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Your tip sheet for a great holiday


The weathermen say to expect nice days throughout the holiday, with a little rain on the last day.

Shanghai Meteorological Bureau said temperatures should be high, reaching a a maximum of 26 degrees Celsius.

Traffic controls

The Lupu Bridge will be closed today because of the World Expo's opening ceremony. The bridge, which passes over the Expo site, will reopen at 4am tomorrow. Traffic police suggest that riders take the Nanpu Bridge and other vehicle tunnels.

Police may enact similar shut-downs on part of the Yan'an Elevated Road, the Inner Ring Road, the Nanpu Bridge and Yan'an Road Tunnel from 4pm to midnight today, depending on traffic conditions. Some streets in Pudong's Lujiazui area have been closed since yesterday to vehicles and pedestrians, except those with special passes.

In Pudong, the area of Fenghe Road, Mingzhuta Road and Fucheng Road to the shore of the Huangpu River, closed since yesterday afternoon, will remain closed until 2pm Sunday.

The area of Dongyuan Road and Lujiazui Road W. to the shore of the Huangpu will be closed tomorrow, 6am to 10pm.


The Metro will extend service on five lines that stop near the Expo entrances. The extra service will run past midnight on Lines 4, 6, 7, 8 and 9. The time between trains is set at 10 to 15 minutes.

But only 12 stations close to the Expo entrances will allow both entrance and exit late at night. Other stations will be exit-only after about 10:30pm.

Line 13, the only subway inside the Expo site, runs until after the site closes at midnight.


The Shanghai night skyline will be awash with color all through the six-month Expo period.

From May 1 to October 7, scenic lighting along the Huangpu River and around the Expo zone will be on from 7pm to 11pm. Other parts of the downtown area will shine every day from 7pm to 10pm. Buildings on the outskirts will be lit on Friday and Saturday nights.

On big events like the Expo's opening and closing ceremonies, scenic lighting will glow from 6:30pm to midnight.

The Shanghai Greenery and Public Sanitation Bureau said light shows have been installed in eight places, including the Nanpu, Yangpu and Lupu bridges and the Bund.


Local hospitals will stop outpatient operations between April 30 and May 4, as they shift their focus to servicing the Expo.

Emergency departments will remain available all day and night.

"Since the Expo will attract visitors all over the world, our medical staff at the medical stations at the Expo site are fluent in English, and we also have volunteers who can offer assistance to those from other parts of the world," said Song Guofan, a health bureau official.

Meanwhile, health authorities reminded visitors to pay attention to personal safety and avoid accidents when enjoying the event.

The bureau suggests visitors wear comfortable shoes and that pregnant women, the elderly, children and people with chronic diseases take shuttle buses instead of walking. They should bring folding benches while queuing for pavilions.

Officials urge visitors to be aware of sun-stroke and sunburn if it is sunny and bring more clothes if visiting at night.

Patients with chronic diseases should bring medicine with them and not visit the Expo zone alone.


Most of the banks in the city will keep their outlets open during the holiday.

Bank of Communications will keep open its 100-plus outlets in Shanghai, except those in industrial zones, over the holiday.

BoCom has seven foreign exchange services outlets in the Expo site, to exchange currencies including US dollar, the Australian dollar and the Swiss franc.

BoCom has five sub-branches and 40-plus self-service banking machines at the Expo site.

Bank of China and Agricultural Bank of China will also have most outlets open during the holidays. Bank of China, the biggest forex bank in China, will keep open its 170 outlets in the city during the holiday. Industrial and Commercial Bank of China will keeps open all its 450-plus outlets in the city.

And if you're not going to the Expo...

Binjiang Forest Park

An azalea exhibition will be held in the park in the Pudong New Area. Azaleas from 20 cities in China will be on view.

Date: April 16 to May 16

Shanghai Oriental Art Center

Several concerts and musicals, including a Chopin solo concert and musical Cinderella, will be performed.

Date: May 1 to May 3

Shanghai Wildlife Park

A circus party will be held during the May Day holiday. Elephants, tigers, zebras and chimpanzees will all be on the stage.

Date: until May 31


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