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Long lines greet new art museum

THE China Art Museum, formerly the China Pavilion during World Expo 2010 in Shanghai, attracted long queues on the first day of its trial opening yesterday.

In anticipation of large crowds during the national holiday, visitor numbers have been limited to 10,000 a day, with 8,000 reserved for groups and 2,000 for individuals.

There were almost 300 people outside the art palace before it opened at 9am.

"I came here as early as 4:30am," said a man surnamed Chen, who was first in the queue. "I visited the Shanghai Expo 17 times and I love the China Pavilion," he said.

By 3pm some 7,500 visitors had entered the museum.

However, people who hadn't made reservations were disappointed.

"I didn't reserve the tickets on the Internet, because they were fully booked," said Thomas Wu, a 35-year-old local consultant. "But the security today is strict, no tickets, no entry. Actually a careful planning for a free wandering to an art museum sounds not so do-able in the future. If the group reservation is set to 8,000, then it will become a tourist destination rather than an art museum."

Office worker Wang Qifan said: "I reserved the tickets earlier for the first-day entry of the museum. I am rather curious about what such a spacious art museum offers."

For the holiday opening, visitors were able to reserve tickets via Wu Wenwen, a museum spokeswoman, said: "Based on our experience during the national holidays, a more feasible visiting mode will be worked out later."

The China Pavilion was one of 2010 World Expo's top attractions, receiving nearly 17 million visitors.

The new museum has 27 halls extending about 64,000 square meters.

It has five themed exhibitions as the Shanghai government works to expand the cultural influence of the World Expo on the city. The former Shanghai Art Museum, currently in an old horse-racing club on Nanjing Road, is moving to the museum.

Shanghai's new contemporary art museum, Power Station of Art, also opened to the public yesterday. By 3pm it had welcomed 2,500 visitors. The museum, China's first government-supported contemporary art museum, is housed in the former Urban Future Pavilion.

The current exhibition is "Reactivation," attracting 98 artists from 27 countries and regions.

The space now covers nearly 41,200 square meters with 12 exhibition halls.

Many other scenic spots in Shanghai saw a visitor boom yesterday.

Century Park had 35,000 visitors, an increase of 169 percent over the same period of last year, the Oriental Land park had 12,000, up 167 percent, the Sheshan Hill National Forest Park 33,500, soaring 259 percent, and the Fengjing Water Town 45,600, an increase of 196 percent.

Other attractions such as the Jinshan City Beach, the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Chenshan Botanic Garden and Happy Valley also reported 59 to 217 percent increases in visitor numbers.


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