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All you need to know for May Day

WITH the start of the May Day holiday, Shanghai Daily here provides readers with a list of need-to-know information about the city's weather, transport arrangements and hospital service hours for the next three days, plus some ideas about how to spend the long weekend.


The Shanghai Meteorological Bureau said today will be cloudy, with highs reaching 26 degrees Celsius and lows around 16 degrees.

But rain will hit the city some time tomorrow, and won't stop until late Sunday, weathermen said.

The highs will drop to between 22 to 23 degrees tomorrow and on Sunday, with lows around 17 or 18 degrees.

Due to strong southeasterly winds, weathermen said people should take precautions to keep their skin from drying out.

Nice warm weather will return at the start of next week.

May 1: cloudy, 16-26oc

May 2: showers, 18-23oc

May 3: drizzle, 17-22oc


Landscape lighting will now be kept on from 7pm to 10pm in major sightseeing areas such as Xujiahui, the North Bund area and south of Nanjing Road and Shanghai Greenery, the Public Sanitation Bureau said yesterday. However, tonight it will be kept on for an extra hour, until 11pm.


The out-patient service at local hospitals will stop from today until Sunday. The service will resume on Monday, said the Shanghai Health Bureau. All emergency services are on stand-by day and night at local hospitals.


The Shanghai Sightseeing Bus Center has opened 160 new routes for the holiday. Most of the destinations are in Shanghai's suburbs and the surrounding provinces.

The center has also opened online ticket booking this month, officials said this week. Tourists can log onto (in Chinese) to book packages and then pick up their tickets at the center before boarding.

Many flower exhibitions will be on display during the May Day holiday.

Shanghai Botanical Garden is holding a spring flower exhibition with more than 3,000 species of flowers, themed around next year's Expo. The exhibition closes on May 10.

Shanghai Binjiang Forest Park has an azalea exhibition with more than 6,000 azaleas planted among artificial hills, streams and waterfalls in the 100-mu (6.7-hectare) park which is twice as big as Jing'an Park.

Other parks including Century Park in Pudong New Area, Shanghai Gongqing Forest Park in Yangpu District and Guyi Garden in Jiading District are also holding exhibitions. Chinese roses are blooming in Shanghai Botanical Garden and Gongqing Forest Park. Guyi Garden will feature a 100-year-old peony.

Shanghai Ocean Aquarium is holding an exhibition contrasting "model workers" with lazy people to celebrate the May Day holiday.

Visitors are invited to vote for the most diligent and the laziest fish. The entrance fee for the aquarium will be discounted over the holiday and there are also family cards available for teenagers over 1.4 meters.


The number of passengers taking outbound long-distance buses to neighboring provinces is expected to remain almost the same as last year.

The city's long-distance bus authority has prepared more than 2,500 vehicles for outbound locals.

The city's five biggest taxi companies will have 30 percent to 50 percent more cabbies working than usual. That will put the supply of cabs on the city's streets at 47,000 from today to May 3.

They will be able to handle more than 5 million fares over the period, cab managers said.

Meanwhile, Metro Line 9 will extend its opening hours over the May Day holiday.

The last train from Songjiang District to Yishan Road will be at 9:15pm, 15 minutes later than normal.

The last train from Yishan Road to Songjiang District will be at 9:50pm. The line will also add one more train to ease crowding in Songjiang District during May.

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