Over 10,000 A-level tourist sites in China reopen ahead of holiday

As of June 22, a total of 10,064 national A-level scenic spots across China have reopened to the public, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism said Wednesday at a press conference of the Joint Prevention and Control Mechanism of the State Council.

During the forthcoming Dragon Boat Festival, which falls between June 25 and 27, normalized epidemic prevention and control measures will still be in place nationwide to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, Liu Kezhi, director of the ministry's Market Management Department, told reporters.

Those reopened tourist attractions shall receive tourists no more than 30 percent of the maximum capacity during the holiday, Liu said, while some of the indoor attractions are able to open under the guidance of local authorities.

In addition, making reservations before traveling is recommended by the ministry. Scenic sites should improve their ticket reservation systems and help make online bookings a regular practice, Liu added.

For areas that are prone to tourist congestion, including entrances, health and security check points, major sightseeing spots and restaurants, measures should be taken to avoid massive public gatherings, Liu said.

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"A-level" refers to the rating categories used by Chinese authorities to determine the quality and service of a tourist attraction. There are altogether five categories from A to 5A, with 5A the highest level that refers to the most significant and best maintained tourist sites in the country.

(Cover: The Qianmen Street in Beijing, June 23, 2020. /VCG)