National Day tourists returning home
( 2003-10-06 09:16) (China Daily)
Most scenic spots across the country were still overcrowded yesterday, the fifth day of this year's week-long National Day holiday, but there was an increase in tourists travelling back home.
The China News Service reported that tickets to such large cities as Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou, capital of South China's Guangdong Province, were expected to become harder to get from today, though the airports in these cities have all put on at least 10 more per cent flights in and out since yesterday.
Similar difficulties are expected for rail and road transport. But tickets for most trains will not run short, promised a source with the Ministry of Railways.
This year has seen more people than ever travel around using their own cars, so local road transport authorities have urged people to be more cautious on the roads, which are expected to get really crowded in the final two days of the holiday.
The Central Meteorological Observation forecast that the weather will remain clear in most Chinese regions for the rest of the holiday.
Wedding ceremonies have been taking place across the country over the last few days of the holiday.
In Changchun, capital of Northeast China's Jilin Province, all luxury cars suitable for a wedding were booked one month in advance of the holiday. Few Changchun restaurants with at least 20 tables were not fully booked by the end of September.
The registry office in Changchun's Chaoyang District alone dealt with nearly 200 couples between October 1 and 3.
Li Weiguang, a master of wedding ceremonies with a Changchun wedding company, said: "I have been racing against time every day during the holiday, even though I have turned down a lot of offers.'' Li is hosting more than 10 ceremonies during the week-long holiday.
Similar situations have arisen in other Chinese cities. About 2,000 couples
are getting married in Nanjing, capital of East China's Jiangsu Province, during
the holiday, compared to roughly 150 to 200 in an average
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