Tourism Safety Stressed, 'Rules of Outing' for May Day Holiday

Source: HangzhouTube, Global Times, CGTN,

Good afternoon

Nearly 70 percent of China's scenic spots have reopened to visitors during the May Day holiday, and everything seems to be back on the track. But, is everything really the same as pre-coronavirus? Of course not, and here are some "rules of outing" you need to know.

No. 1: The health QR code: A must ticket for all

All provinces in China have adopted a new pass:
the health QR code. Before heading to your tourist destination, it is better to look at local requirements and be prepared.

No. 2: Reservation is a necessity

Nearly all reopened attractions even those with free entry require reservation. For instance, in the West Lake in Hangzhou, previously an open area, tourists need to make reservations online, so that the total number of tourists can be capped at 30 percent of usual capacity.

No. 3: Not yet the time to throw away face masks

As of late April, many areas have also loosened requirements on wearing face masks. However, face masks are still necessary for densely populated areas such as companies, train stations, airports, museums, galleries and supermarkets.
And many tourist attractions still have "keeping face masks on" as an entry requirement.

No. 4: Social distancing is still important

Even with restrictions eased, social distancing is still important for protecting ourselves as well as others. While dining outside, leave enough space between you and your neighboring table.
China has also been promoting serving individual portions rather than communal dining.

No. 5: Don't forget your vouchers

This is more of a tip instead of a rule. As of the end of April, more than 30 Chinese cities have distributed billions of vouchers to boost the consumption,
which can be used in supermarkets, restaurants, hotels, transportation, and tourist attractions.

Pay attention to the local news, and it might add some fun for your holiday plan, as well as save you some money.

Chinese mainland saw 1 new confirmed COVID-19 case

Chinese health authority said Saturday that it received reports of one new confirmed COVID-19 case on the Chinese mainland Friday, which was imported case.

Hubei lowers COVID-19 emergency response level

Hubei Province lowers its emergency response to the novel coronavirus epidemic from the top level to the second level starting from today.

China has a four-tier response system for public health emergencies that determines what measures it will implement, with level one being the most serious.

China's ecological environment improves in 2019

China saw progress in ecological environment protection as the quality of air, surface water and oceans improved in 2019, according to a report on environmental protection.

The share of good air quality days in China's 337 cities at or above the prefecture level hit 82 percent in 2019, with 157 cities nationwide meeting the air quality standards, said the report submitted to the ongoing regular session of the National People's Congress Standing Committee.


Meanwhile, the impact of the heavily polluted weather mitigated in 2019, with a notable decrease in the peak concentration, pollution intensity, duration and impact scope, compared with previous years, it noted.

According to the report, the share of surface water with a good quality rating at grade III or above was up 3.9 percentage points year on year, while the worst-rated water quality decreased by 3.3 percentage points over the last year.

Rest stops appear in Hangzhou in tribute to workers

Just before International Labor Day, many heart-warming rest stops appeared in Hangzhou in a tribute to grassroots workers.

This is part of a community welfare program, named "a square meter warm corner" that is dedicated to building rest stops in public areas for grassroots workers including food and express delivery staff, chauffeurs, and outdoor workers.


Free water, drinks, snacks, napkins, and cell-phone chargers are available at the rest stops. Some stops also put up a board on which notes were written by local residents to express their appreciation to the workers, especially during the pandemic.

These heart-warming stops have seen positive feedback from both workers and the public. Starting in 2019, more and more cities and other locations have answered to the call to offer a more comfortable and considerate environment for outdoor workers.

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