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Your chance to visit like a VIP

PEOPLE can become VIPs at some Expo pavilions by taking part in lucky draws to be held on the Expo Online website every week from early next month, Expo organizers said yesterday.

Ten visitors will be picked out every week to enter each of the Canada and Finland pavilions and enjoy privileges such as personal guides and other services in their VIP rooms, for example, to experience the sauna in the Finland Pavilion for VIPs.

About 30 pavilions, especially those most popular, have been invited to take part in the online lucky draw, said Wang Liping, deputy director of the Expo bureau's Communication and Promotion Department.

Visitors can register at and leave their mobile phone numbers which will then go into the draw.

The organizer is hoping that visitors will visit the real pavilions after visiting their online exhibitions, said Wang.

The website also opened a new version of a virtual Expo passport yesterday where visitors could get virtual stamps from about 300 pavilions after visiting the online exhibitions on the website.

More than 50 million people from both home and abroad have visited the website so far.

Visitors to the site can take a virtual tour of more than 300 pavilions, including the China Pavilion, which has a 30,000-visitor limit to the real thing every day.

The online Expo website opened on November 12 and enables users to see all the pavilions from different angles.

All the pavilions and the whole Expo site can be seen in daytime and night views. The pavilions at night are covered in colorful lights.

A highlight of Expo Online is the "Future City" section, which is similar to online role-playing games. Visitors are able to create a cartoon character and take it for a tour of the Expo site.

Hong Kong film star Jackie Chan, NBA star Yao Ming and Chinese pianist Lang Lang, the three ambassadors for the World Expo Shanghai, as well as Vicente Loscertales, secretary general of the International Expositions Bureau, show up in the game to help users finish their tasks.

The website will also be available after the 2010 event ends. The organizer aims to make the website an "Expo that never ends."


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