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Cloud forecast for the holiday

WEATHER conditions today are expected to be mostly fine with a little rainfall, forecasters said yesterday.

But the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau said the three-day May Day holiday that starts today should be mainly cloudy, with thunder as well as showers in parts of the city today.

Temperatures in the coming days should be stable with the low dropping from 19 to 14 degrees Celsius due to a weak cold front, and the high remaining at 29 to 22 degrees Celsius, the weather bureau said.

Shanghai will see many people coming to and leaving the city by air, road and rail over the holiday.

Train services are being added, and more than 970,000 passengers are expected to pass through the city's railway stations over the holiday, said officials.

City airport authorities said neighboring countries and regions, such as Singapore, Thailand and Taiwan, will be popular destinations.

Traffic officials said city's South Long-distance Bus Station is expected to handle 152,000 passengers, and extra services have been added.

Meanwhile, the city Metro will increase capacity along Line 11 after the holiday with interval times expected to be reduced to four minutes during peak hours.

Tourists and locals have many options on how to spend the May Day holiday in the city or neighboring provinces. Parks and museums are running special events, while sightseeing bus centers are offering dozens of packages to different destinations.

Some spring flower exhibitions will celebrate blooms during the holiday. Binjiang Forest Park in the Pudong New Area is promising a spectacular display of azaleas. And the Shanghai Botanical Garden is holding an exhibition of 1,000-year-old seeds.

Tourists can book one-day or two-day packages through the Shanghai Sightseeing Bus Center, which will provide transport, dining and accommodation.

The center said the neighboring cities of Ningbo, Changzhou and Hangzhou will be the hottest destinations.


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