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Extra buses for festival

RESIDENTS leaving the city during the upcoming Qingming, or the Tomb-Sweeping Festival, will find the going easier this year.

More coach services are to be made available from Shanghai to neighboring provinces, the city's long-distance bus operator said.

It is estimated that around 80,000 people will leave the city for the festival which falls on April 4, the first Saturday of the month, with residents visiting tomb sites in nearby provinces to pay tribute to deceased relatives and friends.

Others will be taking advantage of the break to go on sightseeing trips.

The figure is 20 percent higher than last year because local bus companies and their counterparts in neighboring provinces will be able to put on extra services after two important bridge crossings opened to traffic over the past year.

The Sutong Bridge, which spans the Yangtze River, connecting Nantong and Changshu cities in Jiangsu Province, and the Hangzhou Bay Bridge, off the eastern coast of China, both opened last May, after last year's Qingming Festival.

The bridges have made an increase in coach services possible, said Shi Weiwei, an official with Shanghai South Long-Distance Bus Station, the city's second largest coach terminal.

From April 1, local travelers will also be able to book return tickets at local booths for trips between Shanghai and Wenzhou and Putuo Mountain in neighboring Zhejiang Province. Booking details are available at Chinese Website (, the bus authority said.


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