Just got back from two full days at Expo 2010.
The Expo is an amazing experience. It is huge with over 200 exhibitors. The buildings are impressively beautiful.
Be fit and ready for long tiring days. You really have to be there throughout the day and into the evening to experiences the change in atmosphere of the place.
The main shock to us was that we barely saw two dozen overseas visitors in the two days. We did see 800,000 Chinese - and that brings me to the bad news of Expo 2010.
The organisers seem to have a target of pushing half a million people a day through the turnstiles. Big mistake!
The river of people turns into a complete logjam at all of the major pavilions. Hours are wasted just standing in the heat. It severely restricts the enjoyment and Expo expereince for you.
The organisers have added another gimmick that causes the clog up of massives of people.
They have introduced a passport game where locals try to get to as many sites as they can only to get their passports stamped.
Prizes are given for those with the most stamps.
We were held up in enormous long lines of people clutching these passports. For many this was their only reason for waiting to get into national pavilions.
Once inside each pavilion yet another line was formed as exhausted staffers spent the day stamping hundreds of thousands of phoney passports.
It would have been for more sensible to have created two separate lines allowing the passport stampers to go to one, and have another for people who genuinely wanted to appreciate each countries contribution to the Expo.
Or, alternatively, have a fast pass for international visitors.
Many pavilions have waits of between two and four hours.
This meant that, in two full days, we only managed to get into twelve national sites.
This is terribly frustrating for anyone travelling long distance to visit Expo 2010 and end up prevented from fully enjoying the experience.
It would have been a much more civilised experience had numbers been kept down to a maximum of 250,000 a day rather than double that number.
Organisers of Expo 2015 please note!