The Palace Museum, housed inside the Forbidden City, yesterday launched a pilot scheme to cap the number of visitors to no more than 80,000.
According to NetEase, the Palace Museum will implements a real-name registration policy for ticket purchasing. Both individuals and tour groups are encouraged to go online and register in advance.
“Today is a try-out. The number of the tourists will not exceed 80,000, but it will probably soar after the students start their summer vacation. By then, we will be better equipped to cope with the peak season,” said Shan Jixiang, director of the Palace Museum.
Statistics show that last year, the site had 42 days that visitors exceeded 80,000. During this past Tomb Sweeping Festival and May Day, the museum has received 99,000 visitors and 110,000 visitors respectively.
The Palace Museum had tried and failed to launch an upper limit on the number of daily visitors in 2008. To ensure that the policy is a success this time, the museum has installed several automated ticket selling and inspection systems late last year.
Let’s hope that the museum is successful in handling the peak season.
By Lucy Liu
[Images via Xinhua]