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Make reservations for tomb-sweeping

Tomb sweepers are required to make advance reservations if they plan on visiting city cemeteries during the five peak days of this year’s Qingming Festival, city authorities announced yesterday.

The five days are March 27 and 28 and April 3, 4 and 5.

This year’s Qingming Festival, a time for Chinese people to pay respects to their ancestors, is on April 4.

Reservations can be made beginning March 19 via WeChat and by phone.

The city’s 54 cemeteries and columbariums are projected to receive almost 4.5 million visits during the 10-day period, bringing an extra 690,000 vehicles on the roads, the Shanghai Civil Affairs Bureau said.

More than 11,200 urns are expected to be interred during the festival.

“A significant rise in tomb sweepers is forecast compared with last year’s Qingming Festival, when on-the-spot tomb sweeping and interment of urns were discouraged due to COVID-19,” said Zeng Qun, deputy director of the bureau.

During the five peak days, 3.66 million visits are expected, bringing an extra 560,000 vehicles onto city streets.

The busiest day will be April 4, when more than 1.3 million people are predicted to visit cemeteries and put an extra 200,000 vehicles on streets. More than 5,000 urns are set to be interred that day. The Pudong New Area, Jiading and Qingpu districts are predicted to be the most crowded, with each tipped to receive more than 550,000 tomb-sweep visits during that period.

Online tomb-sweeping is also available, and cemetery staff will sweep tombs for families upon request, said Zeng.


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