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Islands launch orange festival

WITH the opening of the Changjiang Bridge on Saturday, city residents will be able to pick oranges more easily on Chongming, Changxing and Hengsha islands.

Orange production on the three islands is estimated to total 170,000 tons this year, officials said at the opening of Chongming Orange Festival last Saturday.

Orchards are bracing for extra visitors, as drivers will take just 90 minutes from the Pudong New Area to cross the new tunnel under the Yangtze River to Changxing Island and then a cable bridge to Chongming.

Tourists are charged 20 yuan (US$2.92) each to pick 5 kilograms of oranges in Luhua Town, Chongming Island. The charge on Changxing Island is 1.3 yuan per kilogram and that on Hengsha is 2 yuan per kilogram.


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