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Nearly one hundred and fifty students from economically disadvantaged families in southwest China's Yunnan Province were given a chance to visit the ongoing Shanghai Expo. The program is one part of the Expo's many charitable causes.
Seldom setting their feet outside their hometown in the remote villages of Yunnan Province, these children were excited by their first visit to Shanghai and to the World Expo.
Their first stop was the China Pavilion, located in the center of Expo Park. The 142 middle school students were very interested in the various ancient cultural relics displayed at the national treasure segment inside the pavilion.
The students say that they have learnt a lot during this visit, including China's course to modernization, the world's most advanced technologies, as well as the different cultures and customs around the globe.
Wu Yuchun, student, said, "We come from different regions of Yunnan and we are of different ethnic minorities. Here we learned a lot and made new friends. My biggest feeling is that I'm very hopeful for the future."
The students also received gifts of stationery along their visit. They will stay in Shanghai for a couple more days of sight-seeing, after which they will wrap up their visit. Students in Tibet, Xinjiang, and Sichuan will also be invited to the Expo in turn.