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Mid-Autumn Festival guide


Tomorrow's Mid-Autumn Festival will be cool with a maximum temperature of just 23 degrees, forecasters said yesterday, and temperatures won't rise much above 26 degrees throughout the three-day holiday. Friday will see minimum of 19 degrees due to a strong cold front, the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau said.

"The cold front is strong but temperatures should rise up again after it," said the bureau's Fu Yi.

Meanwhile, the MeteoWorld Pavilion of the World Expo will give visitors the chance to appreciate the full moon despite the forecast of cloudy skies.

Liu Ouxuan, executive director of the pavilion, said visitors can see projected images shot by the Chinese lunar probe Chang'e 1.

Visitors will also get a chance to win mooncakes and pavilion pins, Liu said.


Most local hospitals will suspend outpatient services from tomorrow to Friday and during the National Day holiday from October 1 to 8. Emergency services will not be affected. Some hospitals, such as the Shanghai No. 10 People's Hospital, will have outpatient clinics open during the holiday period. Check hospital websites for details.


Buses, subways and taxis are gearing up for the expected increase in demand. The city's five major taxi companies are organizing 1,000 cars for emergency bookings. They will also ensure enough cabs will be available at each Expo entrance and exit.

Bus authorities will add more than 300 buses along Expo designated routes.

Extra buses will also be in place near Metro stops to handle evacuated passengers under an emergency.

The Metro operator said all their trains will be in service for the first time with passenger volume expected to exceed 7 million a day.

The railways are expected to handle 3.85 million passengers from today to September 24.

Activities and exhibitions

A musical barbecue festival is launched in the Shanghai Binjiang Forest Park in the Pudong New Area today. The festival, which runs until October 7, will also feature song and dance performances.

A million sunflowers are on display at the Chenshan Botanical Garden where visitors can enjoy a 10 percent discount on the 40 yuan (US$6) entrance fee by showing their Expo ticket.

An exhibition of Shanghai tourist souvenirs will be held from Thursday to Sunday at 300 Huaihai Road M. with Expo souvenirs the highlight.

The Shanghai Science and Technology Museum will be open to the public during the two festivals and feature special programs such as a scientific documentary film show. People who have Expo tickets can buy museum tickets at a 10 percent discount.


"Flirting Scholar," a comedy drama that tells the story of the romance between scholar Tang Bohu and maid Qiu Xiang is being staged in the Studio Theater of Shanghai Grand Theater at 7:30pm each night until Sunday.

Against the backdrop of Zhujiajiao Kezhi Garden in Qingpu District, the Kunqu Opera play "Peony Pavilion" features all the elements of a traditional opera. "Kunqu Opera Prince" Zhang Jun plays the lead and music is by Tan Dun. The show will stage special performances at 6:45pm tomorrow and Thursday.

Shanghai Kunqu Opera House presents "The Story of Family Seeking" at Yifu Theater especially for Mid-Autumn Festival, a time for family reunions, at 7:15pm tomorrow.

The Shanghai Acrobatic Troupe performs "Happy Circus" daily at Shanghai Circus World's Middle Theater at 2pm with circus feats and animal fun while at nights the troupe performs at the Shanghai Center Theater at 7:30pm. Both shows run until Friday.


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