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UBPA fast-track options

Collect 16 stamps from a visit to the Urban Best Practices Area in the World Expo site's Puxi section from today and you can trade them for a reserved ticket to the China Pavilion or the Saudi Arabia Pavilion.

The fast-track initiative is among the latest policies announced yesterday by the Expo organizer to increase relatively low attendance to the Puxi section compared to the main exhibition zone in Pudong.

Only 10 percent of Expo visitors have been to the UBPA area since May 1.

UBPA director Sun Liansheng said yesterday that about 1,000 booklets titled "City Name Card" will be distributed at the information desk near the Odense Pavilion every day. Visitors can get a copy by showing their ticket and start collecting stamps.

About 900 to 1,000 reserved tickets to the China Pavilion will be available every day at the UBPA, and about 500 a week to the Saudi Arabia Pavilion.

After collecting 16 stamps, people can choose one of the two reserved tickets at a site next to Puxi site's City Square. The stamps are issued by 15 UBPA cases and one from the entry point to the site.

"We hope visitors can save some queuing time outside popular pavilions in Pudong and see several more pavilions," Sun said.

If a visitor fails to collect all the stamps within a day, the "City Name Card" booklet will be effective when he visits the site again.

The stamp collection rules are included in the booklet.

To better serve visitors to the UBPA, an exit will be opened on Nanchezhan Road at the end of this month. And the Longhua Road E. bus route to the Puxi section is expected to be extended into the UBPA on May 26.

The cross-river transport may be adjusted later in accordance with visitor flows.

The UBPA pavilion organizers have been asked to increase the number of guides and give more explanations.

This was in response to some visitors complaining that there were not enough guides to help them understand the exhibitions.

In addition, a bunch of pavilions in the UBPA have proposed a series of measures designed to attract visitors.

At the Xi'an Pavilion, a total of 50,000 coins from the Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD) will be offered.

At the Liverpool Pavilion, there will be chances to win round-trip air tickets to the city and soccer balls from the Liverpool Football Club.

Sun added that visitors to the Puxi section will be able to see more performances at the City Square. These will not be limited to pavilions and will include ancient Xi'an dances and "bullfights" from the Madrid Pavilion.


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