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Queue-jumpers irk Expo visitors

PEOPLE who jump queues are the biggest headache for Expo visitors, followed by jostling and bumping, smoking and littering, according to a survey released today by the Shanghai's statistics authority.

The China Pavilion is the most popular, with the Japan Pavilion ranked second with high-tech exhibits.

The Saudi Arabia Pavilion, with queues of more than five hours, is the third most popular, the survey found. Its major attractions were the movie and its outstanding appearance.

France and Germany pavilions are the fourth and fifth most visited.

Before the Expo opened, the United States Pavilion was the most popular according to an online survey that nearly half of Chinese visitors said they would like to visit, followed by the France and United Kingdom pavilions.

More than half of the respondents said they had seen bad manners among Expo visitors, including 11 percent who reported occasional lapses in behavior. People lying on lawns around the site were also a big problem for other visitors, the survey said.

The Shanghai Statistics Bureau received responses from 500 visitors over 18 years old at the site, with about 80 percent living outside the city.

Visitors stayed at the Expo site for 10.3 hours and visited 6.4 pavilions a day on average. During the test operation, people stayed for six hours and visited only 2.7 pavilions.

About 97.4 percent of visitors lined up for more than 15 minutes to enter pavilions.

Visitors suggested the pavilions add some performances or play some music at the waiting areas.

Visitors mostly needed updated information of crowd flows around the Expo site, including numbers lining up at popular pavilions. More traffic information and performance calendars were also in demand.

Visitors also suggested setting up more chairs and drinking points around the site and providing hot water.


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