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City to be lit up for holiday

Shanghai will deck up the city with landscape lighting from September 30 to October 6 for the National Day holiday.

The downtown areas will be lit up from 6pm to 11pm, including the elevated roads, windows of shopping malls, as well as the exteriors of office buildings.

Meanwhile, Shanghai railway authorities expect around 2.8 million people to head out of the city during the holiday period. The first four days — from September 30 to October 3 — will be the busiest, with October 1 alone likely to see peak travel of around 400,000 passengers.

The railways will add 39 extra trains to Zhejiang, Jiangsu, Anhui and Henan provinces to deal with the surge in holiday travel.

Tolls on highways will be exempted for 7-seater or smaller vehicles from midnight of October 1 to midnight of October 7. The highways are expected to handle 20 percent more vehicles during the holiday than last year. October 1 alone will have a   car volume of 1 million.

Parking at the Shanghai Pudong International Airport is expected to jump 50 percent. It has an indoor parking capacity for 4,500 cars but will likely handle over 6,000 cars daily. The airport authorities have said if the numbers jump  they will allow parking at their reserve open-air parking lots.

The city’s traffic authorities are also working with Metro operator Shanghai Shentong Company to extend the operation time of several lines as department stores usually organize late night shopping spree on the first day of the holiday.



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