Changsha braces up for heavy traffic
Changsha, Hunan province capital, is bracing up for the heavy travel during the upcoming eight-day National Day holiday starting from Oct 1.
This year, the holiday, or Golden Week, which coincides with Mid-Autumn Festival, will run from Oct 1 to 8, a day more than usual.
Travel peaks will start from Oct 1 till 7, said the travel guide released by Changsha traffic authority and Amap, a popular navigation app, on Sept 26.
With so many people intending to drive their own cars, traffic jams are likely to occur on highways around tourist attractions and transportation hubs, according to an analysis by the authority.
At the same time, the free access to highways will add more burden to the city's traffic during the holiday. The peak hours are forecast to last from 6 am to 7 pm on Oct 1.
As the Golden Week comes to an end, the Hunan province capital will face another great pressure from a huge number of returning passengers, who are estimated to crowd the roads from 6 pm to 8 pm on Oct 5 and from 11 am to 8 pm on Oct 6.
To ensure an efficient traffic for tourists, transport authorities advised travelers to pay attention to the real-time traffic published by the online map navigation.
Previous statistics show that Changsha residents are likely to spend their holidays shopping in BBG Max City, Friendship and Apollo Outlets and Wanda Plaza in Kaifu district, as well as scenic spots of Orange Island Park, Jinggang ancient town and Changsha Ecological Zoo.
The authority suggests that holiday-goers use public transport when possible.
In order to ensure traffic safety, trucks are forbidden at the Changsha section of the Beijing-Hongkong-Macao Highway (G4) during the holiday from 8 am on Oct 1 to 8 pm on Oct 8.
Source: Changsha Evening News