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Published on : Monday, October 7, 2013
In Beijing, heavy smog lasted into the second day Sunday and visibility was under 1,000 metres. As of 10 am, traffic police authorities had closed down six inter-provincial expressways, including highway linking the capital with Harbin in the northeast, Shanghai to the south, as well as Tianjin and Hebei Province.
Meanwhile, the authorities in Tianjin, about 100 km southeast of here, said they had closed down all 14 expressways in the municipality amid heavy fog. In neighbouring Hebei Province, 13 expressways have been closed until visibility improves.
Foggy weather has also affected most parts of Liaoning Province in the northeast. As of Sunday morning, 15 expressways there have been closed down.
In the foggiest industrial city of Anshan, visibility was under 50 metres in some areas and many travellers were forced to postpone their trips.
Sunday is the sixth day of the week-long holiday for China’s National Day and large crowds of holidaymakers are heading home from their tours.
The foggy weather has wreaked more havoc on the road, as expressways, that open for free during the holiday, are already under heavy pressure.