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Expo pay plan: one card fits all

2009. 31 December

( People will be able to use a single card to pay for all their expenses such as food, transport and souvenirs at the 2010 Shanghai World Expo site.

The Expo organizer yesterday issued a commercial card jointly with Shanghai Commercial Investment Co Ltd, a state-owned company.

The card will cost about 500 yuan (US$73). People can add money to the card at 7,000 locations across the city.

It will be on sale at China Post and China Telecom outlets. The card is refundable.

Water and other drinks will be banned at the entrance to the Expo, so visitors need to buy drinks inside. Rides on eight-seat, golf cart-like vehicles will also carry a charge. Other shuttle buses are free.

The card will be another means of payment apart from cash and credit cards at the Expo site, said Chen Xianjin, deputy director general of the Shanghai World Expo Coordination.

The card will be especially convenient for foreign visitors because they won't need to exchange currency, said Miao Mingmin, deputy director of the company's Expo Project Office.

Some discounts will also be offered at some restaurants at the site, Miao said.