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Trains get busy as holiday ends

WITH the Spring Festival holiday drawing to a close, some 200,000 people are expected to arrive back in the city by train tomorrow, Shanghai Tourism Bureau said yesterday.

Tomorrow is the final day of the seven-day holiday and the city is expected to see a peak in the number of passengers arriving - non-locals who went home to celebrate the Lunar New Year and residents who spent the holiday traveling.

During the first three days of the holiday, Shanghai railways transported a total of 388,000 people, a 4.6 percent dip over the same period of last year.

This year's holiday saw an increase in the number of people using the city's Metro network. The Metro's 11 lines handled more than 12 million passengers from February 2 to 5, an increase of 48.4 percent over last year. But fewer people used the buses - about 680,000 fewer during the first four days than in 2010.

About 1.93 million tourists from both home and abroad enjoyed warm and sunny weather during their visit to Shanghai during the first four days of the holiday, a 20 percent rise over last year, said local tourism authorities.

Some popular attractions, such as Guyi Garden in Nanxiang Town, Yuyuan Garden, the Shanghai Wildlife Park and Century Park, saw an almost four-fold increase in the number of visitors.

The tourism bureau said that all the local tourists who had been stranded in Egypt because of the problems there had already arrived home or had stopped off in Istanbul.

Tourists who had gone to Australia, which was hit by storms and floods, were all safe and most sightseeing trips had not been affected, the bureau said.

There were also no reports that the bad weather in the United States had affected the plans of Chinese tourists there.


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