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Pin trading popular

TRADING souvenir pins has become the latest Expo trend with visitors keen to make swaps with workers and volunteers.

Many visitors are asking volunteers to trade as they have limited-edition pins that were issued by the Expo organizer or their universities.

"When visitors come over, they now not only ask for directions, but often ask 'may I exchange a pin with you'," said Bai Zhongwei, a volunteer from Fudan University who serves at a bus station.

Most volunteers agree to trade, she said.

Bai said the exchanges are fun, friendly and create more communication between volunteers and visitors.

"Visitors like to hear the stories behind each pin and they also like to talk about how they got their pins," she added.

Bai has eight pins on her credential belt, including two she picked up in a trade with visitors -- a boat-style pin of the China State Shipbuilding Corporation Pavilion in Puxi and another from the Joint Africa Pavilion in Pudong.

Bai said every volunteer has at least four pins, including a white round badge with the Expo volunteer logo, and a pin of their university.

Most pavilions sell pins in the souvenir stores. The prices are around 15 yuan (US$2.19) each. Many Urban Best Practices Area pavilions give pins for free to visitors.


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