With the billions upon billions of dollars being poured into the upcoming Shanghai World Expo, Shanghai is gearing up for a glitzy and glamorous time under the international spotlight. Of course, it’s going to be a costly experience: while 160 RMB for a ticket is a palatable expense for the droves of tourists who will visit the expo, it’s a pretty pricey expenditure for the average citizen. So how will the faithful residents of our fair city be able to take part in the “better city, better life” experience?
Worry not, broke brethren, the government is stepping in to help you out: the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Committee (CPPCC) is considering distributing free tickets to the Expo for Shanghai residents. A number of tickets should be set aside, and all you would need to do is go down to the Expo’s office to claim your tickets.
The criteria for distribution of the free tickets hasn’t been revealed yet, though we imagine it’ll probably require a Hukou rather than a residency permit. If you’re dead set on getting a free ride to the expo, we’d suggest making friends with your next door neighbor right around May. Then again, you could always try dressing up as Haibao and crashing the gate, which might be more entertaining in the long run.
Photo from Xinhua