Less than half-way through China's Spring Festival holiday, fog caused transport around the country's coastal regions to grind to a halt Saturday.
In one of the worst-hit cities, Dongying, east China's Shandong Province, heavy fog has reduced visibility to less than 50 meters.
By 9 a.m., eight expressway toll stations had been closed, according to the Shandong Highspeed Group Co., Ltd., a major expressway operator.
In nearby Binzhou, visibility was less than 500 meters.
With the holiday the only time many Chinese can visit relatives, meteorologists urged motorists to drive carefully and road and port authorities to monitor weather changes and strengthen transport management.
In Haikou, capital of the southern Hainan Province, all three ports, Xiuying, Xingang and Xinhaigang, had been closed as of 8 a.m.
Officials with Haikou Marine Bureau said the closures might hinder the transport of farm produce and passenger travel, but visibility might improve as light rain dispersed the heavy fog in the afternoon.
 SOURCE: Xinhua
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