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Visitors flocking back

THE number of visitors to the World Expo continued to climb yesterday after they hit an all-time low of 181,700 last Wednesday, a figure attributed to the warning of an approaching typhoon and the fact that it would have been the first day of school.

Yesterday, more than 350,000 visitors toured the Expo site.

September should be the best month to visit the Expo, as the scorching summer heat is already cooling while the site will not be as crowded as in July and August, when students from around the country took advantage of their summer holiday to visit. Organizers are expecting October to be one of the busiest periods as the closing day approaches.

There's plenty of entertainment and prizes on offer for visitors this week in addition to the usual attractions. Here are just three of them:

Shaanxi celebrates

The army of the Qin Dynasty (221-206 BC) and the grandeur of the Tang emperors' tours of inspection will feature at a parade tomorrow to mark the beginning of Shaanxi cultural week.

A total of 300 performers will dress like terra-cotta warriors to replicate the battering array of the Qin army.

Others will dress like a Tang Dynasty emperor and empress as well as civil and military officials.

The parade, which also features rural folk dances, waist drums and Qinqiang opera, will be held on Bocheng Road daily at noon.

Coupons for tourist attractions in the province will be handed out at the Baosteel Stage in the Pudong Expo site.

These will include the Xi'an Museum and Crested Ibis Park in Hanzhong City.

Win a trip to Australia

Visitors can win a free seven-day trip to Australia by logging on to the Australia Pavilion's website,, and taking part in a draw.

All visitors need to do is name the floral emblem of South Australia.

A winner will be selected at random in the middle of October and receive a weeklong family holiday for up to three people.

Gourmet entertainment

A series of artistic performances will be staged at the Gourmet Plaza from Wednesday. The opening show will include a traditional dragon and lion dance, a performance from local band Blue Garden, a cheerleaders' routine and a drum show.

The performances will run until the end of the Expo on October 31.


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