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April 26, 2010
Shanghai World Expo set to open
SHANGHAI (AP) -- Visitors to Shanghai's World Expo say organizers have plenty of kinks to iron out before the event -- the biggest-ever World's Fair -- formally opens on May Day. "Three big suggestions for fixes: space, time and mindset," the Shanghai Morning Post said Wednesday in the closest China's state-controlled media came to criticizing the Expo's first seven-hour trial run, involving 200,000 people. Visitors said they were disappointed with the food, the long lines and the limited number of pavilions open by the time they finally got through security checks and into the vast Expo park. "Before I went, I was mentally prepared that it would be very crowded, but it turns out I underestimated," said Ding Yangshen, a 64-year-old retired engineer, who visited the park with his wife using trial-run tickets from his government-worker son. The Expo, which runs May 1-Oct. 31, showcases the latest in concepts for "Better City, Better Life" in pavilions from practically every country and many international organizations, cities and big corporations. Some 70 million people are expected to visit, and organizers have said they will limit the number entering the park on any single day to 600,000. (27 images)

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Elevated highways are illuminated by LED lights on April 18, in Shanghai, China. Shanghai World Expo will be held from May 1 to Oct 31, expecting 70 million visitors. Getty Images / Feng Li


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In this photo taken Sunday, March 28, and released by the Shanghai Pacific Institute for International Strategy, the World Expo site is illuminated in Shanghai, China. (AP Photo/ Shanghai Pacific Institute for International Strategy) AP



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An elevated view of the Pudong Lujiazui Financial District at night on April 17, in Shanghai, China. The Shanghai World Expo will be held from May 1 to October 31, and is expected to attract 70 million visitors. The trade show will be themed 'Better City - Better Life'. Getty Images / Feng Li



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Signs of 'I Love Shanghai' are seen on the facade of Aurora Building next to other skyscrapers in the Lujiazui Financial District in Pudong on April 16, in Shanghai, China. Getty Images / Feng Li



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A giant musical water fountain entertains visitors to the Shanghai World Expo in Shanghai on April 25. Along with daily parades, fireworks and other festivities, the Shanghai World Expo's 192 participating countries are contributing to a six-month calendar of music, dance and stage shows. AFP / Getty Images



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Paramilitary policemen guard at the entrance of the World Expo near the Expo Axis on April 19, in Shanghai, China. Getty Images / Feng Li



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A man looks at illuminated screens during a tour of the US pavilion at the site of the World expo 2010 in Shanghai on April 7. AFP / Getty Images / Philippe Lopez



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Performers look at the 'Energy Source', a 1.2 ton sphere with 400,000 LED lights that reacts to sound at the Germany Pavilion in the World Expo site in Shanghai, China, Tuesday, March 30. AP / Ng Han Guan



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Visitors watch a display of screens inside the Spanish pavilion at the site of the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai on April 25. Expo organisers gave members of the public a preview of the largest-ever World's Fair as they tested facilities and public transportation before the official start on May 1. AFP / Getty Images / Philippe Lopez



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Journalists look at a giant screen at Chinese Information and Communication Pavilion at World Expo site Monday, April 19, in Shanghai, China. AP / Eugene Hoshiko



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A construction worker walks past illuminated Chinese Information and Communication Pavilion at World Expo site Monday, April 19, in Shanghai, China. AP / Eugene Hoshiko



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A woman runs past a windowed hallway of the Australian pavilion at the site of the World expo 2010 in Shanghai on April 7. AFP / Getty Images / Philippe Lopez



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A general view of the cityscape from the top floor of Shanghai World Financial Center (492 meters high) in the Pudong Lujiazui Financial District on April 17, in Shanghai, China. Getty Images / Feng Li



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Thousands of visitors crowd the Bund, one of the most popular tourist's destinations in Shanghai, China on Sunday, March 28. After almost two years of renovation, the Bund reopened to the public Sunday ahead of the Shanghai World Expo. AP



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The Union Jack flag flutters next to the Britain pavilion at the site of the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai on April 7. AFP / Getty Images / Philippe Lopez



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A visitor stands at the South Korea Pavilion at the World Expo site on the trial day Friday, April 23, in Shanghai, China. AP / Eugene Hoshiko



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Security guards stand in front of Poland Pavilion at the World Expo site on the trial day Sunday, April 25, in Shanghai, China. AP / Eugene Hoshiko



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Visitors queue to enter the Spanish pavilion at the site of the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai on April 25. AFP / Getty Images / Philippe Lopez



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A Chinese worker stands on the top of the pavilion of Iceland at the site of the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai on April 7.AFP / Getty Images / Philippe Lopez



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A man walks inside the Media Center for the World Expo in Shanghai, China, Tuesday, March 30. The Shanghai World Expo officially opens May 1 and organizers expect to cater to 70 million visitors in 6 months of operations. AP / Ng Han Guan



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An employee of the French pavilion walks between two paintings at the site of the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai on April 23. AFP / Getty Images / Philippe Lopez



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Performers dressed as traditional Chinese Terra Cotta Warriors march during an event as part of the Shanghai Expo to promote tourism to Xi'an, Shaanxi province, in Shanghai, China, Saturday, April 10. AP



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Visitors line up to enter the Shanghai World Expo site on the trial opening day in Shanghai, Tuesday, April 20. AP



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A worker arranges the exterior of the Brazil Pavilion at the World Expo site on the trial day Friday, April 23, in Shanghai, China. AP / Eugene Hoshiko



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A worker is silhouetted against the interior of the British pavilion at the World Expo 2010 site in Shanghai on April 14. AFP / Getty Images / Philippe Lopez



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Workers assemble a wall part of the Estonia Pavilion at the World Expo site on the trial day Sunday, April 25, in Shanghai, China. AP / Eugene Hoshiko



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A man walks the stairs of the Danish pavilion where Denmark's iconic Little Mermaid statue waits to be unveiled at the site of the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai on April 25. The Danish pavilion was inaugurated with Expo organisers giving members of the public a preview of the largest-ever World's Fair as they tested facilities and public transportation before the official start on May 1. AFP / Getty Images / Philippe Lopez



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