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Snow, lanterns and open banks for holiday week

THE Spring Festival holiday is set to be chilly with occasional flurries of snow, weather forecasters said yesterday.

Tomorrow, Chinese New Year's Eve, is forecast to be overcast with some snow falling. After that, sunny skies, with occasional cloudy spells, are expected for most of the holiday, said the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau.

The maximum temperature during the holiday will be no higher than 7 degrees Celsius, while the minimum is expected to drop to minus 1 degree. The lowest temperatures are expected early on Wednesday and Thursday morning, forecasters said.


The city will hold a series of activities with traditional Chinese cultural themes during the holiday.

Dragon and lion dances created by two artists will take place at Xintiandi on Tuesday afternoon. And a lantern exhibition and temple fair will be held at Yuyuan Garden during the holiday, said the Shanghai Tourism Administration.

Some scenic areas in suburban areas, such as Zhujiajiao and Daguanyuan Garden in Qingpu District, will also hold activities such as temple fairs to mark the Chinese New Year.


All scenic lighting on the city's buildings and attractions will be switched on from tomorrow until Friday to celebrate the Chinese New Year, said the Shanghai Greenery and Public Sanitation Bureau.

The lighting-up time for tomorrow will be from 6pm until 12:30am, while from Monday to Friday sites will be illuminated between 6pm and 10:30pm.

Health care

Local hospitals will suspend outpatient services from tomorrow, with these resuming next Sunday. Emergency services will be available throughout the week-long holiday.

Shanghai Railway Bureau's Center for Disease Control and Prevention has said it will increase disinfection measures in railway stations and on trains to control infectious diseases and protect passenger health during the holiday travel peak period.


Major banks in Shanghai will keep many of their branches open to meet customer demand during the holiday.

The Shanghai branch of Industrial and Commercial Bank of China - the world's biggest by market value - will open half of its outlets in busy downtown areas and residential areas between tomorrow and Tuesday.

Normal opening schedules for branches will resume on Wednesday.

Around 80 percent of Bank of Shanghai outlets - 170 branches - will remain open during the holiday week.


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