Tourism across the world has been hit hard by COVID-19 but China has one key advantage – 1.4 billion people with nowhere else to go.
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But with the pandemic raging abroad, with many popular tourist destinations keeping their borders closed and with the prospect of a two-week quarantine in a centralised facility on return, Chinese tourists are staying in the country.
On a recent weekday in Huangshan, the Yellow Mountains, in eastern China, thousands of people were making the climb.
It is one of China’s most popular tourist destinations, with an average of 3 million visitors a year, according to Chinese state media. But the number of tickets has been capped at half for COVID-19 reasons.
A tour guide who gave his surname as Jiang told Sky News: “The number of visitors dropped this year, of course. Take August for example. Last August, I had to work every day. But this August, there were some days I didn’t work.”
But it is a comeback, and the main reason offered by the tourists who was that they felt safe travelling, despite crowded trains, planes and buses.
Some were making up for lost time.
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