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A last look at the Expo site from up on high

A SIGHTSEEING platform on Lupu Bridge, which links Puxi and the Pudong New Area, will again open to the public next Tuesday, offering a bird's eye view of many World Expo buildings that are about to be demolished and fade into history.

It might be exciting news for Expo fans and visitors to Shanghai, but the entrance ticket price has increased from 38 yuan (US$5.72) per visitor to 80 yuan, causing some complaints online.

According to a local news website, many netizens said the "price hike was too excessive."

An official with the platform's management surnamed Fan said there was no "price hike" as the 80 yuan ticket price was the original price from when the platform first opened to visitors on May 1, 2009.

But they had cut the price to 68 or 38 yuan early this year to attract more visitors.

The platform closed on March 22 due to construction work at the Expo site.

Fan said in the past eight months they had renovated the 16,000-square-meter plaza under Lupu Bridge in the Puxi area.

By climbing up 367 steps, visitors can enjoy impressive views of the Expo site from a 366-square-meter platform, 110 meters above the ground.

"For those who didn't get the chance to witness the big event over the past six months, they now have the opportunity to take a last look at the buildings," said Fan.

He said about 600 visitors had already booked tickets for the sightseeing platform's first day of opening.

Many of them are Expo site workers and volunteers who are eager to see the pavilions and streets for one last time.

The sightseeing platform, the entrance to which is on Luban Road, will hold an opening ceremony at 10am next Tuesday. It will then open daily from 8:30am to 5pm.


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