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Getting Shanghai World Expo Tickets

2010. 1 April

by Sara Naumann
( The Expo is just around the corner. Those of us in Shanghai are reminded of this by big countdown signs ticking off the number of days left until the day-of-all-days: May 1, 2010. Expo is going to last for six months and Shanghai is expecting 70 million visitors (mostly domestic) to the city to see the pavilions that the participating countries have built. (Yes, thanks to heroic fund raising efforts by Hillary Clinton, even the US is going to have a pavilion...)

So how do you get tickets? If you live in China it's rather easy. You just pop down to one of the four venues across the country and request a ticket from China Telecom, China Mobile, Bank of Communication or China Post. There are outlets in virtually every city in China (and signs for these offices are in English and Chinese) so you should have no trouble.

If you're coming from abroad, tickets are being sold through special agencies. The Shanghai Daily has a good roundup of how to get tickets in many countries here. There are several types of tickets including single peak day, standard single-day, 3-day and 7-day tickets. Prices vary from 160rmb (standard single-day) to 900rmb (7-day pass). If part of the reason you're coming to Shanghai is to see the World Expo, I'd recommend getting a multi-day ticket. The venue is enormous and the crowds are going to be massive. This will translate into lots of lines and waiting to go inside pavilions. Don't try to see it all in one day.