China National Day: After Kovid-19, millions of people are going on vacation at the same time

China National Day: After Kovid-19, millions of people are going on vacation at the same time

Hong Kong (CNN) – China is moving forward once again. With October 1 approaching, millions of people are expected to pack highways, trains and planes for the National Day holiday, the busiest time to travel in the world’s most populous country.

The eight-day break is China’s first major holiday since it emerged Corona virus An outbreak of an epidemic. While life has largely returned to normal in recent months, the upcoming “Golden Week” holiday will be an ambitious test of China’s success in controlling the virus – and much awaiting its economic recovery.
Last year, total 782 million domestic trips According to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, created during the holiday, generates tourism revenue of about 650 billion yuan ($ 95 billion).

During the National Day holiday in 2019, tourists flock to the Leshan Giant Buddha in Sichuan Province, China.

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Ministry Forecast 550 million domestic trips will be made this year, while Citrip, China’s largest online online travel agency, estimates that number will be completed. 600 million – Both above 70% of last year’s level.
The scale of the mass movement in such a short period of time is unbelievable in many parts of the world, where governments are still struggling to control the growing infection. In the United States, there are millions of cases of coronavirus over the weekend. Much of Europe is now in its grip The second wave Infection; Countries that have largely survived the first wave, such as Greece and Croatia, have also seen a large number of cases as tourists take summer vacations since Europe’s internal borders reopened in June.

But so far, the virus is far less of a concern for Chinese holidaymakers, which is why China is considering zero local transmission and some of the world’s toughest border control measures.

Chen Qianmei, 29, of the southern city of Guangzhou, went to Shanghai on Tuesday for a vacation. He said he was not worried about the virus, although he was still cautious.

“I think China (the virus) is under very good control,” he said. “I wear a mask and bring alcohol wipes to clean my hands, especially before eating – although in Shanghai, fewer people wear masks now.”

Show confidence

The coronavirus, which was found in the central Chinese city of Wuhan last December before spreading around the world, has been contained in China since March. In the months that followed, small-scale outbreaks have occasionally erupted – from the country’s northeast to the capital Beijing and the far western region of Xinjiang, but they were all quickly covered by tight lockdown measures and mass testing programs.

China has not reported any cases of the disease transmitted locally since the midst of Gust, and is strictly investigating foreign arrivals and workers at risk of exposure to the virus. Last week, it detected its first local asymptomatic infection in a month, after two port workers unloaded frozen imported seafood in Qingdao, testing positive for the virus in routine checkups.

Two residents were walking in an empty park during the Lunar New Year holiday on January 27 in Wuhan, China.

Two residents were walking in an empty park during the Lunar New Year holiday on January 27 in Wuhan, China.

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The lunar New Year holiday in late January – China’s last major travel period – is in stark contrast to the anxiety and a sense of control over the haphazard. At the time, a coronavirus outbreak had erupted in Wuhan after local officials initially silenced healthcare workers trying to sound the alarm. Two days before Lunar New Year’s Day, the Chinese government ordered an unprecedented lockdown on the city, but by then, the virus had already spread to other provinces and even the country, as millions of Chinese people went or took home for family reunification. Holidays abroad.

More than eight months later, China’s restrictions on domestic movement have all been lifted. Officially, Some cities still produce greenery for travelers Health Code On their smartphones at railway stations and airports to show that they are safe to travel, but implementation may be lacking in practice.
As a sign of the government’s confidence in controlling the virus, the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention Said last week Given that all cities in mainland China have shown lower risk for coronavirus, domestic travel for the upcoming holiday can be arranged “as normal”.

But the center still recommends passengers follow local epidemic control measures, wear masks on trains, flights and crowded places, and keep a distance of 1-meter (2.2 feet) in tourist spots – the last of which is impossible to observe. As difficult as it may be, the Chinese have often given the size of crowds drowning popular sites during the holidays.

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Last week, China’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism ordered tourist destinations to limit capacity to 75% during the Golden Week, which is more than the 0% limit compared to the previous month. To facilitate contact tracing, visitors need to register online in advance.

Tourists wearing face masks line up outside the Yellow Crane Tower in Wuhan, China on September 3rd.

Tourists wearing face masks line up outside the Yellow Crane Tower in Wuhan, China on September 3rd.

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Wu Zuniu, chief pathologist of the Chinese CDC, Said State broadcaster CCTV said earlier this month that there was no need to impose additional restrictions on domestic travel during the National Day holiday, as coronavirus no longer circulates in society.
“It is now impossible to transmit the virus to the social environment,” he said. He said. “Although we are still looking for dozens of imported cases in passengers arriving in China on international flights, the imported cases are managed in a closed loop and will not spread to society, and therefore will not have much impact on local residents.”

Increase domestic travel

Chinese officials, including the Chinese CDC and the Foreign Ministry, have urged Chinese nationals to avoid unnecessary foreign travel, citing a stable epidemic around the world.

China’s longest Golden Week holiday with the Lunar New Year holiday has traditionally seen a large number of middle-class Chinese travel abroad. More than last year 7 million overseas trips Were made during the holiday, with Japan and Thailand among the top destinations, government figures show.
Chinese tourists wait for their tour bus in Ginza Shopping District on October 02, 2019 in Tokyo, Japan.

Chinese tourists wait for their tour bus in Ginza Shopping District on October 02, 2019 in Tokyo, Japan.

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But this year, due to various visa restrictions and various worldwide requirements, as well as the lack of international flights, it will become practically impossible to travel abroad. After returning to China, travelers must face two weeks of strict quarantine – spending at least half the time in government-designated hotels.

The only exception is Macau, which in July waived the associated requirements of Melandland travelers who received a negative test result for coronavirus within seven days. Last week, mainland China fully introduced tourist visas for the semi-autonomous region, just in time for the national holiday.

Local governments are competing to attract tourists as Chinese holidaymakers turn to domestic destinations. According to Ctrip, More than 20 provincial and municipal governments have issued travel vouchers, while about 1,500 tourist destinations across China have issued free or discounted tickets.
China Railway Operator, China State Railway Group, Total Expectations 108 million train rides From 28 September to 8 October October. To cope with the increased demand, an additional 1,200 trains have been added to the service, but some tickets for popular routes have been wrapped up anyway.
Some flights have also been sold. Kunar, a Chinese travel online travel booking site, Estimate More than 15 million domestic flight tickets will be sold at Golden Week, up more than 10% from 2019, partly due to a reduction in the price of airfares flights.
And on the Chinese highway, big traffic jams are expected again this year. The average of 51 million highway trips According to the Ministry of Transport, it is expected during the eight-day holiday per day, which is 1% to 3% higher than last year.
Wuhan, the original epicenter of the outbreak, has become a popular destination for Chinese tourists since its lockdown was lifted in April. Last month, Hubei Province, of which Wuhan is the capital, Announced By the end of the year, about 400 of its tourist attractions will be open to tourists. Since the announcement, more than 7,474 million tickets for tourist destinations in Wuhan have been booked in just one month, according to the state government, on a booking platform set up by the province. Hubei Daily.
This Yellow crane tower, A popular landmark in Wuhan, according to Citrip, tops the list of most sought-after attractions for Golden Week.

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