Dragon Boat Festival is around the corner, as the 2018 World Cup is also getting underway. Guangdong is expecting a four-day travel rush starting today (June 15th).
Authorities announced that Guangzhou’s metro services will be extended by one hour for Dragon Boat Festival (June 18th), and that the Humen Bridge Highway will have traffic controls in place during that day.
Downtown: evening rush hours 5PM-7PM
It is estimated that the downtown area will see “severe” evening traffic from 17:00-19:00.
The Inner Ring Road (near the Zoo and Xichang Motorway Interchange), Liede Bridge, Zhongshan Avenue West, Huanshi West Road and Dongfeng West Road, as well as the city’s main avenues including the Guangzhou Middle Avenue and Huadi Middle Avenue are expected to be worst hit.
Zhujiang New Town, Beijing Road, the Zoo, Canton Tower and Chimelong Safari Park will be the hottest spots and are anticipating more tourists than normal during the holiday.
Since the 2018 World Cup will be in full swing, bars on Xingsheng Road, Yanjiang Road and Yuejiang West Road are expected to become hot spots, roads near these places expect a spike from 5PM - 11PM.
Metro: more trains
According to Guangzhou Metro, services except on the Knowledge City line will be extended by an hour on June 18th, and more trains will be scheduled to run during the holiday.
On June 17th, metro services on Line 2 will be extended by half an hour and two more night trains will be arranged from Guangzhou South Railway Station to Jiahewanggang Station.
Highways: not free during holiday
Authorities remind people that travel on highways will NOT be free of charge for cars under seven seats during the Dragon Boat Festival Holiday.
At the same time, Humen Bridge Highway will implement traffic control from 10:00-20:00 during the holiday, especially for trucks with a certified weight of 10 tons or above. It is estimated that 9AM to 8PM will be the rush hours for cars traveling to Guangzhou and Zhuhai and 10AM to 11PM will be the peak time for cars traveling to Dongguan. Authorities suggest that drivers carefully plan their travel to avoid these times.
Reported by Nan
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