Palace Museum to reopen from May 1, all tickets sold out
China's Palace Museum, also known as the Forbidden City, will partially reopen from May 1, the start of a five-day public holiday, according to a notice on its website.
The Palace Museum stopped admitting visitors from January 25 amid nationwide measures to curb the spread of the new coronavirus.
Those looking to tour the venue need to make online reservations, and the daily number of visitors is limited to 5,000, said the notice. ID cards and personal "health codes," which can be applied for via a local health app, are required before entering the compound. Those who are found to have body temperatures higher than 37.3 degrees Celsius or display symptoms of coughing and shortness of breath will be denied entry.
Visitors are also required to wear face masks the whole duration of the visit and distance themselves from others. The indoor exhibition rooms and indoor service venues will remain closed for the moment, according to the notice.
By Thursday, all tickets had been sold out for the May Day holiday.
Other museums in Beijing are also gradually reopening from May 1, including the National Museum of China and Capital Museum, which are usually crowded during the May Day holiday. Visitors will have to make reservations and museums will operate at 50 percent of its maximum daily capacity. Beijing has lowered its emergency response from one, the highest level, to two, and lifted mandatory quarantine requirement for domestic travelers from low-risk areas.
Wuhan is also gearing up for the upcoming holiday after being hit hard by the coronavirus outbreak, with 266 major class-A tourist attractions, or 63.2 percent of the total, resuming operations.
The Yellow Crane Tower, a landmark tourist attraction in Wuhan, welcomed visitors again on April 29 after being closed for more than three months. Only a part of the tower is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with the number of visitors capped at 5,400 a day. Tourists need to show health codes and have their temperature taken before entry.