Tickets sold out for Shanghai Expo opening day on May 1

Updated: 25 Apr 2010
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SHANGHAI - TICKETS to the opening day of the Shanghai Expo have sold out, the organisers said on Saturday.

Day passes for the May 1 opening, costing 200 yuan each, have all been snapped up, according to a notice posted on the official Expo website.

May 1 is also the beginning of the Labour Day 'golden week' holiday in China, when millions of vacationing Chinese swamp tourist attractions and recreation facilities.

The notice did not say how many tickets were sold, but organisers have said that they will limit the number entering the Expo park on any single day to 600,000. While the restriction on visitor numbers will be in place, the authorities will spare no expense in ensuring that the opening ceremony dazzles the crowds - and the world, according to the Post.

Citing people involved in the preparations, the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post said the show will be the 'biggest outdoor entertainment event in history'. It said the disclosures contradict official pledges to hold a 'simple' ceremony with a frugal budget.

The two-hour event will end with a fireworks and lighting show expected to eclipse the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony two years ago, said the report. Last Friday, mainland media also quoted Mr Zhao Weiping, chairman of Panda Fireworks - one of the contractors supplying the display - as saying the show would be record-breaking, using 100,000 shells, '20,000 more than the Beijing Olympics'.
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