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  • http://english.dbw.cn銆€銆€ 2010-04-07 10:47:18

     Workers walk past the United Arab Emirates pavilion in Shanghai, east China, March 31, 2010. The Shanghai World Expo will start trial operation on April 20 with the participation of about 70 percent of the pavilions, the organizer said on March 31 Tuesday.  (Xinhua Photo)

    From April 20, six trial runs will be held at Expo garden, involving between 50,000 and 500,000 people each time, to try and solve any congestion problems that may arise during Expo.

    According to the city's tourism authority, the testers will be Expo construction workers and volunteers from Shanghai, and Jiangsu and Zhejiang provinces. Among these are 30,000 travel agents.

    On April 25, up to 500,000 people will take part in the last trial run, with 350,000 of them from Shanghai.

    A total of 23 activities, including a flag-hoisting ceremony at the China pavilion, an Expo parade and other cultural performances, will be included in the trials, which will run from 9 am to 11:30 pm to mirror the opening hours of Expo garden.

    Organizers hope such trials will help test Expo garden's capabilities of handling ticketing, security checks, parking, traffic flow, sightseeing, dining and use of sanitary facilities.

    Operation and emergency systems will also be put to the test, feedback collected and improvements made.

    Meanwhile, Zhejiang and Jiangsu are gearing up for the spillover effect from Expo.

    Neighboring Zhejiang, which is expected to receive around 20 million visitors between May 1 and Oct 31, is working to ensure its tourists will be well informed during their visit.

    Around 100 information centers in the provincial capital of Hangzhou have been set up to provide multilingual services. The local government is also planning to give away free travel coupons to visitors to the Zhejiang pavilion at Expo. The coupons can be used to offset some entrance fees.

    Author锛? 銆€銆€銆€Source锛? China Daily 銆€銆€銆€ Editor锛? Wu Qiong