Can this be a thing of the past soon?
Shanghai police estimates that a record 5.8 million people swept tombs over the three-day Qingming Festival, reports Shanghai Daily:
Traffic congestion was spotted on highways in the mornings from Monday to yesterday, during which more than 514,000 vehicles were on the road, police said.
Both numbers smashed records for traffic flow for the holiday, according to police.
Yesterday was the actual holiday, when Chinese by tradition visit their ancestors’ tombs. More than 2.5 million residents in Shanghai were estimated to have visited cemeteries yesterday, and the city’s highways leading to major cemeteries in suburban Jiading, Qingpu, Songjiang and Fengxian districts started to jam up from 7am.
The situation got worse later as cars inching toward Jiading from the S5 Hujia Expressway lined up on the Middle Ring Road in Baoshan District for several kilometers. The traffic congestion finally lifted around 9:30am.
At least five traffic accidents were confirmed around Tianmashan Cemetery but none was serious, police said. Extra traffic police forces, including two helicopters with another one standing by, were dispatched to the major intersections and tollgates to help move traffic, police said.