Shanghai Expo breaks 70 mn visitor target

Shanghai Expo breaks 70 mn visitor target

Shanghai: More than 70 million people have visited the World Expo in Shanghai, exceeding the target set by organisers, official figures showed Monday, as the six-month event entered its final week.

More than 70.65 million people had visited the world’s fair in China’s eastern financial hub by midday Monday, a week after it broke the record of 62 million visitors set by the 1970 Expo in Osaka, the official website said.

The 70 million target was met on Sunday, the final day for people with ordinary tickets to visit the 5.3-square-kilometre (two-square-mile) park. For the final week, visitors need special “peak time" tickets to enter.

The exhibition of culture, ideas and technology from 189 countries and dozens of companies — the largest Expo ever — has been viewed as a showcase of China’s political and economic clout and organisational abilities.