Thousands of Chinese tourists have visited a tourist attraction after it opened again amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The mountain range, Huangshan, was forced to close down after over 20,000 people flocked to the area. This comes as the local government has offered free entrance to 29 tourist spots.
Videos shared on social media showed Chinese tourists being stuck in the hiking trails over the 3-day Qing Ming Festival.
Also called Yellow Mountains, the Huangshan had to shut down after the number of tourists exceeded the daily limit of 20,000. Park authorities also urged people to come back at another time and visit other spots instead.
After being empty for weeks because of coronavirus, the Great Wall of China has also reopened. Other attractions, including Potala Palace, Terra Cotta Army, and the Westlake have also reopened but the Forbidden City and Disneyland in Shanghai remain closed.
The local government of Anhui province announced that people can visit 29 scenic spots for free from April 1 to April 14. Tourists are asked to wear face masks, have their temperature taken, and show their health status on their phones.
Wuhan officials have banned people from holding funeral services and visiting cemeteries to prevent cross-infection of the virus.
One internet user commented: “Wearing masks, but crowding together shoulder to shoulder on a mountainside! Special head shake for the guy who is stood in the crowd with the mask only over his chin, obviously thinks it’s a great idea to be there, but felt a mask was necessary, even though he only has it over his chin! You can’t make this **** up!”
Another wrote: “I have a hard time believing that a country populated with 4 times as many people, got away with only 3200 deaths.”
A third added: “I suppose as soon as our lockdown is over there will be thousands of them swarming around our sights of interest. Where do they get the money from for all this travel.”
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