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Seaside Lockdown Shows Covid Zero’s Lasting Hit to China Tourism

  • Beihai emerges from snap lockdown that stretched for a month
  • Popular holiday spots Xinjiang, Tibet seek to tame outbreaks

The seaside city of Beihai is emerging from a monthlong lockdown that derailed its peak tourism season, a likely indicator of what’s in store for China’s travel sector as other summer vacation hotspots struggle to get outbreaks under control.

The city in the southern region of Guangxi lifted restrictions on Tuesday as cases ebbed. Authorities had imposed the lockdown of most of Beihai without warning in mid-July, stranding 20,000 tourists and sparking a surge of travel cancellations.