The Mid-Autumn Festival is almost upon us, and as with any country-wide holiday in China, we can expect huge amounts (millions upon millions of people moving around!) of traffic both in and out of Shanghai. So what’s Shanghai going to do? Block roads around Expo, apparently.
Shanghai is expected to become the most popular domestic tourist destination for both of the upcoming holidays: Mid-Autumn and the National Holiday. While nobody’s released expectation numbers for Mid-Autumn, tourism officials said about 8 million people will flood our city for National Holidays.
On Wednesday, the start of the Mid-Autumn Festival, Shanghai will be celebrating Car Free Day in the most measly way possible. Thought last year’s Car Free Day was ridiculous? This year’s is even more so: though it will at least last the full 12 hours this time (up from the paltry two-and-a-half last year), it will ONLY have a ban on private cars in a 7km2 area around the Expo.
Yes, they’re banning private cars in a place where nearly 95% of visitors go to using public transit anyway. That’s so stupid that I’m beginning to wonder why anyone even bothered coming up with it – it would’ve been better if they just ignored World Car Free Day altogether.
Oh well, at least subway cars will come more frequently. A total of 332 trains are expected to be in service, with 36 extra in reserve, for the over 7 million passengers per day during the holidays.
And at least we aren’t Beijing, which set records for congestion over the weekend (140 traffic jams in ONE DAY!). I mean, take a look at this pic (from Chinasmack) and tell me that we aren’t lucky to be in Shanghai, even with the tourist flood and stupid “Car Free Day” antics.