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World Expo Queue at Shanghai

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If you are about to visit the Shanghai World Expo or World Fair as it is sometimes known elsewhere, or intend to visit it again sometime soon, here are some guides on how to handle the incredible queues at the shanghai international expo. As for the tickets, there are many places to purchase them before taking the flight over to the country as you can choose between buying it at your travel agency or have your hotel do it for you, or even buy it online and have it delivered. It seems to be less crowded these days as most people who have wanted to go have now seen it.

Go late; the early bird doesn't get the worm
It is a popular idiom that the early bird gets the worm, but that really isn't true in this particular case. The later you go the better. The best thing to do if you have not already purchased the ticket is to instead of buying a 3 day pass, instead hunt for a night time pass. It starts from 5pm or so and is sometimes called an evening pass, it is your best bet at having a good experience in the Shanghai expo. You may ask why is this so. The underlying rationale behind being late for the expo is that at right before 5 pm, many of the national tour groups will recall their china groups back into their tour buses. Apparently China has released many free tickets for the Chinese nationals to go to the expo at no cost, resulting in massive jams during day times. While this breaks world records, it certainly can also result in breaking your holidaying mood. Que times of 7 hours could be seen at the China Pavilion as well as the Saudi Arabia pavilion, which in the end required special passes allocated daily for entry. Even the still popular but not so hot UK pavilion known for its seed cathedral, required 5 hours of queuing time in the day. Come night time, it can drop to 3 hours or even 2 hours. If you're lucky it might even rain, and the people will rush to pavilion queues with shelter.

The alternative:
The alternative thing to do is to go in at 4pm and start with an easy pavilion, by the time at which you come out you will be in the evening season which makes it much easier to get into the other pavilions without having to stick in a long que for over 3 hours and wince in horror at the agony of queuing like one would for an iphone 4 or iPad without as good a payoff. Pick up a map of the expo, once you reach at 4pm you should see some pavilions with short 15 minute queues to 30 minutes, move yourself to one of them and go take a look inside. There are some underrated pavilions are really a bargain in comparison to their waiting times. Once you've had your fun at the first pavilion, you should come out at 4:30pm to 5pm which is the best time to go pavilion looking, except now you've had one more pavilion on your world fair passport. This may be a better way if you've already purchased an all day ticket. This would be the best way to make the most out of your shanghai expo queue times.

Buy a china foldable chair
If you've seen videos of the long snaking queues, you will see many people with a small foldable chair that can be expanded and shrunk at will. There are a few variants, but the ones that are most common are not the ones you usually see outside at your home country with metal poles and plastic seats the one you will see at the queues are shaped like lego bricks and made of plastic or wood and are cheerfully colored, or if you feel pessimistic the colors can be said to be gaudy. With a foldable chair you are now able to last out the long queues! You can open this chair out to sit at any time during the queue or even waiting for the bus and trams. There were even some common metal ones amidst the plastic little chairs. In the expo, the people open up the chairs to sit every second or so, especially if the wait is only for a few seconds before the queue starts moving. It is best to use your own discretion as to when you'll want to open the chair up.

Rent an elderly
Reader discretion is advised for this particular section! Expect a bit of sarcasm:
The current world fair has a policy where the disabled, the very young (kids under 3 years old) as well as the old (beyond a certain age with a valid age certificate) are allowed to have a priority easing which brings them to the front of the que as well as allowing another person who is with them to go in along with them supposedly to take care of them. The problem with this of course is that it is open to exploitation, and being a country that is the most populous in the world there is statistically bound to be a lot more crooks. Essentially while you see a wheelchaired person trying to enter with 5-6 friends with him at the outside, they will push and shove the poor security and harass them until they are allowed to go in with the purportedly less able person. Once you enter the pavilion however you will see 10 plus empty wheelchairs where mysteriously they have all attained the ability to walk. Depending on your ethical ground, these are apparently elderly for rent where they rent out their services to get you a quick entry into a pavilion. Until the local managing authority cracks down on those, I suppose this bad practice will still continue. Don't be surprised at it nor let it get you down.

Go for the hidden gems

There are some pavilions that are really good but have received relatively little attention from the rest of the world. Off the top of my head here are some places you should really check out. One of this is the Netherlands pavilion if you are unable to check inside the rather popular UK pavilion that is known for its seed cathedral with many crystal shafts with seeds from around the world inside well you can do it from the netherlands pavilion as it is open air and provides many places to take scenic pictures of the seed cathedral. Common poses involves motioning your hand such that it looks like you are grasping the structure in the palms of your hand. Another good one is the Latvia Pavilion which allows you to dance on the air due to the pretty wonderful technology of vertical wind funnels that costs about 3-7 million. Others include 4D screens that sprouts out here and there in Pavilions. Switzerland also has a chairlift ride on its top floor which is also rather interesting.



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