Fri, October 07, 2011
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Chinese big cities prepare for returning vacationers

2011-10-07 04:07:55 GMT2011-10-07 12:07:55(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Traffic jams is seen outside the Beijing West Railway Station in Beijing, capital of China, Oct. 7, 2011. China's railways are especially busy on Friday, the last day of the week-long National Day holiday, as vacationers begin to return to their working places. (Xinhua/Cui Genyuan)

Passengers wait at the exit of the railway station in Qingdao, a coastal city in east China's Shandong Province, Oct. 7, 2011. China's railways are especially busy on Friday, the last day of the week-long National Day holiday, as vacationers begin to return to their working places. (Xinhua/Li Ziheng)

Passengers prepare to board a train at the railway station in Yinchuan, capital of northwest China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, Oct. 7, 2011. China's railways are especially busy on Friday, the last day of the week-long National Day holiday, as vacationers begin to return to their working places. (Xinhua/Peng Zhaozhi)

BEIJING, Oct. 7 (Xinhua) -- As the week-long National Day Holiday draws to an end, vacationers begin to return to their working places and serious traffic jams are expected on roads to big cities on Friday, the last day of the holiday.

Beijing Traffic Management Bureau said in a notice that peak time of traffic on expressways to Beijing would last more than seven hours and would not be eased until 9 pm Friday.

Traffic jams had in fact widely occurred on Thursday afternoon, especially on expressways of Beijing-Tibet, Beijing-Chengde, Beijing-Hongkong-Macao and the airport expressway. On the Hebei section of the Beijing-Tibet Expressway, vehicles queued up for tens of kilometers starting from 3 pm.

Other big cities like Shanghai, Guangzhou and Wuhan are also facing heavy traffic pressure. The 2011 Shanghai Tourism Festival, which closed on Thursday, attracted more than nine million visitors.

Statistics from the National Tourism Administration showed that on Thursday, the 119 tourism zones surveyed reported up to 3.1 million visitors, up 13.5 percent from the same period last year, among which Guangzhou enjoyed a growth of 207.91 percent to 295,600 visitors.

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