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Tourist rush as 'China Month' gets under way

THE National Day holiday is expected to see a 40 percent increase in the number of tourists compared to last year.

It is estimated that more than 8 million tourists will visit the city while more than 50,000 Shanghai tourists will head overseas.

The Shanghai Tourism Administration said the occupancy rate of local hotels will be around 85 percent with average room prices of around 300 yuan (US$44.73) a night.

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

Many people will also be enjoying a longer holiday this year by combining the National Day and the Mid-Autumn Festival.

"The long holiday heats up the outbound travel market," said Dao.

"Hong Kong, Macau, South Korea and some South Asian countries will be the hottest destinations for Shanghai outbound tourists."

Extra trains and buses are being pressed into service to cope with the expected travel rush and ticket booths for train and long-distance bus tickets are open 24 hours a day.

Officials said tickets for popular routes were selling fast and a railway ticket hotline even broke down for several hours due to too many people trying to get through.

The Shanghai Railway Bureau said the railways are expected to handle about 10.5 million passengers, an 8.9 percent rise compared to last year, mainly heading to nearby provinces.

The peak will be on October 1 when 1.35 million passengers will take the train.

Rail officials said an extra 106 train services would be added from Shanghai to cities such as Nanjing, Hangzhou and Suzhou.

Along the long-distance bus routes the number of passengers is expected to jump by up to 20 percent and more than 800,000 passengers are expected at the city's two major long-distance bus stations during the holiday.

Meanwhile, local forecasters are warning that a typhoon and drop in temperature may affect the city during the holiday period.


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