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Taipei Flora Expo attendance moderates after exploding on Sunday

2011/02/28 16:47:36

Taipei, Feb. 28 (CNA) The number of visitors to the TaipeiInternational Flora Exposition moderated Monday on the final day of athree-day weekend after the fair was overwhelmed Sunday when 150,000visitors poured through its gates.

The expo headquarters said that as of 12: 30 p.m. on Monday,45,462 people had entered the venue, down from the more than 110,000that had visited the show grounds by noon the previous day.

Sunday's attendance exceeded the fair's previous single-day highof 109,035 on Feb. 5, and Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin tacitly admittedthat it was far behind what the show grounds could handle by sayingthat 60,000 visitors in a day was the optimal amount for ahigh-quality experience.

He encouraged city residents to attend the fair during the weekto give those visiting from other parts of Taiwan or overseas thechance to enjoy the show grounds on the weekends.

According to Hau, the expo's monitoring system will issue awarning at its four major venues when the number of visitorssurpasses the number that allows for a high-quality experience.

Shuttle bus drivers will also be instructed to dissuade peoplefrom coming to the venues, Hau said of the exhibition, whichofficially runs through April 25.

The show drew its 5 millionth visitor on Feb. 25, an average ofroughly 45,000 per day, slightly below the 47,000 average organizershad hoped for prior to the opening of the fair.

Monday was the last day of a three-day weekend that included anational holiday on Monday to observe the 228 Incident anniversary.

The 228 Incident, also known as the 228 Massacre, marks theviolent suppression of an anti-government uprising in 1947 by theKuomintang, the current ruling party of Taiwan.

(By Sherry Tang and Elizabeth Hsu)