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Stamps make UBPA popular

MORE than 100,000 visitors have benefited from their stamp collecting tour of the Urban Best Practices Area since a package of policies encouraged more attendance to the Puxi site, Expo organizers said yesterday.

Zhao Kejia, a university teacher from Hunan Province, became the 100,000th visitor to get a copy of the City Name Card brochure to collect stamps and change them for reserve tickets to designated national pavilions in Pudong.

Zhao received a gift package with reserve tickets to the China, Saudi Arabia, Germany, Italy and Czech Republic pavilions.

"I've wanted to see the Expo long before the six-month event opened," Zhao said. And finally both the opportunity and good luck came her way.

Zhao and her sister, who had visited the Expo on Monday, had already benefitted from the policy, visiting the China Pavilion after collecting 16 stamps from their UBPA tour.

Sun Liansheng, director of the UBPA, said the new policy was effective, generating more than 100,000 visitors on average each day to the UBPA, a big jump from the original 10,000-plus.

Visitors have to get a copy of the City Name Card at the information desk in the northern section of the UBPA, collect stamps from the cases on it, and then exchange the brochure for a reserve ticket to one of the three popular pavilions - China, Saudi Arabia and Italy.

The Italy Pavilion only joined the stamp collecting activity this month. After collecting six stamps, three from Italy's cases - Venice, Bologna and the country's environmental protection department, visitors can access the national pavilion in Pudong.

There are 500 chances to see the Italy Pavilion, 180 for the Saudi Arabia Pavilion and 2,000 for the China Pavilion available every day to visitors at the UBPA.

For those interested in Germany, Spain and the Czech Republic pavilions, they can go to the three countries' cases and get reserve tickets after collecting a certain amount of stamps.

Since the number of brochures is limited and those to the Saudi Arabia Pavilion are distributed within 10 minutes, visitors usually rush to the information desk. And Expo authorities warn visitors to be careful, especially when they cross a bridge.


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