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Destination Shanghai as watchers arrive from all over the world

PEOPLE from around the world have been arriving in Shanghai for the eclipse with both airports reporting up to double the usual number of passengers.

China is the ideal spot to view tomorrow morning's event and Shanghai is one of the places that offer the best observation points.

Airlines reported that passenger traffic from Tokyo to Shanghai had increased by nearly 80 percent in recent days. Flights from Japan to Shanghai from the weekend to today had all been fully booked, they said, with many of the passengers making the trip especially to see the eclipse in the city.

Among them was the Tanaga family who landed at Hongqiao Airport on the weekend. Mr Tanaga told immigration police he brought his wife and daughter to Shanghai to observe the eclipse which he believed would be "a beautiful shared memory for the family."

Incoming passenger traffic at Hongqiao Airport since the weekend was 1.5 times that of the earlier days in the month and almost 70 percent higher than a month earlier, Hongqiao Airport immigration police said yesterday.

At Pudong International Airport, incoming travelers since the weekend soared by 30 percent with the number of tour groups doubled, immigration police said.

"Apart from the usual Japanese and South Korean tour groups, we are also having special groups of astronomy fans from France, Germany and Italy as well as elsewhere in Europe. Many of the tourists had never set foot in China before," Yang Xiajie, an immigration police officer with the Pudong airport, said yesterday.


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