Shanghai Scrap has been a bit dormant recently, what with all of the recent traveling, but that doesn’t mean we’ve forgotten Expo 2010 [Shanghai World's Fair]. The same cannot be said for the rest of the world’s media which, despite the fact that the Expo is, indisputably, the largest international gathering of the year, if not the decade, if not all time, gets almost no press (much less, respect from the press).
So, as Expo winds down, let’s not forget to observe that attendance is beginning to reach apocalyptic proportions. Below, a memo sent out earlier today to all of the pavilions in the popular Zone C of the grounds (including heavily trafficked Europe), giving them a low key head’s up that tomorrow they should be prepared to be visited by the population of Boston (or Frankfurt or Winnipeg or Abu Dhabi etc):
Subject: 转发: Visitor Prediction
According to the analysis of recent visitor flow and tomorrow’s specified factors, the visitor’s attendance for Oct. 16 will be in the scale of 630—670 thousand, the median figure is 650,000 people.
The reserved group visitor number is 98243 for Oct.16 and 85539 for Oct. 17.
Hope the information will be helpful to your operation.
On behalf of Zone C Dept.,
Hope this is helpful!?!?
Live in China long enough, and you become accustomed to big numbers and lots of people. But this – an oh-by-the-way reminder that a mid-sized US city will be stopping by tomorrow – is on another level entirely, and I for one love it (worth noting, some pavilions were designed and built for these many visitors, and some were not – more on that subject, here). These sorts of numbers should hold, more or less, for the next 2.5 weeks, until Expo ends on the 31st. Shanghai Scrap, meanwhile, will be going Expo-a-ga-ga for the last week or so. Stay tuned.