The first batch of seven tourist spots in Songjiang County reopened in an orderly fashion from June 1 after the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown was lifted. They are: Guangfulin Relics Park, Chenshan Botanical Garden, Sheshan National Forest Park, Shanghai Yuehu Sculpture Park, Fangta Park, Zuibai Pond Park, and Spring Scenic Spot of the Pujiang River.
At 8:45 a.m. on June 1, about 40 tourists, mostly parents with children, lined up outside Gate No. 1 of the Chenshan Botanical Garden.
“Today is International Children’s Day, so I thought about taking my child closer to nature,” said Ding Yuehong, one of the visitors.
Inside the botanical garden, Chinese roses were in full bloom, attracting tourists who were busy snapping photos with their cellphones.
“Currently, the indoor greenhouse and the pit corridor are still closed, as are passenger vehicles, boats and some indoor businesses,” said Zhang Zhe, senior engineer of the garden.
At Yuehu Sculpture Park, some visitors brought their children or pets on a visit.
“Until the end of August, the sculpture park offers free admission for children under 14,” revealed Zhang Wei, the park’s market manager.
The entrance to the park is equipped with a digital sentry – a digital device capable of simultaneously checking tourists’ health codes, ID cards and polymerase chain reaction test results. Visitors are advised to avoid crowds and book tickets in advance online.