The China Pavilion officially reopened today, and true to form, tens of thousands of people rushed ticket offices near Yaohua Road Station of Metro Line 8. Crowds began gathering at 9:30am, and overwhelmed organizers reacted by more than doubling the open ticket windows (people still waited up to four hours) and calling in local police and armed soldiers for help. Enthusiasm for tickets was “far beyond their expectations.” The Expo bureau official interviewed seemed about as baffled as we are, saying there’s no need for the rush considering “we have enough tickets and people can buy as many as they want.”
The Pavilion has been kept the same as it was during Expo, with an added exhibit on its construction. It will remain open from 9am to 5pm daily until May 31st, and tickets are only 20 yuan. Get ’em while they’re hot!!
Photos courtesy of CRI via Sohu.