131 tourist sites resume operations in Xinjiang (northwest China)

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A total of 131 tourist spots have resumed operations in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region as the novel coronavirus pneumonia (COVID-19) outbreak in China shows good signs of recovery. be gradually controlled, the regional culture and tourism department said on Friday, noting that tourists should still follow preventive measures such as wearing face masks, measuring body temperature and maintaining a physical distance. safety in queues.

As the snow season has not yet ended, some ski resorts in Xinjiang have resumed operations. Jiangjunshan Ski Resort in Xinjiang’s Altay has resumed operations with strict protective measures, including booking tickets and using an ID card at the entrance. Meanwhile, the Silk Road International Ski Resort in Xinjiang has also resumed operation of its partial ski slopes, such as senior ski slopes and intermediate slopes.

As one of the area’s must-see attractions, the Xinjiang International Grand Bazaar, a contemporary shopping mall with goods from Asia and Europe, has reopened to the public, with more than 1,000 clothing and clothing stores. crafts and restaurants which are gradually resuming their activities. Additionally, 29 parks, including Hongshan Park in the capital Urumqi, have also been reopened.

The Flaming Mountains in Turpan, Xinjiang. /VCG

The Flaming Mountains in Turpan, Xinjiang. /VCG

Meanwhile, some scenic spots in Xinjiang have implemented visiting hours amid epidemic prevention and control. The top-rated tourist attraction – Tianchi Lake has resumed operations, opening between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily, and the daily number of tourists is not expected to exceed 3,000. Except for special certificates, all visitors must book real-name tickets online.

Other tourist spots, including Xinjiang’s Kumtag Desert and Flaming Mountains, have also resumed operations with strict measures to limit daily visitor numbers to less than half normal capacity.

Xinjiang lowered its emergency response from the second to the third tier starting Sunday. At the end of February, it downgraded its emergency response to the second level.

With a diverse ethnic culture and unique landscapes, Xinjiang is committed to becoming a popular destination for domestic and foreign tourists. In the first 10 months of 2019, it welcomed a record 201.9 million tourists, up 42.62% year-on-year.

(Cover: Tianchi Lake in Xinjiang. /VCG)

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