Tourism booms as epidemic subsides

Updated:2020-03-23 (chinadaily.com.cn)

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Tianyi Pavilion, one of the most renowned scenic attractions in Ningbo, reopens to the public on March 23. [Photo/cnnb.com.cn]

More than 20 scenic attractions in Ningbo, East China's Zhejiang province, had reopened to the public as of March 22 as the epidemic subsides.

Dafan village, located in Dayan town, Fenghua district, recently attracted a large number of visitors interested in viewing its wide stretches of blooming rapeseed flowers.

Visitors are required to make reservations ahead of time, and the visitor number is limited to 1,000 per day. They are also required to present green health QR codes indicating they have little chance of contracting the disease, have their temperatures taken, and wear face masks.

Staff at the scenic attraction said that tickets have sold out due to enormous demand, but that the number of visitors is limited and no crowds are forming in the scenic area.

Tianyi Pavilion, one of the most renowned scenic attractions in Ningbo, also reopened to the public on March 23.

It is open from 8:30 to 17:00 every day except Monday, when it is open from 13:30 to 17:00. Visitors are not allowed to enter after 16:30. 

Visitors are required to reserve tickets via WeChat or Alipay and carry out real time registration.

Tianyi Pavilion is the oldest private library still standing in China. The 26,000-square-meter library has amassed a collection of 300,000 books, 80,000 of which are considered rare. 

Ningbo will reopen more than 70 percent of its scenic attractions by the end of this month and all scenic attractions by the end of June, according to a recent plan rolled out by the Ningbo municipal bureau of culture, radio, film and tourism. 

As of March 9, all patients in the city diagnosed with novel coronavirus pneumonia (COVID-19) had recovered and been discharged from hospitals. The city hasn’t reported any new cases since Feb 15.