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Influx of tourists to jump 40% during 'golden week'

MORE than 8 million tourists from both home and abroad are expected to visit Shanghai during the National Day holiday, up 40 percent from last year's same period. Meanwhile more than 50,000 Shanghai residents will go overseas, local tourism officials said today.

The Shanghai Tourism Administration said about 85 percent of local hotel rooms has been booked for the seven-day holiday. Average room rate is about 300 yuan (US$44.70) a night, officials said.

"As October 1 will be the China Pavilion Day and the whole month will be the Expo 'China Month,' the visitor volume will soar," said Dao Shuming, director of the administration.

Also today, the city's weather bureau warned that typhoons and a cold front may hit the city during the "Golden Week."

"Due to this year's delayed change of season, typhoons come later than usual," said Feng Lei, a chief meteorologist in Shanghai.

"In 2007, the last typhoon of the year hit the city on October 12. This phenomenon may repeat this year. Besides, a strong cold front is expected to arrive around October 6," Feng said.


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