As a reported 100,000 participants swarm the city this weekend for the 48th National Wine & Spirits Fair, its transport system is posed with a challenge, especially the six-month-old Metro Line 1, reported the Sichuan News Network.
The fair, featuring baijiu, wine, beer, liquor, beverages and condiments, runs from 25 to 28 March. Several measures are in place to relieve traffic pressures in the city.
Members of the public are discouraged from driving to the Century City New Convention Centre, where the fair is held.
Vehicles without Wine Fair certification passes will be banned on surrounding roads from 7:30 am to 6 pm on 21 to 28 March.
Affected roads include those northwards of the convention centre, up to the start of Fucheng Dadao, southwards to the entrance of Zhanyuan Dong Lu, westwards before entering Tianfu Dadao, and eastwards up to the Third Ring Road at Hong Xing Lu South.
Drivers can park at the Beihu Carpark, Gongyuan Carpark, Chengda Multi-storey Carpark, and under the bridge of Hong Xing Lu South's city expressway. Parking on Tianfu Dadao is not allowed.
This weekend, the metro will start an hour earlier at 8am, reported the Sichuan News Network and Chengdu Wanbao. Intervals between train arrivals will be cut by two minutes, allowing more trains to be dispatched.
Daily passenger volumes are expected to hit 260,000, compared to the usual load of 120,000 to 150,000, said a Chengdu Railway Company spokesperson.
Pedestrian entry into the Century City subway station might be limited depending on the situation, said the Head of Depot, Tang Tao, who added that the metro saw a peak of 250,000 passengers during last year's Western China Fair.
Main transit points such as the North Railway Station and Tianfu Square Station are also expected to be packed.
More than 30 staff will be deployed to the Century City station with 10 more ticketing counters made available, said the Vice Director of Operations, Peng Jinming.
Bus No. 115, 118, 545 and other buses which arrive at the event venue will have their frequencies increased by 5 to 10 percent, according to Deputy Inspector Wang Zengyong from the Transport Committee of Chengdu.
Buses departing from or traveling through the Guixi Bus Station and South Railway Station, such as No. 16, 49 and 55, will see a frequency increase of 10 to 20 percent, from 7:30 am to 9:30 am and 3 to 6 pm.
There are two specialized bus services from the South Railway Station and Guixi Bus Station to the New Convention Centre. Bus No. 16 will extend its route to the transport hub at the South Railway Station.
More than 100 emergency back-up buses are allocated to ferry passengers from the Century City Subway Station when the need arises.
About 5,500 taxi drivers have been tasked for this event, with their cabs being labeled.
These taxis will arrive at the cab stand opposite the third convention hall, in batches, from 11:30 am to 6 pm daily.
Chengdu has been selected as the permanent venue for the Wine Fair, much to the cheers of the hospitality and telecommunications sectors.
Undergraduates have also been roped in by various agents and distributors to market their brands.