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Poll reveals Expo intentions

CHINESE people say they are willing to spend an average of 1,522 yuan (US$222) each at the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai on food, shopping and other activities, according to data from an online survey released yesterday.

According to the survey, compiled by worldwide marketing services company Millward Brown-ACSR and Ogilvy, 38 percent of respondents said they would visit the Expo.

About 51 percent of those respondents who were intending to go said they were looking forward to visiting the United States Pavilion, even though the country has not yet confirmed its participation in the event.

About 41 percent said they were looking forward to visiting the France Pavilion.

Other participants that generated a lot of interest included the United Kingdom, Japan and Egypt.

About 80 percent said they wanted to learn about foreign cultures and arts at the Expo, while 72 percent said new technology would be one of their main purposes for attending.

A total of 13,991 people took part in the survey, held from February to mid-March across the country.


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