I have gotten used to large crowds, so we were quite prepared for the experience. We went in with the attitude that we would see what we saw and not stress about the fact that this would not be our "choice" experience. As a result, we were not disappointed. It did not even cross our minds to spend 6 of our 8 hours standing in line for a 15 minute experience in one of the more popular pavilions. We watched people, enjoyed the outside of many pavilions, saw the inside of a few and got our picture taken with complete strangers. We didn't even know about the attendance record until we returned home and saw the headline in the China Daily.