Forbidden City reopens to tourists after 97 days

Beijings famed Forbidden City is no longer forbidden to tourists for the first time in 97 days.

The old imperial palace shut its formidable doors in January along with Chinas other tourist attractions in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

Its reopening more than three months later coincides with the five-day Labor Day holiday in China. However, from May 1 to May 5, visitor numbers will be limited to just 5,000 a day, a small fraction of the usual 80,000 allowed in.

To visit, tourists had to make reservations online. Already, all slots for the holiday have been sold out.

Photos from the Forbidden City on Friday show a small number of visitors in face masks making their way through health checks and keeping distance from one another.

Elsewhere in Beijing, parks and museums are also reopening at limited capacity. The city has downgraded its emergency response level from first to second tier but rules maintaining social distancing and temperature checks remain in effect.

[Images via NetEase]



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