fter spending months inside worried about catching the coronavirus, people in China aren’t exactly rushing to go out and climb the Great Wall.
The Badaling section of the Great Wall reopened on Tuesday for the first time since the start of the Covid-19 outbreak at 30 percent capacity. However, it seems that China’s most famous tourist site would have been lucky to achieve 0.3 percent capacity.
Footage from Badaling on Tuesday shows a few scattered visitors to the Great Wall, a line of buses waiting for no one, and a tent-full of workers with nobody to perform health and security checks on.
The clips are quite the contrast to the usual atmosphere at Badaling, which welcomes upwards of 10 million people a year and 70,000 in a day during national holidays.
For now though, the most touristy section of the Great Wall of China is much looking much like the rest of the wall as opposed to, say, this:
Those wanting to visit should first buy a ticket via Badaling’swebsiteor 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 surgedback up to 78in 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 justreportedits first incidence of someone contracting the virus from an overseas returnee.