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Planning for the big rush

PAVILIONS are now preparing to step up security measures, including extending the length of guardrails and restructuring waiting areas, to get ready for the anticipated increase in attendance for the World Expo's final two months.

Attendance will likely surpass 600,000 people on some days, a major rise from the daily average of around 450,000 at present.

"The anticipated crowds will undoubtedly bring even more people to less-popular pavilions," said Liu Junxiang, vice minister of management for zones A and B.

"We will increase the length of guardrails by 3,000 meters at waiting areas for 33 pavilions," Liu said. "More staff will be sent to keep order and prevent queue jumping."

New guardrails have been set up along Shibo Avenue, outside the Republic of Korea Pavilion, to bring more order to the area.

The area is often crowded due to long queues of people waiting to enter the pavilion or at the bus stop.

Two snakelike passages have also been added to the pavilion's waiting area to meet the demand of more visitors.

The Australia Pavilion has added an extra two rows of barriers in its waiting area as it averages about 45,000 visitors per day.

"The extra two rows will increase the queue by 10 percent," said Caitlin Bell, assistant director of the pavilion.

"We look forward to welcoming the extra people who will come to see the magnificent Australian Pavilion before the conclusion of this very successful World Expo," Bell added.

Guardrails will be extended by 1,000 meters at Shangnan Road Entrance and 1,300 meters at Gaoke Road Entrance. The addition at Shangnan Road will allow 20,000 more people in the queue.

A spokesperson for the Germany Pavilion, one of the most popular pavilions in Zone C, however said higher quality is preferred over "more quantity."

"Rather than pursuing a long queue, which we've already had, we'd like to ensure comfort to all visitors and hope they can take their time to look at the displays inside," said Mareen Hoeppner, press assistant at Germany Pavilion.


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