"We are in eager expectation of World Expo"

14:47, January 22, 2010      

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Of late, some members of the Youth League who had participated in the construction of World Expo supporting works and frontline builders have visited the Exposition District and posed for photos as mementoes. Meanwhile, more and more Shanghai residents enter the World Expo for their involvement with a sense of sharing to indicate their longing for the Expo.

VOLUNTEER: "I PARTICIPATE, I CHEER"

Li Yanhua, who just retired last year, is delighted and very much enjoys his status as an "Expo volunteer". "This means not only an honor to me but also my dedication and responsibility," he said to reporters with a broad smile.

With a sense of somewhat emptiness right after his retirement, he happened to learn the information about the recruit of volunteers released by the World Expo, he put his name down in the "prime time" online. After much screening as well as selection at various levels, Li was lucky to be picked among the first batch of 277 volunteers to work for the World Expo.

After undergoing training, Li Yanhua is now working at the Minhang District Expo operation center to recruit co-volunteers for the Expo. "Everyday, I’m awfully busy with trivia matters, but 'I'm quite fulfilling' via my contact or communications with volunteer candidates," he said, "for I can feel those who partaken in the Expo work are linked with me heart to heart."

To date, approximately 70,500 volunteer candidates have been selected for the Shanghai World Expo Park, and their training is expected to start pretty soon.

RELOCATED RESIDENT: "IT'S WORTH GIVING UP TINY HOME"

The "Expo Express Bus" running across the town of Pujiang in Minhang district was officially launched in late 2009. More than 200 local residents from the downtown area who had to settle their homes in the "Expo Home" area in Pujiang town, became the first group of visitors to the World Expo venues, and one of those visitors was the 86-year-old Zhou Xiyu, who would very much hope to see more of the Expo in days ahead. In face of immense changes, the elderly said with feelings, "We used to huddle in a tiny, dilapidated home, but we have now moved into a cozy and spacious suite, and the place we are living in is hard to recognize."

For the sake of constructing the 2010 Shanghai World Expo Venue, another senior citizen Uncle Lou, a former steel worker, has contributed twice: The No. 3 Shanghai Steel Mill where he had once toiled as a steelmaker has been moved elsewhere, and his own home was relocated to Pujiang town in 2004. However, this veteran worker said, "It is worthwhile for me to abandon my own humble home for the wellbeing of others."

Since being the most direct radiation site, Pujiang town of Minhang urban district has to take in and settle nearly 30,000 local residents for the World Expo. Many of these residents have come originally from Huangpu and Luwan districts, two of the most bustling downtown areas in Shanghai municipality.

EXPO HOME: "TO BUILD IT TO WELCOME OF GUESTS"

Cheng Shuchu, the owner of Apartment 101, No.16 Building in Lane 555, Wenxi Rd. of Chabei District, gave a facelift to the three-room apartment, which had been renovated recently. "To greet the Expo visitors, I especially vacated or set aside this nice south-facing bedroom for them, and "I create a brand-new 'home' for Expo guests," he said.

Calculated in line with an estimated 70 million guests to visit the imminent Expo, both Chinese and foreign, and if each of them is expected to have a two-day stay, approximately 500,000 visitors will have to be accommodated per day. This really poses a test to Shanghai in term of its accommodating capacity. Based on Beijing's experience with "Olympic homes" during the 2008 Summer Olympics, many Shanghai residential districts have already come up with their "World Expo Home" ideas.

Since Cheng was elected chief of his "Expo Home village", and his lovely home was listed as the "No. 1" Expo home. As an ace secondary school teacher years ago, Mr. Cheng following his retirement partook in a variety of Expo activities of his community and paid a growing attention to the World Expo.

Cheng furnished and burnished an "Expo Room" in a fresh, unique style by equipping it with a shower, an air conditioner, a sofa and a nice wardrobe and adding to it a lovely outdoor garden. Furthermore, to greet the arrival of the Expo, he has also made his Expo Stamp albums with vivid themes of Expo hosting nations as well as their expos venues, beautiful landscapes, architectures and folk customs, and he would present Expo guests with such nice albums as his gifts.

By People's Daily Online and contributed by PD reporter Wang Youjia
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