Covid-19 Birthplace In China, Wuhan, Now A Top Travel Attraction- FORBES
For months, authorities in China have been advising citizens against trips to Wuhan, the birthplace of the global Covid-19 pandemic. Today they can’t keep them away.
For Wuhan–not Beijing–currently tops China’s wish list of places to go this year. The sprawling city on the banks of the Yangtze River has shot to no.1 must-see destination in the country, up from eighth place last year. That’s according to a study from the Chinese Tourism Academy in Beijing. The findings come from a poll of 15,000 people, plus data from 20 million social media posts.
As Wuhan slowly gets back on its feet after the 11-week lockdown that ended on April 8, tourism may prove a salvation.
So is all this Wuhan-dreaming a question of dark tourism? (Trips to places linked with death and tragedy). Quite the opposite the research finds. The desire to go to China’s virus source–Corona Land–is apparently motivated by goodwill. Travelers want to help out with economic recovery in the region, says research director Dr Song Rui.
Taiwan Just Had Its First 10,000-Person Arena Concert Since the Pandemic Began. Here’s What It Was Like to Be There - TIME MAGAZINE
When Damy Li bought a ticket to attend the first concert of Eric Chou’s 2020 How Have You Been tour in Taipei on Aug. 8, she knew she’d have to wear a mask upon entry. What she didn’t know was that she’d win a lottery that got her a second one—a pink medical mask signed by the Mandopop singer-songwriter, who gave it to her onstage. It would be a memento not just of Li’s first concert, but of how fundamentally COVID-19 has changed public life.
That night, the 10,000-plus concertgoers at the Taipei Arena experienced what few have felt in nearly half a year: the energy of a packed house singing along with a beloved artist’s songs. That a concert of this size—larger than any other reported on since social distancing measures began—was taking place in Taiwan is a testament to the self-governing island’s strong response to the coronavirus. Heading into the show, Taiwan, which has a population of more than 23 million, had recorded 479 cases of COVID-19 and seven deaths. Through prevention measures ranging from border control to mandatory 14-day home quarantine for travelers, Taiwan has largely kept the virus at bay. In early June, after no new locally transmitted cases were recorded for eight weeks, restrictions were lifted on audience numbers for large gatherings.
Partygoers cram into Wuhan, China water park
Thousands of partygoers packed a water park over the weekend in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, where the coronavirus first emerged late last year, keen to party as the city edges back to normal life.
The popular Wuhan Maya Beach Water Park was filled with people frolicking in swimsuits and goggles for an electronic music festival, many perched on rubber dinghies or wading up to their chest in water.
The water park reopened in June after Wuhan gradually opened up after a 76-day lockdown and strict restrictions to try and control the spread of the virus.
The park, which local media says has capped attendance at 50% of normal capacity, is offering half-price discounts for female visitors.
A performer in a stage show at the front of the water waved at the crowd, packed close and waving their arms back, some snapping photos on phones protected in plastic pouches around their necks.
Another performer on a water jet board entertained his audience by hovering above them with sparks shooting from his back.
Some of the crowd had donned life jackets, but none of the tightly packed partygoers were seen to be wearing face masks as a DJ in bright yellow headphones played on stage.
The first known cases of COVID-19 emerged in Wuhan late last year, a city of 11 million people, before the virus spread across the world, killing hundreds of thousands and crippling economies.
The lockdown was lifted in April, and there have been no new domestically transmitted cases officially reported in Hubei province, where Wuhan is the capital, since mid-May.
To try and boost the local economy, the Hubei government has been offering free entry to 400 tourist sites across the province.
China has largely brought its domestic epidemic under control, but sporadic outbreaks and a summer of severe flooding have exacerbated the economic fallout.