Several barricades were seen being placed at the Bund in Shanghai on January 11, surrounding a major part of the riverfront area where people have been going to grieve for victims of the New Year’s Eve stampede. News reports say that conservation maintenance is being carried out at the moment, and that the general area is still open for sightseeing.
NetEase reported that parts of the Bund have been temporarily closed off for upgrading, including Chenyi Square, where the deadly stampede occurred. According to a related source, this maintenance is expected to be finished by mid-April.
Tourists can still continue sightseeing during the maintenance.
The horrific mob-crush on New Year’s Eve that left 36 people dead has caused a widespread scare ahead of the Spring Festival, China’s most important week-long holiday and the biggest annual human migration in the world. In the wake of the tragedy, the city government has gone to far efforts to curb the number of crowds drawn in during the holiday, including canceling two of the city’s famed lantern festival celebrations.
By Luke Sun
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