The “Golden Week” in China sees millions of citizens traveling overseas. However, due to the pandemic, many people have chosen to travel nearby. China has seen a significant surge in domestic travel, indicating the desire to roam free again after being stuck at home for months.
As the world still struggles to overcome the second wave of the pandemic, China seems to have returned to normalcy. There has been no reports of locally transmitted cases in the country since 15th August 2020. Wuhan, which was the origin of the pandemic, saw a massive pool party with no safety protocols being followed.
About 550 million domestic trips will be made during this week. Although, this is only 70% of the trips made last year during this period. This shows that a number of people still have a fear of being infected. More than 7 million citizens made international trips during this week last year. This desire to travel to ‘faraway’ places has led to an increase in bookings in places like Lhasa this year.
Extra security guards have been deployed to the Great Wall of China. Beijing has loosened its restriction, making wearing masks in public optional. Tickets for the Forbidden City have been sold out. This shows a rebound amongst the people after being suppressed for nine months.
The rest of the world still battles the health issues and changes in lifestyle created by the coronavirus pandemic.
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Source: The New York Times