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Traffic jams as hordes return

ABOUT 3.2 million people returned to Shanghai yesterday, the last day of the three-day Qingming Festival holiday, resulting in traffic jams on some local highways.

These local residents went to cemeteries yesterday for the traditional tomb sweeping, according to the Shanghai Civil Affairs Bureau, adding that they went in 190,000 vehicles.

Those headed to Fushouyuan Cemetery in Qingpu District were stuck in traffic jam for more than half an hour on Huqingping Highway. There were also traffic jams on highways leading to other cemeteries, including Xianheyuan Cemetery in Minhang District.

The Metro operator said more people chose subways to travel to suburban areas and use free shuttle buses from Metro stations to get to 14 cemeteries located in the city's outskirts.

Some key transit stations saw a 10 percent rise in passenger volume on average during the holiday, according to Metro officials.

Meanwhile, the Shanghai Sightseeing Bus Center yesterday said the volume of tourists opting to travel during the three-day holiday didn't increase much. More than 9,830 tourists traveled from the center during the holiday, about the same as last year's festival.

An ongoing cherry blossom festival at the Gucun Park in Baoshan District welcomed more than 200,000 visitors during the holiday, far beyond the park's capacity.

Traveling to Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan also became a new trend for mainland tourists during the Qingming holiday, according to the city's airport authorities.

The good weather during the holiday is set to turn rainy, weathermen reported yesterday. They advised people to take an umbrella when going out as rain is expected for at least four days from today.

However, the temperature will not change much, according to the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau.


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