Toll Free Travel to Start during Spring Festival
From January 31 to February 6 the 13 expressways in Shenzhen will be toll free and drivers will be issued paper cards at all tollgates six hours before the start and at the end of the toll free period. These paper cards will allow drivers to move through toll booths without paying or the need to stop and return the cards after the toll free period ends and starts.
Last year transportation authorities expected peak outbound traffic on local expressways to happen from 8 am and 10 pm on January 25,26 and 27, then the return traffic peak will occur from 10 am to a0 pm on February 5 and 6. Drivers that are heading to several destinations such as Meizhou, Heyuan, Hunan, Jiangxi and Guangzhou are told to use the new Boshen Expressway that connects Boluo County in Huizhou to Shenzhen. Also drivers traveling to Dongguan and Guangzhou can use the new Guangzhou Shenzhen Riverside Expressway.
Drivers are also asked to download the mobile phone app Traffic in Hand to access the updated information on the traffic on expressway. The Chinese language app has no English language function yet. Long distance buses in Futian are expecting to see more than 6,000 passengers on their peak travel days during the festival. Those who are planning to travel by bus should buy long distance bus tickets as early as possible and online booking for tickets are available as well.
Since 2012, China will also be exempting passenger vehicles with seven seats or fewer from tolls on expressways on major holidays based on studies the expressways tolls in China is one among the highest in the world as tolls comes out about 1 yuan for every 2 kilometers.