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Cherry blossoms cause jam on Metro

A RECORD 265,000 people visited Gucun Park to view the cherry blossoms over the weekend, park officials said yesterday.

In response to the huge numbers of people traveling to the park via subway Line 7, the Metro operator has introduced a contraflow system to help ease the flow of passengers.

Until April 15, people will be able to enter the station only via Exit 2 and 3, and get out of it via Exit 1.

Meanwhile, police are expecting a huge influx of visitors over the next two weekends as people celebrate the Qingming Festival on April 5.

More than 8 million people are expected to converge on the city’s 17 cemeteries and increased congestion is expected on nearby roads between 8am and noon over the weekends of March 29-30 and April 5-6.

To help, buses will run from stations on Metro lines 2, 5, 8, 9 and 11 to cemeteries in Songjiang, Minhang, Jiading and the Pudong New Area.

Songhe Cemetery in Jiading saw a 20 percent rise in visitors over the weekend as people brought forward their tomb-sweeping plans to take advantage of the good weather.


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