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Great Wall of China partly reopens to visitors

Xinhua | Updated: 2020-03-25 08:42
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Two visitors pose for a selfie photo while climbing the Badaling section of the Great Wall in Beijing, on March 24, 2020. [Photo by Wei Xiaohao/]

The famous Badaling section of the Great Wall in Beijing has partly opened on Tuesday, after being closed for almost two months due to the novel coronavirus outbreak.

The scenic area will be open between 9 am and 4 pm, and the daily number of visitors will be capped at 19,500. As of 2 pm Tuesday, a total of 892 tickets had been reserved.

Visitors must book tickets on the official website or through WeChat in advance and register with their personal information to get a health code, while their temperatures will be taken upon entry.

A one-way circular tour route has been designed to prevent the gathering of crowds. The cableway, the China Great Wall Museum, the ancient Great Wall and some other sections remain closed.

The Badaling Great Wall, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is located in Beijing's Yanqing District, about 60 km northwest of the city center. It was the earliest section to open and is the most popular segment of the Great Wall among tourists. The scenic area received more than 9.9 million visitors in 2018.

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