We talked last month about how some of the behavior at pavilion green lines at the Shanghai Expo was getting so bad that many pavilions were thinking about shutting them down altogether. Expo organizers said they were mulling the problem over. Now, a month later, they’ve released their rules.
Here’s the bullet pointed list of rules that now apply to all pavilions. They’re meant to tighten the green line (or green-channel, as they’re calling it now) access, increase wheelchair deposits and limit crazy crowds for Expo passports.
- Only people 75 years or older, or the “crippled”, can get in. They can bring ONE guest with them.
- Babies in prams and pregnant women are not allowed in the green line. This is so they aren’t encouraged to visit in hot days where they may faint.
- Deposits on wheelchairs will be raised from 200RMB to 500RMB, making it slightly less lucrative to just wheel one away (over 10% of Expo wheelchairs have already disappeared).
- You can only stamp five souvenir passports at Expo pavilions at a time.
- 50 paths carved out by visitors across pristine grassland will be made into walkways because “they were obviously needed.”
- ALL PAVILIONS
While not everyone’s gotten the memo yet, it seems that organizers hoping to roll out these pavilion-wide rules and improvements very soon. Perhaps we’ll visit in a week (if the weather drops below 32 – I feel like I’m dying every time I go outside right now) and see if some of the mayhem has died down.
With any luck, they would have done something about the babies peeing into the drinking fountains problem too.