COVID-19 fears Chinese tourists come out

    Beijing: Taking a sip of bubble tea and dressed in their holiday best, millions of Chinese travelers celebrated the holiday with COVID-19 for the domestic tourist attraction on Labor Day.

    Beijing’s historic street streets were visited by tourists on Tuesday (May 4), while a bride wearing a red tulle took wedding photos with her groom outside the Forbidden City.

    Out-of-towers looted popular sites in Shanghai over the weekend, pulling multiple roller bags and selfies against the city’s horizon.

    A busy Beijing shopping street

    A busy Beijing shopping street. (Photo: AFP / Noel Salis)

    In Wuhan, where COVID-19 was first reported in late 2019, thousands of masked revelers danced shoulder-to-shoulder at the outdoor Strawberry Music Festival.

    China has largely brought the virus under control with strict lockdowns and border controls since the mid-2020s, with only 17 cases reported among travelers in the country on Tuesday.

    The Chinese economy recorded an explosive growth of 18.3 percent in GDP in the first quarter, and life in China is back to normal largely from occasional small outbreaks, even as a new wave of infection hits neighboring India. It weighs a lot.

    Limitations on flights abroad, and quarantine requirements for anyone entering the country mean that foreign holidays are almost completely out of the question.

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    The five-day holiday ending on Wednesday contrasts starkly with the fear and silence in Chinese cities since the world’s first COVID-19 lockdown told millions to stay indoors.

    Travel booking platform Ctrip said it expected 200 million people to travel in China during the five-day period, with hotel bookings up more than 40 percent before the epidemic.

    The company believes pent-up demand, including tourists canceling the plan after several minor outbreaks during the Lunar New Year period in February, has raised flight prices above 2019 prices.

    But Chinese authorities were wary of the virus resurgence, urging tourist attractions to limit the number of tourists, and told travelers the need to register in advance from popular sites.

    Crowds of people roam the streets of Nanlugqiang, Beijing

    Hordes of people roam the streets in Nanlugqiang, Beijing. (Photo: AFP / Noel Salis)

    Zhang, a man from Shijiazhuang in Hebei Province, visited Beijing with his family, saying he was eager to see the historical architecture and monuments in the capital.

    “The virus has been well controlled, and now the vaccine has already come out, so I feel relatively safe,” he told AFP.

    And Zhao Mengyu, a high-school teacher in suburban Beijing, took a day trip to the Nanlugqiang shopping street and told AFP, “I think we locals feel very lucky. If we were foreigners, we would Can not be able to go out … We will not feel free, and it will also be quite dangerous. “

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