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Want to take in visitors?

THE Shanghai Tourism Administration yesterday started recruiting families to host World Expo visitors.

Families who want to receive tourists can sign up at district branches of the Shanghai Women's Federation, which is jointly running the project with the tourism administration.

The administration said it expected to recruit 500 families downtown and 200 on the city's fringes.

Some of the families will provide accommodation while others will just demonstrate community culture in China.

"Officials will evaluate the families' quality according to the hosting family standard," said Su Guangjian, director of the administration's domestic tourism department.

Families who provide accommodation will offer a bedroom with basic hotel facilities, but not dinner. To ensure the food safety, tourists will dine at a designated restaurant or canteen in the neighborhood. The family will get courtesy and language training to have better communication with their guests.

Families not providing accommodation will conduct activities with visitors, such as traditional Chinese folk art or cooking.


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