Crowds flock to expo's last weekend

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 24 October, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 24 October, 2010, 12:00am

Driving rain and plunging temperatures failed to deter the crowds from the World Expo in Shanghai as the mega fair entered its last weekend of ordinary operations yesterday.

A total of 837,400 visitors had crammed into the 5.28 square kilometre site by the time gates closed at 9pm, slightly below Friday's figure to make it the six-month-long event's third busiest day yet.

With just eight more days to go before it closes, tens of thousands waited well ahead of opening time yesterday. 'We started waiting at 3.15am,' said Lu Yuhua , a Shanghai resident visiting with her husband and 15-year-old son. 'This is my fifth time here, so I know how important it is to get a head start.'

Lu and her family were among the lucky ones who managed to scramble to the front of the queue for the Oil pavilion, one of the biggest draws.

Five minutes before the pavilions opened, the queue stretched for hundreds of metres. 'I have been standing in lines all day and am soaked through. I just want to go back to the hotel and get a shower,' said one visitor as he vainly tried to flag a taxi.