a similar situation in front of the Japanese Industry and Space Home pavilions.

There were two lines to the Japanese Industry Pavilion. For the one including a movie, the waiting time was about five hours, while for the no-film line people still had to wait for three and a half hours.

The Oil Pavilion is distributing special tickets to reserve visitors' places in the long line if they have to leave to use the toilets or find food and drink.

But pavilion worker Wang Qiang said they'd noticed that some people were selling tickets to those who wanted to skip the queue. They were looking into ways to prevent such cheating.

Wang keeps visitors informed about the queueing time, and often suggests they skip the eight-minute movie and enter the pavilion directly. Few people take that advice.

Though the three pavilions, all popular because of their movies, have been busy since the Expo began, many more visitors are now showing up with the start of the summer vacation. At the Space Home Pavilion, 400 reserve tickets are offered every morning in front of the pavilion. And visitors are being advised to see the pavilions at night when less queuing time is required.


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