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Security taking center stage at Expo

VISITORS to the World Expo should expect at least two rounds of security checks before they can enter the site, local police officials said yesterday.

The first barriers, located around a 4.5-square-kilometer area in the Expo zone, will subject random visitors to spot checks, said Cheng Jiulong, deputy director of Shanghai Public Security Bureau.

The second barriers, around a 3.28-square-kilometer area, will be more thorough. Every ticket holder can expect to be looked at.

Even with those security precautions, officials calculate they'll be able to admit about 200,000 people per hour, Cheng said yesterday at a press conference about security at the 184-day Expo that starts in 18 days.

The total visitor turnout is expected to reach 70 million.

Starting Thursday, additional control measures will be applied to a 7-square-kilometer area around the Expo site, Cheng said. Only those with special credentials will be allowed to get inside this control zone. That includes people living in residential areas.

More than 15,000 residents and companies in the control zone have applied for the special passes, Cheng said.

Visitors staying in "Expo hotels" - those within a 15-minute car ride to the Expo site - shall undergo strict security checks at the hotel. Guests at hotels that are farther from the Expo site will also be subject to security checks, but the police didn't discuss these measures in detail.

Cheng said hotel registrations will be studied by police as "important and accurate data for predicting possible passenger surge in the city." Along with vehicle volumes on expressways and group tours, the data will help predict congestion, he said.

Cheng said it's still unknown if the site will be opened earlier than the scheduled 9am if turnouts are larger than expected.

Security checks

As part of security measures at the city's two airports, air travelers must limit the total liquid in their checked-in luggage to 2 liters, or they'll have to discard the excess. Each bottle should weigh no more than 500 grams, and no liquid can come on board as carry-on baggage.

Security checks are also in place at the 282 Metro stations in the city.

Banned objects

People are required to show their ID cards when purchasing fireworks and explosive and poisonous chemicals. And no fireworks are to be sold within the Middle Ring Road or used within the Inner Ring Road.

Knife sales will be banned at major supermarkets. Only designated sites will be allowed to sell knives, and purchasers will have to show ID cards. The rule also will also apply to customers buying rat poisons.

Hazardous chemicals will be banned in an area 500 meters around the 5.28-square-kilometer Expo site.

Fourteen flying objects, such as fire balloons, parasails, unmanned aerial vehicles and model airplanes which fly at low altitude, are banned in Shanghai and Jiangsu and Zhejiang provinces. Kites and sky lanterns cannot be flown near the Expo site.


Companies and vehicles transporting hazardous chemicals must apply for a special license from the city's transport authorities before taking to the road. Only local authorized companies will be allowed to transport hazardous substances. Only vehicles with certain passes can enter Shanghai during the six-month event.

Boats entering the city also need special passes.


Shanghai police have worked out strategies to deal with emergencies such as fires, accidents and breakdowns of the power and water systems at the Expo site.


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