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Shanghai World Expo in youngster's eyes

2010-05-10 13:29:44 GMT2010-05-10 21:29:44 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Yang Yanqi rides a bike from Odense at the Odense Pavilion in the Urban Best Practice Area (UBPA) of the World Expo in Shanghai, east China, on May 7, 2010. (Xinhua/Cheng Min)

Yang Yanqi rides a bike from Odense at the Odense Pavilion in the Urban Best Practice Area (UBPA) of the World Expo in Shanghai, east China, on May 7, 2010. (Xinhua/Cheng Min)

Yang Yanqi rides a bike from Odense at the Odense Pavilion in the Urban Best Practice Area (UBPA) of the World Expo in Shanghai, east China, on May 7, 2010. (Xinhua/Cheng Min)

A tourist rides on the bicycle lane at the Odense Pavilion in the Urban Best Practice Area (UBPA) of the World Expo in Shanghai, east China, on May 4, 2010.(Xinhua/Cheng Min)

Entitled "The Revival of the Bicycle", the Odense Pavilion has set up a lane for bicycles on which tourists could experience the charm of cycling for themselves.

The city of Odense constructed an exclusive lane for bicycles as early as more than 100 years ago. From then on, the government of Odense has always been making efforts to encourage bicycle riding. Now Odense's 200,000 residents possess over 400,000 bicycles, and some families have as many as 10 bicycles. The advantage of cycling for the city is obvious, staff members at the Odense Pavilion said, for researches have shown that in the past four years, traffic accidents in Odense have decreased by 20%, and carbon-dioxide emissions have seen a reduction of 8.7 tons per day. 10-year-old Chinese boy Yang Yanqi, a bicycle enthusiast from Xi'an, came to visit the Odense Pavilion with his parents on May 7 for a ride on the Danish bicycle lane. "There're some bicycle lanes in my city, too, but not enough", said Yang Yanqi, "I feel nervous when I have to ride bicycles with automobiles and pedestrians in a mix-up." "The Odense's UBPA case is my favourite spot at the World Expo", Yang Yanqi said, upon leaving the Odense Pavilion. "I've heard a lot about concepts like environmental protection and low-carbon... I can see lively examples here."

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