More Residents Planning Road Trips During the National Day Holidays
As the national holiday approaches a majority of Shenzhen residents are planning to go on self driven road trips which spurred local car rental businesses. In a rare alignment of the lunar and standard calendars this year’s seven day National Day holiday follows the Mid Autumn Festival giving workers in China a longer holiday.
When planning trips transportation officials have cautioned drivers to avoid peak travel times. In addition a new national policy will be implemented for the first time that will waive highway tolls across the nation for any vehicles that is carrying less than eight people during certain national holidays. Because of these factors many residents were inspired to take road trips and those who don’t own any vehicles are planning to rent one.
A Chinese auto rental company said that their company seen an increase in the number of people that are booking cars for this year’s National Day holiday compared to last year which they attributed to the new toll policy which can cut at least 30 percent of transportation costs for travelers. Some car rental even canceled short term rentals to cope up with the demand. Rental companies also said that people planning to go on road trips should make reservations as early as possible as the holiday approaches rental options tend to decrease.
Travel agencies are also offering customer’s road trip packages which include hotels, sightseeing and other services. Travel experts are also saying that residents should expect traffic jams and suggests avoiding rush hours and peak travel days. Busiest roadways will be on October 2, 3 and 4.