Landmark heritage tower in Wuhan fully reopens

The Yellow Crane Tower, a landmark tourist attraction in Wuhan, the Chinese city once hardest-hit by the novel coronavirus, fully reopened to the public on Monday.

On January 23, in line with the city's lockdown to fight the epidemic, the tourist site suspended operations. After 100 days, as the COVID-19 outbreak was gradually brought under control, it initially reopened part of its outdoor areas to visitors on April 29.

Now, visitors are able to visit the indoor exhibition centers at the site as well. Meanwhile, a series of safety measures remain in place to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The number of daily visits to the site has been restricted to no more than 5,400, while the main tower can receive up to 300 tourists at a time. Tourists still need to show health QR codes and have temperatures taken before entry.

June 1 also marked International Children's Day, and the tourist site has launched a special event. Children under 14 years old who can recite three Chinese poems related to the Yellow Crane Tower will be granted a stamp for their purchased stamp album. The stamped album can be exchanged for entry tickets for both parents and the child.

The event runs from May 31 to June 2 at the main visitor service center.

Standing 51.4 meters, the five-story Yellow Crane Tower is perched on the banks of the Yangtze River at the top of Snake Mountain. Over the years, it has become one of the must-see sights for first-time visitors.

(With input from Xinhua)

(Cover: Visitors enter the Yellow Crane Tower in Wuhan, central China's Hubei Province, May 30, 2020. /VCG)