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China’s Covid-Hit Tourism Season Deals Fresh Blow to the Economy

  • Lockdowns in popular holiday destinations threaten travel
  • Tourism industry was already under pressure from Covid rules
An closed beach due to a Covid-19 in Hainan, on Aug. 6.
An closed beach due to a Covid-19 in Hainan, on Aug. 6.Photographer: CNS/AFP/Getty Images

The summer chaos seen in some Chinese tourist destinations is a reminder of how far the country is from returning to normality as the government continues with its zero-tolerance approach toward Covid.

With daily virus cases almost in single digits at the end of June, and the international border still effectively shut, millions of Chinese were looking for a break. Instead, tens of thousands ended up being caught up in lockdowns in travel hotspots such as Tibet and the tropical island of Hainan.