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Photos of tourists packed onto the Great Wall of China look like they were taken years ago

Summary List PlacementPhotos of tourists at the Great Wall of China last weekend look like a scene from 2019. Thousands of people packed the attraction on May 1, The Sun reported, some with masks and some without. It was Labor Day, and China's Transport Ministry estimated that Chinese travelers would take a combined total of more than 260 million trips over the holiday weekend, The Wall Street Journal reported. Trip.com, China's largest online travel-booking site, told The Wall Street Journal that flight reservations for the holiday weekend increased 23% from the same time period in 2019.  China eased travel restrictions on March 15,...

People visit the Great Wall during the labour day holiday in Beijing on May 1, 2021.

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Photos of tourists at the Great Wall of China last weekend look like a scene from 2019.

Thousands of people packed the attraction on May 1, The Sun reported, some with masks and some without.

It was Labor Day, and China’s Transport Ministry estimated that Chinese travelers would take a combined total of more than 260 million trips over the holiday weekend, The Wall Street Journal reported.

People visit the Great Wall during the labour day holiday in Beijing on May 1, 2021Trip.com, China’s largest online travel-booking site, told The Wall Street Journal that flight reservations for the holiday weekend increased 23% from the same time period in 2019. 

China eased travel restrictions on March 15, CNN reported, allowing residents to return and some travel from other countries “for work or humanitarian reasons.”

So far, travelers entering China must have had the Chinese-made coronavirus vaccine 15 days before entering and recent negative COVID tests. 

According to a website for visiting a popular section of the Great Wall called Mutianyu, patrons should wear masks and are “strictly forbidden to gather in piles.”

But the photos tell a different story. 

Crowds of people are seen crammed shoulder to shoulder in-between the two sides of the wall.

This isn’t the first time the Great Wall has seen a shocking number of visitors during the pandemic. Back in October 2020, China saw a similar scene over Golden Week, an eight-day national holiday, as CNN reported.

Despite guidelines to maintain about 3 feet of distance between other patrons from the Badaling Special Administrative Region Office, tourists are seen filling the wall to the brim, and some appear to be wearing masks while others had them pulled down to their chins.

BEIJING, CHINA - OCTOBER 04: Chinese tourists crowd in a bottleneck as they move slowly on a section of the Great Wall at Badaling after tickets sold out during the 'Golden Week' holiday on October 4, 2020 in Beijing, China. Officials are expecting the Golden Week holiday to boost China's consumer economy as people were encouraged to use the 8-day break to travel and spend. Tourist sites including the Great Wall were packed, with tickets selling out most days given pandemic restrictions and capacity capped at 75%. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) classifies the country as a low-level risk for coronavirus.

In February and March of 2020, China saw thousands of new cases a day, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). At its highest point on February 13, 2020, China saw more than 15,000 new cases, WHO reports.

On May 3, China reported 17 new confirmed cases, according to Reuters.

At the same time, China is ramping up vaccinations by the millions, as Reuters reported. On April 30, the country had administered about 265 million doses. By May 1, the number jumped up above 270 million.

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