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Traffic peaks fortomb sweeping

THE tomb-sweeping travel peak has come, with the railways and highways packed with travelers.

The first batch of locals poured out of the city yesterday afternoon -- to pay tribute to their deceased family members or visit neighboring provinces during the three-day Qingming Festival holiday.

More people are expected to leave the city today and the return peak will come Monday afternoon.

Shanghai's railway authorities expected passenger volume to reach 780,000, 5.26 percent more than last year, due to improved railway speed and services.

It advised locals to avoid the peak time from 6am to 10am on the weekend.

The Shanghai South Long-distance Bus Station estimated it would handle 105,000 travelers, 10 percent more than last year.

Passengers will mostly visit the traditional tomb-sweeping cities -- Suzhou, Wuxi, Hangzhou and Ningbo -- and some popular tourists sites in the Yangtze Delta River region.


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