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Up to 8,000 lost items find a home at new center

UMBRELLA handles, Moutai Liquor, skateboards and various other things were among more than 8,000 objects that visitors lost at the World Expo over the last six months.

The World Expo organizer yesterday opened a new Lost and Found Center at 588 Madang Road near the Puxi Expo site. Everything visitors lost (and was found) at the Expo has been gathered under one roof to make items easier to claim.

Qian Bojin, director of the Visitors Service Center at the Expo, said the center aimed to reunite all of the possessions with their owners.

The bottle of Moutai Liquor and skateboards, which were not permitted to be brought into the site, were bought by visitors at stores inside the event, but then left behind.

The center even received a bicycle that must have been lost by an Expo staff member as visitors were not allowed to ride bikes in the site.

The most expensive things that had been found were a number of single-lens reflex cameras. Card cameras and mobile phones were the most common belongings, to be lost, Qian said.

Other things included keys, clothes and Expo souvenirs such as Haibao toys that were bought at the site, he added.

About 2,000 people had got their lost things back before the new Lost and Found Center was opened and another 8,386 lost objects are yet to be claimed.

People can visit the center from 9am to 6pm every day until the end of the year, when the center closes. Owners must bring along valid identification such as their identity card or passport to get their item.


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