Published on : Monday, April 6, 2020
A popular mountain range in southeast China, Huangshan Mountains was forced to close after tens of thousands of people flocked to its trails over the weekend. The crowds flocking to the Huangshan, or Yellow Mountains, in Anhui province highlight the difficulties the country may face in future as it tries to get back to normal while keeping Covid-19 under control.
Starting from Saturday, the Anhui provincial government had been offering free entry to 29 sites, including Huangshan, to boost visitor numbers. The visitors were asked to show their health status on an app, wear surgical masks and their body temperatures had to be checked before entering the site.
But on Sunday the park authorities said it would have to close because the number of visitors had reached its daily limit of 20,000 and urged people to visit other sites or come to the mountains at another time.
The pictures and video circulated on the social media platform, showing packs of local and national visitors walking up the mountain range over the three-day Ching Ming festival.
The tourism has been hit hard, and also its related industries. But the epidemic isn’t over. If the government must open the sites, they have to restrict the flow [of tourists], and those visitors from outside.
As of Sunday, the number of confirmed cases being treated in the country had fallen to 2,382, according to the National Health Commission, but the total number of imported cases rose to 913.