People flocked to cemeteries during Qingming Festival

People flocked to cemeteries during Qingming FestivalPeople were flocking to cemeteries to visit and honor deceased loved ones during the three day Qingming Festival in Shenzhen. Yesterday was the peak of Qingming Festival and had estimated around 620,000 people had visited the city’s three major cemeteries.

The city administration for funeral services noticed that in this year’s tomb sweeping day more people are bringing flowers instead of firecrackers or paper money offerings. The administration also organized social workers and volunteers to provide flowers to visitors in the three cemeteries namely Jitian cemetery, Overseas Chinese cemetery and Bao’en Fudi.

3,200 accident reports happened from April 3 to 5 almost same to last year’s festival as told by the traffic police. The civil affairs bureau also established an online remembrance www.eeloves.com that had 50,000 visits last week. The site was established more than four years ago and have already saw 10 million visits and created 80,000 online memorial halls.

A surge of vehicles was also felt by the city as people were rushing back to Shenzhen via Shantou and Huizhou expressways. Border crossings checkpoints also handled 2.5 million travelers during the three day Qingming Festival.

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