hile international visitors still have to stay in quarantine for two weeks upon arrival, Beijing is evidently in a hurry to reopen its top tourist spots.
The Badaling section of the Great Wall of China reopened to visitors on Tuesday at under 30 percent of its usual capacity.
Located about 80 kilometers northwest of Beijing, Badaling is the most touristy section of the refurbished Great Wall, attracting more than 10 million visitors a year and sometimes as many as 70,000 in a single day.
Those looking to visit should first buy a ticket via Badaling’s website or WeChat account.
Upon arrival, they will have their temperature checked and Health QR code scanned before being allowed entry. Masks are also required and visitors should stay one meter away from each other.
Medical staff will now receive free entry along with active military personnel.
Badaling’s reopening comes as new coronavirus cases have surged back up to 78 in mainland China, about half of that number comes from imported cases reported in Beijing.
While most of these imported cases are being put immediately into quarantine, China’s capital has also just reported its first incidence of someone contracting the virus from an overseas returnee.