Hopes are rising that the freezing weather will ease in the next few days, sparing travellers from further holiday turmoil. Michael Wu Siu-ieng, a committee member of the Hong Kong Association of Travel Agents, said: 'We are hearing from mainland authorities that the weather will improve in the coming three or four days.' More than 300 passengers on the train from Beijing due to arrive in Hong Kong on Monday finally reached Hung Hom at about noon yesterday. The train left for Beijing shortly afterwards, half full as more than 100 ticket holders sought refunds. Despite the better forecast, the Travel Industry Council cancelled all package tours to Changsha and Zhangjiajie in Hunan, which are the most affected areas, until Saturday. This affects about 700 people on package tours. If the poor weather continues, 300 more tours could be scrapped. The council's executive director, Joseph Tung Yiu-chung, said customers whose tours were affected could book other trips within six months or obtain refunds for a fee of between HK$150 and HK$300. More than 100 tourists from Hong Kong remain stranded on the mainland and arrangements are being made to bring them home as soon as possible. Mr Tung said: 'Hong Kong agents will of course suffer because they have to cancel a number of groups before February 2. We are still monitoring the situation. 'Hopefully, if the situation improves, airports reopen and airlines operate normally, we will not be affected too much. But we do worry that if this situation carries on, it will definitely create quite a problem.' Hong Kong travel agencies have been bracing for more disruptions but Mr Wu said much of the chaos had been limited to trains. He expected total and mainland arrivals to Hong Kong during the Lunar New Year to each grow 8 per cent year on year if conditions had returned to normal by then. To help ease some of the congestion at mainland train stations, Hong Kong factory owners are being urged to reopen their dormitories so workers can stay there if they cannot leave. Andrew Leung Kwan-yuen, who represents the Federation of Hong Kong Industries in the Legislative Council, called on factory owners to ensure workers stuck in Guangdong had enough food and shelter during the holiday. The General Chamber of Commerce also urged its members with factory operations in the Pearl River Delta to keep their dormitories open.