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Heavy traffic expected during three-day Qingming holiday


04-02-2016 11:36 BJT

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Saturday marks the beginning of the three-day Qingming Festival. It's an occasion when Chinese people traditionally sweep tombs, pay tributes to their deceased ancestors, and enjoy the spring time. It also a good chance for a short getaway, resulting in heavy traffic across the country.

Authorities say the travel rush this year began on Friday, and will last until Monday. Railways in cities like Beijing and Shanghai are expected to see a huge influx of passengers. Additional trains have been put on to cope with the travel rush.

During the three-day holiday, expressways in China will be toll-free and roads linking to major graveyards and city suburbs are predicted to see heavy traffic during the period.

Aviation is also seeing increased passenger numbers. The Beijing International Airport will transport more than 270,000 people on a daily basis, almost the same as during Chinese New Year. The Civil aviation department has reminded passengers to set aside enough time, and where possible, to avoid travelling during peak hours.

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