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Expo record in the rain

05-24-2010 09:16 BJT Special Report: Shanghai World Expo 2010 |

BEIJING, May 23 -- Despite continuous rain, Saturday's visitor number to Expo hit 361,200 and broke the record of 335,000 set a week ago.

People visit the 2010 World Expo in rain in Shanghai, east China, May 22, 2010. Some 356,500 people visited the World Expo on Saturday despite the drizzle, setting a new record of the daily number of visitors since the Expo opened on May 1, according to official statistics. (Xinhua/Xu Yu) 
People visit the 2010 World Expo in rain in Shanghai, east China, May 22, 2010. 
Some 356,500 people visited the World Expo on Saturday despite the drizzle, setting
a new record of the daily number of visitors since the Expo opened on May 1, 
according to official statistics. (Xinhua/Xu Yu)

The number of group visitors reached 144,000. Visitors from various parts of the country toured the site, many wearing the uniform hats provided by their travel agencies.

The gates of Shangnan Road, Gaoke Road W., Houtan and Changqing Road still saw the biggest crowds like ever before, with as many as 68,700 visitors entering the Expo park through the Houtan gate and more than 40,000 through each of the other three gates.

A total of 49,552 tickets were sold on site by 7:30pm, including 15,689 night tickets.

Before the Expo site opened, Expo sanitation staff started working at 4am yesterday to clean up the water left by the storm during the previous night.

By 6pm, 63 performances had been staged, attracting nearly 97,000 viewers. Altogether 6,086 volunteers served on the site.

Five medical service stations inside the Expo site had received 311 visitors by 4:00 p.m. Saturday.


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