The World Expo in Shanghai marked its 100th day of operation on August 8. Despite the high temperature this summer, visitor enthusiasm has not waned. The number of visitors in the World Expo's first 100 days totaled 38 million. Statistics from the Bureau of Shanghai World Expo Coordination show about 80 countries and seven international organizations celebrated their National Pavilion Days or Honor Days, respectively. Besides, more than 20 cities held various special activities.
The 5.28-square-km Expo site, 246 participating countries and organizations, 38 million visitors and an average visit of more than 10 hours have combined to form this international feast. A variety of activities, such as international theme forums and art performances, have sustained the freshness of the Expo site. Those activities have also promoted and advanced the communication, exchange and interaction between visitors and exhibitors.
During the first 100 days of the World Expo, visitors enjoyed 11,700 art performances. Many world-class art groups and national orchestras and dance troupes staged shows in the Expo site. Colorful cultural exhibits have become a major feature of the World Expo.
The days also saw more than 35,000 volunteers, including foreigners from more than 20 countries, serving visitors.
The success of the World Expo should be attributed to the joint efforts of organizers. From the very beginning, Shanghai has done its best to provide top-notch services. During the first 100 days of the World Expo, Shanghai was hit with huge crowds, hot weather and heavy traffic. But the World Expo went smoothly.
The last leg is the hardest. For example, in addition to the tickets that are sold daily, the number of already sold but not yet used tickets has reached 20 million. It's estimated before the World Expo concludes on October 31, the Expo site will see an even larger flock of visitors. The peak daily admission may exceed 600,000, hitting the designed maximum flow. This will be a grave test for both the Expo site and the host city.