About 100,000 people are expected to flock to the park on peak days during the festival. The park is expecting more visitors in early April when most of the cherry flowers will be in bloom.
The park, said to be the largest in Asia, can handle 120,000 visitors at a time, but its entry will be limited to 96,000 people, or 80 percent of its maximum capacity, to ensure safety.
More subway trains will be pressed into service to clear the park if the number of tourists surpasses the park’s maximum capacity of 200,000, said Qin Weixu, deputy director with Baoshan District’s transport commission. Ten shuttle buses will be on stand by to transport large numbers of visitors to the nearest stations of Metro Line 1, 3 and 7.
Authorities have this year allocated 2,000 extra parking spaces. A total of 5,400 cars can be parked at one time.
More shared bikes will be dispatched around the park to encourage visitors to take green transport to the nearest Metro or bus stations. Staff will patrol the parking areas for shared bikes to prevent them from blocking roads or pedestrian ways.
To ensure the security and order during peak days, the district police will assign around 1,200 police officers, armed police and security guards to the park, Zhang Yi, a senior officer with the Baoshan police, said.
The police will also guide the large stream of people to nearby Metro stations. More traffic signs will be added to guide drivers to park at less crowded parking lots. Officers will patrol across the popular sites within the park to crack down on theft.
Last year, a record of 182,966 visitors visited the park on April 3 during the Qingming Festival holiday.
Tickets for this year’s event costs 20 yuan (US$3) for adults and 10 yuan for students. A 4-yuan discount is offered to people between 60 and 64 years old on production of a valid identity card or passport. Visitors over 65 years old can enjoy free admission.