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Tomb-Sweeping traffic problem looms

SHANGHAI is facing major traffic congestion with more than 7 million residents expected to hit the roads over the next few weekends for the traditional Tomb-Sweeping Festival.

The Tomb-Sweeping Festival day itself, which falls on April 4, is expected to see an estimated 2.4 million residents visiting tombs in Shanghai suburbs or nearby provinces to pay tribute to deceased relatives and friends, according to the Shanghai Tomb-Sweeping Festival Work Command Center today.

Heavy traffic flows are also expected on the weekends of March 28 and April 4 when nearly 4.2 million residents and 400,000 cars are expected to be on the move, an official of the center said.

Peak travel hours will be between 8am and 11:30 am on the four days, he added.

Fengxian Seashore Cemetery Garden, the main cemetery in the south of the city, will see its busiest period of time during the year, with 800,000 visitors expected.

People are advised to avoid peak hours for their outings.

A total of 2.37 million local residents hit the roads on Tomb Sweeping Day last year.


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