A Section Of The Great Wall Of China Has Reopened To Visitors

by Gizel Menezes
A Section Of The Great Wall Of China Has Reopened To Visitors

As a sign of hope and recovery, the authorities in China have lifted the lockdown in some parts of the country, including the most popular section of the Great Wall of China – the Badaling section.

The Badaling section of the Great Wall of China has been made accessible to the public after being shut for 2 months. This 7-km-long section of the UNESCO World Heritage Site extends from Bei Liu Lou to Nan Wu Lou Ban and is located around 70 kilometers away from the capital city of Beijing. 

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Badaling Section Opens To Visitors With A Few Measures In Place

According to a statement, parts of the Badaling section will remain open from 9 am to 4 pm every day, while the rest of the Badaling Great Wall, along with the Shuiguan Great Wall, the Ancient Great Wall and the Great Wall Museum of China, will remain closed.

During the peak season, the Great Wall Of China receives a footfall of more than 10 million people every year. However, to discourage crowds, the Chinese officials will permit only 30% of the usual number of visitors for the time being.

To be permitted entry, tickets must be booked in advance, either on the Badaling Great Wall’s official website or through China’s WeChat app. Upon registration, the visitors will receive a QR health code, which needs to be shown before one enters the premises. In order to ensure the safety of the visitors, temperatures checks will be undertaken. All visitors need to wear face masks and are advised to maintain a distance of at least one meter away from each other. The same set of rules applies to the medical staff and military personnel; however, free entry will be provided to them.

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China Slowly Returning To Normalcy

The iconic tourist site was closed to visitors on January 25 when the coronavirus epidemic began to ramp up in the country. However, as mentioned earlier, lockdown restrictions have been lifted in the Hubei province, a few night clubs in Shanghai and a few shopping districts.
With decreasing numbers of infections, the policymakers in China are attempting to revitalize the economy, which has been crippled due to the massive spread of the novel coronavirus.