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Attendance record broken at flora expo: organizers

Staff Writer, with CNA

The number of visitors to the Taipei International Flora Exposition reached a new high yesterday, with such huge crowds that people were asked to come back on a different day, the organizers said.

As of 6pm yesterday, the second day of a three-day break, 149,531 people had visited the expo, breaking the earlier record of 109,035 on Feb. 5, the fifth day of the Lunar New Year holiday, the expo’s Web site showed.

CONTROL MEASURES

If the number of visitors reaches 150,000 on any day, a system of “100 out and 100 in” will be employed to control the crowds, expo spokeswoman Ma Chien-hui (馬千惠) said.

The good weather in Taipei was seen as one of the reasons for yesterday’s record-breaking attendance at the expo, which will run through April 25.

PREFERRED DAYS

Tuesdays and Wednesdays have been the least crowded days, the statistics showed, and the organizers are urging people to visit the expo on these days.

The last 54 days of the event are expected to be very crowded, the organizers said.

The total number of visitors to the expo as of Feb. 25 was just over 5 million, according to the expo Web site.

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