The Great Wall of China was completley deserted on the first day of its reopening

Things around the world are from normal. If we are all lucky and abiding by rules we may have hope of resuming routine life in a few weeks. That, however, is not the case with China. They are gaining control of their normal lives as the virus has been controlled and eradicated. This has led to the reopening of the Badaling section of the Great Wall in China. As one would expect, after several weeks of lockdown, people would be jumping with joy all over the grand structure and feeling the fresh air but that was hardly the case. In reality, the Great Wall reopened on Tuesday for the first time since the start of the Covid-19 outbreak at 30 percent capacity but the most famous tourist site barely made it to 0.3 percent capacity. Guess the population is still scarred from recent experiences and health scares. The tourist spot nonetheless seemed ready and geared to handle a large group of visitors but their services were of no use as other than a few scattered visitors there wasn’t anyone to make use of the line of buses waiting or a tent-full of workers ready to perform health and security checks on visitors.

This makes for an alarming view for a place that’s used to receiving as many as 10 million people a year and 70,000 in a day during national holidays. For people who would like to be brave and visit the grandness of the Great Wall can buy tickets via Badaling’s website or WeChat account. Precautions are still being taken in the form of temperature checks, Health QR code scanning, and mandatory masks.

[Via: Shanghaiist]

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