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Attendance at World Expo exceeds China’s target


China passed its target of 70 million visitors to the 2010 Shanghai World Expo yesterday, a world record as the six-month-long exhibition enters its final week.

The tally was reached at 10:17am, according to the official Web site of the exhibition that opened in China’s financial hub on May 1. A total of 64 million people visited the 1970 Osaka World Expo in Japan, Xinhua news agency reported.

“The news that total visitors surpassed 70 million is exciting, and it is also an encouragement and a positive response,” the expo organizers said in a statement on the Web site.

The number of visitors to the expo in China’s richest city is more than 10 times the number who traveled to the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

The biennial exhibition is being held under the theme of “Better City, Better Life” with about 190 countries and 50 international organizations participating.

The site includes five central theme pavilions as well as hundreds of national and corporate exhibition sites.

A total of 837,400 people came to the event on Saturday and more than 310,000 arrived yesterday, the organizers said on the Web site. Most visitors to the expo have been Chinese.

People lined up in the rain as a cold snap reached eastern China yesterday.

Visitors have to wait for several hours to get inside popular pavilions while one family from Sichuan Province stood in line for eight hours to get into Saudi Arabia’s pavilion, the Orient Morning Post reported yesterday.

As many as 1.03 million people visited the exhibition on Oct. 16, marking a daily record.

However, many of the visitors could only walk around outside pavilions and all parades were canceled because of the large numbers, Xinhua reported.

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