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Say hello to 2010!

THE city offers many opportunities to celebrate New Year's Eve - either traditional Chinese-style or with modern lights, dance and music, report Lu Feiran, Liang Yiwen, Cai Wenjun, Ni Yinbin, Zha Minjie and Xu Chi.

Longhua Temple

At 11pm, the first of 108 bell tolls will ring out at Longhua Temple in Xuhui District, symbolizing good riddance to old troubles and blessing the coming year.

Outside the temple, you can write down your New Year wishes on red paper, and hang them on a big tree. That part's free.

Venue: Longhua Temple, 2853 Longhua Road.

Admission: 200 yuan (US$29). People who toll the bell will pay another 318 yuan.

New Year Countdown Party:

Time: From evening to midnight.

Venue: Taiping Lake, Xintiandi

Bund New Year Countdown Party:

Venue: Chen Yi Square on the Bund in Huangpu District.

About 4,500 people are expected. Bells will ring and fireworks will ignite at midnight to greet the New Year.

Lujiazui New Year Countdown Party:

Venue: Binjiang Avenue by the Huangpu River in Pudong.

The climax will come at midnight, when 18 buildings, including the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, in the central Lujiazui Area show dazzling lights together with fireworks.

Xujiahui New Year Countdown Party:

Pop stars from Hong Kong and Taiwain, such as Gigi Leung, will take part in tonight's New Year Countdown Party in the center of the Xujiahui area.

A three-minute fireworks show will erupt at midnight.

Climbing activities

Fond of exercise? You can take part in climbs at Pudong's Oriental Pearl TV Tower and the Sheshan Hill in Songjiang District tomorrow to celebrate the New Year.


Fifteen popular tourist sites in Pudong New Area, such as the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, will be open at half price today.

Science museum

Shanghai Science and Technology Museum will be open from 8:45am to 6:30pm during the three-day holiday, 90 minutes longer than usual.

The New World Department Store on Nanjing Road Pedestrian Mall offers a 200 yuan coupon for each purchase totaling 188 yuan today. The store will also extend today's business hours to 2am tomorrow, the first day of 2010.

The Nextage Department Store in Pudong, which set a national daily sales record for a single store on last New Year's Eve with 258 million yuan in revenue, will offer consumers a 300 yuan coupon for spending 500 yuan until 2am tomorrow.

The New Year should be pleasant, with the cold giving way to warmer temperatures through Sunday, weathermen said.

Drizzles may appear in some southern suburban areas tomorrow night but most of the city will be fine, the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau said yesterday.

Although Shanghai got as warm as 10 degrees Celsius yesterday, the chill should come again today with a low of zero.

But the temperature will be climbing through the holiday, the bureau said, and should hit a high of 13 on Sunday.

The holiday forecast:

Tomorrow: Cloudy to overcast -1 to 8 °?C

Saturday: Overcast to cloudy 3 to 11 °?C

Sunday: Sunny to cloudy4 to 13 °?C

Monday: Sunny to cloudy 4 to 9 °?C

Extra subways and buses will roll tonight to help revelers enjoy the night out.


Metro Line 1 will prolong its operation time to 12:30am. The subway operator will add seven extra trains for the crowds at the People's Square, Xujiahui, Shaanxi Road S. and Huangpi Road S. stations.

But other Metro lines will not extend the operation time, said the operator.


More city buses will be put on streets to handle the larger crowds.

Some major shopping centers, such as downtown's Xintiandi area, will use free shuttle buses to further allay the concerns for the visitors, sending them to the nearest Metro stations.


Trains leaving the city will be crowded. The two city railway stations are expected to handle 622,000 passengers during the three-day holiday, a 1.1 percent increase compared to a year ago.

The peak will be January 1, with the passenger turnout to reach 182,000, said railway officials.

Railway authorities will add seven extra trains to neighboring cities, including Suzhou, Wuxi and Hefei, during the holiday.

Long-distance bus

Shanghai South Long-Distance Bus Station is expecting 80,000 passengers during the holiday, a 10 percent jump compared to last year. The peak will arrive today and tomorrow with a daily volume of 20,000.

Out-patient services of local hospitals will stop during the three-day New Year holiday beginning tomorrow, but emergency services will be available all day and night during the holiday, said the Shanghai Health Bureau.

Because of the presence of swine flu, local health authorities have ordered fever clinics at hospitals to be open to patients around the clock.


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