The People’s Republic of China was founded on the first day of October 1949. In honor of it, the giant state has celebrated the beginning of October as a kind of Independence Day and has become one of the most beloved holiday seasons for the Chinese.
The eight-day “Golden Week” allows the Chinese to escape everyday circles.
Indeed, the beginning of the fall holiday has once again filled motorways, train stations and airports as hundreds of millions of Chinese have gone on holiday. For the state leadership, it provides an opportunity to show the world that coronavirus stapling is possible.
Alternatively, it can also provide an epidemic seam to launch a new attack.
Last year, the holiday around National Day generated a total of 782 million domestic trips and propped up the economy by almost one hundred billion euros.
At the same time, restrictions on movement and crisis preparedness are once again being tightened in Europe and in both Americas. Certainly in many tourist villages, images of Chinese travel enthusiasm are considered jealous.
Naturally, the coronavirus still affects the back of the Chinese. Some don’t want to leave their safe home anywhere, which is why estimates revolve around about 70 percent of last year’s travel volumes. Nevertheless, about 600 million trips during a global pandemic feel like complete madness or incredible courage.
China wants to bulge its muscles. It is certain that it will be able to keep the SARS-CoV-2 virus under control during the migration.
– It is impossible for anyone to get infected with the virus in social interactions. It is true that we are still finding a few cases from abroad, but we are stopping their chain of infection and they have no effect on citizens, China’s chief epidemiologist Wu Zunyou said to the state CCTV channel.
No new domestic symptomatic coronary infections have been found in China since mid-August. Those entering the country have to go through very strict virus control.
For a vacation to Wuhan
A similar tourism challenge would be impossible anywhere else in the world. In the United States, for example, the coronavirus has already infected at least seven million people, and the curves have turned uphill across Europe as well.
– I think the virus is well controlled here. I have a face mask and I bring cleaning cloths for hand washing, 29 years old Chen Qianmei said CNN: where.
– In Shanghai, for example, only a few people have a mask left.
China has the advantage of extremely strict border controls and effective isolation of domestic infections. Sure, the country’s patient statistics have been dubious from the start, but it can certainly be said that the central government would not allow hundreds of millions of holiday tourism if it saw the epidemic as a threat.
The coronavirus pandemic started in Wuhan, but has since expanded to its current dimensions largely outside China. The communist-led superpower suppressed the domestic epidemic with extremely severe curfews from early spring, and has since switched to strict test and Trace control.
So much so that the Golden Week program has changed that previously popular trips abroad have now been left out. Last year, the Chinese made as many as seven million trips to National Day, mainly to Japan and Thailand, but now the holiday is celebrated at home.
Surprisingly, the most popular destination has been the very same Wuhan, which the famous Yellow Tower has topped the top of the search lists.
On holiday trips, it is still recommended to use a face mask and a safety distance in tourist destinations. Adherence to the latter may prove impossible simply because of the number of tourists.