Ministry issues safety precautions ahead of May Day travel rush

Passengers queue up to board the train at Guiyangbei Railway Station in Guiyang, capital of Southwest China's Guizhou province, April 28, 2018. (Photo: Xinhua)

BEIJING, April 26 (Xinhua) -- China's Ministry of Culture and Tourism has called for enhanced safety precautions during the May Day holiday, which is expected to see a tourism boom.

Travelers who plan long-distance driving should check car conditions, licenses and insurance to ensure safe driving, said the ministry in a brief reminder published on its website Friday.

Drowsy driving should be avoided, and driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is strictly prohibited, according to the ministry.

The ministry warned travelers against possible extreme weather in some southern parts of China, saying trips to mountainous areas, valleys and areas next to water should be avoided in case of bad weather.

Travelers should take extra cautions when participating in high-risk entertainment activities, said the ministry, advising travelers to choose entertainment activities based on their age and health conditions.

The May Day holiday will last from May 1 to 4.