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12m-ticket sale elates Expo

2009. 20 December

by Yang Jian
( Ticket sales for the 2010 Shanghai World Expo have gone beyond expectations to exceed 12 million, said the event's organizer, who urged people not to believe anyone claiming to provide tickets cheaper than the official prices.

Travel agencies, which will qualify for discounts as group ticket buyers, won't be able to get the tickets until the 2010 event begins. That means nobody will get discounted tickets before the event, said Chen Xianjin, deputy director general of the Bureau of Shanghai World Expo Coordination.

Chen spoke to media as seven Chinese provinces started arranging their exhibitions at China's joint-provincial pavilion.

The bureau has noticed that some people were selling tickets online claiming to be cheaper than the official prices, said Chen. However, so far not a single fake ticket had been discovered among those sold.

The bureau urged people to buy their tickets at the more than 5,300 outlets of four major ticket agents - China Mobile, China Telecom, China Post and the Bank of Communications - to avoid buying fake tickets.

The Expo's planners had set a target of selling more than 10 million tickets by the end of the year.

About 55 percent of the tickets were bought by people in the Yangtze Delta Region. Shanghai accounted for 20 percent.

A standard ticket to the Expo costs 160 yuan (US$23.43), but people can enjoy a 20 yuan discount until the end of this year. The discount will be 10 yuan from January to the opening of the Expo in May.