âTis the season for travel in China. But virus fears cast a shadow over festivities.
Wuhan’s government, like many across China, has been offering free tickets to tourist attractions to try to salvage economic growth. For better or worse, it appears to be working, as China approaches its first major holiday season since tamping down the novel coronavirus.
The “Golden Week” holiday is one of the largest annual human migrations, with upward of 700 million people on the move. This year, it will be a crucial test of China’s efforts to regain normalcy and prevent new coronavirus waves.
The holiday season begins with China’s National Day on Oct. 1, marking 71 years of Communist Party rule. The period also coincides with this year’s Mid-autumn Festival, a one-day holiday that falls on the night of the fullest autumn moon.
With borders closed around the world, Chinese citizens itching to travel have had to look closer to home. About 408 million highway trips are expected to be made this Golden Week, slightly up from last year, China’s Ministry of Transport said Thursday. Domestic flight bookings are …continued .
[Source: Washington Post]