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You can't skate in here, and other visitor rules

SKATEBOARDS, rollerblades and lighters will not be permitted on the World Expo site. Water, other drinks and pets will also be prohibited.

The Expo organizer yesterday issued a guidebook for visitors, listing the banned items and other information.

Visitors can bring non-liquid food and fruit into the site. Necessary medicines, milk for babies and cosmetics will also be allowed after security checks at the entrances.

Smoking areas will be set up around the site, where smokers will be able to light up. Smoking will be banned everywhere else.

Visitors will allowed to take photographs or videos, but must obey the rules of pavilions or performance venues that may prohibit flash in front of some paintings or during performances, said Huang Jianzhi, deputy director of the Bureau of Shanghai World Expo Coordination.

But the organizer does not approve of people taking wedding photos, because that may disturb other visitors, Huang said.

Visitors can dial 962010 for details of services including rentals, lost and found, first aid, mother and baby services and assistance for lost persons.

Lighters or drinks confiscated at entrances will be returned when visitors leave the Expo site.

No additional fees will be charged for entering the more than 130 pavilions or for performances on the site.

Visitors can reserve tickets for up to six pavilions, including the China Pavilion or one of the Theme Pavilions along with five foreign pavilions.

Visitors can book either the China Pavilion or one of the five Theme Pavilions at more than 170 reservation machines at 20 places on the site and there will be reservation machines at the entrance of more than 20 foreign pavilions.

Volunteers will be on hand to help visitors make reservations.

The organizer recommends visitors first reserve the China Pavilion after entering the site. It is expected people will be able to visit about three of the most popular pavilions and another five pavilions in an eight-hour period, Huang said.

The organizer may conduct health checks on visitors in case of epidemics. For example, all visitors would have their temperatures taken if there is a SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) outbreak during the Expo, said Huang. Visitors would be informed via large screens on the site and at more than 1,000 volunteer stations outside.

Terms and conditions for Expo visitors are available at


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