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Overwhelming crowds as China Pavilion reopens

Visitors' enthusiasm for the reopened China Pavilion is far out of the organizer's expectations when tens of thousands people swarmed the ticket office this morning, the first day of the pavilion's reopening.

At 9:30am, crowds began to gather. The waiting line in front of the ticket office next to the Yaohua Road Station of Metro Line 8, stretched for several hundred meters, forcing a large number of policemen and armed soldiers to come and keep the order.

Though 16 ticket windows were added after the original 10 windows fell short of need, people still had to wait up to four hours to buy the tickets.

An official with the city's Expo bureau, surnamed Ma, told Shanghai Daily that people's enthusiasm was far beyond their expectations. And visitors do not need to rush to see the pavilion because "we have enough tickets and people can buy as many as they want," Ma said.

He also said more ticket windows will be opened later in the day and a new ticket policy will be announced tomorrow to shorten the time of ticket buying.

The reopened China Pavilion has kept most of its Expo exhibits and will open until May 31 next year. Each ticket costs 20 yuan (US$3).


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