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China’s Tourist Sites Swarmed During Holiday Despite Covid Risks

Visitors in Macau on Jan. 25.
Visitors in Macau on Jan. 25.Photographer: Eduardo Leal/Bloomberg

China’s most scenic destinations have been inundated during the Spring Festival holiday, as Beijing’s shift away from Covid Zero spurred a travel frenzy despite the country’s ongoing omicron outbreak. 

Almost 34,400 tourists visited the jagged mountain ranges of Huangshan in Anhui province on Jan. 24, the highest daily figure during Chinese New Year since 2018, the area’s management group said on WeChat. A national forest park in Hunan province had more than 60,000 sightseers the same day - a record high - with some claiming on social media that they were stuck on top of a mountain for hours.