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The atmosphere is gloomy during the Chinese holiday

Thai Binh (TV reporter in China)Sunday, May 1, 2022 11:00 GMT+7

Beijing city with 23 million people is quiet, many shopping centers are closed, crowded activities are cancelled. The city stipulates that in order to enter commercial centers and public amusement parks, residents must present a QR health scan code, the test result is negative within 48 hours. Annoying and afraid of being infected, most people stay in the city. There is still a stream of people going to be tested all over the neighborhood, many people are stressed after a long time fighting the epidemic.

Ms. Li Bang – People of Beijing, China said: “You see, a crowded, bustling city before but now is empty. I don’t know how people live anymore”.

The atmosphere is gloomy during the holiday in China - Photo 1.

Queuing for a COVID-19 test in Beijing. Photo: Xinhua

Most tragic is the leading tourist center of Shanghai, people from other places are not allowed to travel to Shanghai. Shanghai’s 25 million residents have been in lockdown for more than a month and can’t go anywhere. The Chinese Ministry of Transport estimates that this holiday has about 100 million trips, down 62% over the same period. The biggest drop was the railway, with only 32 million trips.

Mr. Cai Jin – Vice President of the China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing said: “Especially contact services such as dining, accommodation and tourism have plummeted because people are afraid to go out. Only when the epidemic stops Only then will it be restored.”

The Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) for the non-manufacturing sector in April only reached 41.9, a sharp decrease from 48.4 in March. This shows that the tourism and purchasing services industry is going down. and slow recovery.

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