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The holiday's over, and it's back to work

WAVING goodbye to their hometowns, tens of thousands of people began their journey back to Shanghai via trains, buses and planes yesterday.

More train services have been added, with the city's railway stations expecting to handle more than 300,000 passengers over the last two days of the holiday.

More than 400 long-distance buses have been sent to provinces such as Anhui, Jiangsu, Jiangxi and Hubei in east and central China to bring migrant workers back.

According to traffic authorities, more than 80,000 passengers are expected to arrive at the city today via long-distance buses.

City public management officials said 27 shuttle bus lines have been put into use to service the city's three major railway stations and two international airports.

Some workers came back to city early. One, surnamed He, who had arrived with four friends from Anhui Province, said the "early bird catches the worm," and they hoped to find jobs before more arrived.

Pudong and Hongqiao airport authorities said yesterday that more than 22,000 passengers a day had left the city to spend the final few days of the holiday in other tourist spots. Hong Kong was their first choice with Thailand and Japan second and third.

Meanwhile, Shanghai's traffic law enforcement team said they caught seven illegal taxis during the holiday.


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