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Student luckiest visitor

A 24-year-old Shanghai woman currently studying in Australia was the luckiest visitor to Expo yesterday as she became the first winner of a weekly draw for a free 7-day trip for two to the United Arab Emirates.

"I thought it was a fraud when the pavilion told me I'd won the lucky draw," said Qian Yunyun, a senior student in accounting at Deakin University in Melbourne.

Qian had returned to Shanghai last month to visit Expo and heard the lucky draw on the Expo Online Website.

She was one of about 11,000 entrants who qualified for the first round draw held yesterday.

Those correctly answering 10 questions on, the UAE Pavilion's Website, become eligible for winning the trip with free air tickets, five-star hotel accommodation and meals.

Two people will be drawn every week during the 184-day Expo. The previous week's winner will draw the next lucky person's name every Thursday in the pavilion.

Other random lucky draws will also be held. A total of 104 people will be picked out during the Expo.

Participants must give correct answers to 10 fixed choice questions, including how many emirates comprise the UAE and which is the UAE capital city on the Website. "We do not mind participants searching the answers online because our main purpose is to push them to get to know more about our country," said Salem Saeed al-Ameri, commissioner general of the UAE's Expo participation.

There are plenty of other prizes to win at Expo. Suzhou city pavilion in the Urban Best Practices Area, is handing out tourism coupons to visitors, aiming to attract more people to the reputed "Venice of the East" during and after Expo.

There are also lucky pavilion draws offering the chance of a free trip to Suzhou.

The pavilion, shaped like a classical Suzhou garden, highlights the city's efforts to preserve and renovate historical buildings. Visitors can view Kunqu Opera performances inside the pavilion.


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