The first public preview of the Expo 2010 Shanghai China kicks off today from 9am to 6pm.
There will be six previews – today, tomorrow and from April 23 to 25 before the grand opening on May 1, 2010 – which are meant to be as much a test of the city’s public transport systems as of the workings of the Expo itself. Some 1.25 million visitors are expected at the previews.
At least 70 percent of the pavilions are expected to be open including the Expo’s five permanent buildings: China Pavilion, Expo Boulevard, Expo Center, Theme Pavilion and Expo Culture Center. Visitors will be able to use all the infrastructure facilities, enjoy business services, and watch certain performances such as Expo parades.
The government is encouraging the public to use the Metro to get to the Expo. Five Metro services, Lines 4, 6, 7, 8 and 13, run to the Pudong site, with the last one being a special one that operates only to the Expo grounds. People can access the train from the Madang Road Station, transferring from Line 9. Special Expo taxis are also another way to get to the mega exhibition.
Driving to the site is not encouraged as there is no parking lot for private vehicles.
For more details, visit www.expo2010.cn
Margie T Logarta