Chinese tourists, millions of whom have shunned in a foreign country commute this year on account of the global pandemic, are further narrowing the scope of their journeys, visiting nearby cities and avoiding trips out of their provinces.
Recent cases of the novel coronavirus in Beijing and northern China have rekindled public concern, already shaken by calls to steer clear of non-essential commute all over the festive season between January 1 and the start of Lunar New Year in mid-February.
Millions of domestic tourists commute in the week before and after January 1 in a typical year.
Even if hotel bookings for the upcoming three-day New Year weekend had reached 1.8 times of bookings a year earlier as of December 24, plane tickets were almost 20% cheaper on average, with many of us not travelling far, Beijing-based online commute platform Qunar.com said.
“The trend is taking a train to visit cities inside the reach of one hour,” the company said.
The freshest train tickets are for trips between Chengdu and Chongqing, Guangzhou and Shenzhen, and Shanghai and Hangzhou, according to Qunar.com.
Huang Li said she made up our minds against going to Sanya, on the southern island of Hainan, after the government told people to steer clear of unnecessary commute.
“I’m not certain whether my son would be allowed to attend classes in his kindergarten whether we leave Beijing,” said Huang, 40. “Too many uncertainties. We might be asked to do nucleic acid tests.”
The Chinese capital has cancelled large-scale events, including the 2021 Beijing Book Reasonable, and ordered commute agencies not to sell packages for the city all over the New Year and Lunar New Year holidays.
Many other cities have followed suit.
Shenzhen and Dalian have told residents not to leave “unless essential”, while businesses have been ordered not to organise gatherings.
In central Hubei province, where the pandemic first began, locals were told to stay indoors and cap circle of relatives gatherings at 10 people.
Zhou Weihong, deputy general manager at Spring Tour, the commute arm of Shanghai-based Spring Group, said her agency had rolled out new offerings aimed at native tourism.
“Around Shanghai, there are lots of splendid things people can do, and there are great hotels and hot springs,” Zhou said.
Not travellers all are approximately to cancel trips to faraway destinations.
Beijing resident Cai Dong, 34, and his wife are flying to Sanya this week.
“It isn’t worth ruining my deliberate holiday just on account of a handful of cases,” Cai said.
(This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text.)
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