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UBPA starting to gain attention

MORE people are now visiting the Urban Best Practices Area after policies were enacted to balance crowds between the two banks of the Huangpu River at the World Expo site.

About 25 to 30 percent of daily visitors are now stopping in UBPA pavilions, up from about 10 percent in the first couple of weeks, Sun Liansheng, director of the UBPA, said yesterday.

Sun said the policy of collecting 15 stamps at UBPA pavilions in order to get a reservation ticket for either the China or Saudi Arabia pavilions has definitely encouraged more people to visit the Puxi side of the Expo site.

"I'm satisfied with the policy," Sun said. "But I hope more students will visit the UBPA as they may get inspired and learn from the successful experience of other cities."

Take the Madrid Pavilion, which has two cases - the Bamboo House and the Air Tree.

The Bamboo House showcases a housing project in Madrid for low-income families. The homes use solar and wind power to create an eco-friendly living environment.

Sun said cities across the country can learn from it when building apartments for low-income families in future.

The Montreal Pavilion shows how the city successfully dealt with a garbage problem faced by many cities worldwide.

Starting in 1995, the city turned a 20,000-square-meter-wide and 70-meter-deep landfill into a public park.

Along with small crowds, the UBPA has another advantage.

The pavilions are closer together, making it easier and faster to get around compared to the zones with the national pavilions.

Sun also emphasized that all UBPA pavilions have a low-carbon footprint, giving special mention to the Hamburg and London pavilions.


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