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Citizens flock to natural attractions and entertainment facilities after lockdown

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A good time for riders and watchers as the Shanghai Happy Valley reopens.

Citizens flock to natural attractions and entertainment facilities after lockdown

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On Friday, visitors enjoy the blossoming beauty of nature at Chenshan Botanical Garden.

Citizens flock to natural attractions and entertainment facilities after lockdown

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Free time at Binjiang Forest Park on Friday.

Citizens flock to natural attractions and entertainment facilities after lockdown

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Visitors line up to enter Shanghai’s Happy Valley.

On the city’s first public holiday after the end of the citywide lockdown, group tours resumed and city residents came out of their homes to embrace nature.

Disrupted by the resurgence of COVID-19, Shanghai’s hard-hit tourism market is gradually rebounding as residents unleash their travel cravings.

Early Friday morning, Xue Zihan, a third-grade student, boarded a bus with her mother in a tour group heading to Chongming Island.

It was her first trip after confinement and she was delighted.

“I really missed nature as I did nothing but take online classes and read books when I was locked up at home,” Xue said. “Travel and a lavish banquet are what I desire.”

The trip, organized by Shanghai Spring Tour, involved an agricultural base and Xisha Wetland in Chongming.

Citizens flock to natural attractions and entertainment facilities after lockdown

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On Friday, people admire the beauty of nature at the Chenshan Botanical Garden.

Citizens flock to natural attractions and entertainment facilities after lockdown

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A tourist dresses up for a trip to Guyi Garden.

Citizens flock to natural attractions and entertainment facilities after lockdown

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People scan their health code to travel to Chongming on Friday.

Strict pandemic prevention measures were in place for the trip.

Disinfection of the tourist bus, health management of tour guides and tourists and emergency plans have been put forward, said Zhou Weihong, deputy general manager of the travel agency.

Tourists had to have a negative nucleic acid test result within the previous 72 hours to make the trip and wear their mask throughout the trip.

Binjiang Forest Park in Pudong New Area said all of its reservation slots for Friday were full early this morning and received a total of 13,171 visitors during the day.

The Shanghai Zoo in Changning District welcomed 12,500 visitors on Friday, while the Shanghai Botanical Garden in Xuhui District welcomed 10,610 that day.

Guyi Garden in Jiading district, which reopened on Friday, received 1,100 visitors. Shanghai’s amusement parks also reopened during the holidays.

Citizens flock to natural attractions and entertainment facilities after lockdown

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A busy flow of vehicles on the highway to Chongming

Citizens flock to natural attractions and entertainment facilities after lockdown

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Queues outside Shanghai Happy Valley on Friday

Citizens flock to natural attractions and entertainment facilities after lockdown

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The water is teeming with marine energy for people who want to capture nature in their lenses at Guyi Garden.

Citizens flock to natural attractions and entertainment facilities after lockdown

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Flowers in full bloom at Chenshan Botanical Garden.

Shanghai Happy Valley in Songjiang District resumed operations on Friday. Visitor numbers were kept below 75% of maximum capacity.

Reservations were required for entry and a negative nucleic acid test result within the previous 72 hours was also required.

People have been ordered to respect the distance between seats when using the entertainment facilities, which have been disinfected after each trip.

Shanghai-based online travel operator Trip.com said the number of orders received on the first day of the three-day holiday rose 37% from the first day of the May Day holiday.

Daily ticket reservations for Shanghai Binjiang Forest Park and Oriental Pearl TV Tower increased more than 20 times and 11 times, respectively, during the holiday on average compared to March.

“Market confidence is on the rise thanks to the waning pandemic situation in domestic cities,” said tourism analyst Fang Zeqian.

Another online tour operator, Tongcheng-eLong, said it has seen steep growth in bookings and search volume since the Shanghai lockdown ended.

Among the reopenings of A-level tourist attractions, the most popular are the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Sheshan National Forest Park and Chenshan Botanical Garden, Tongcheng said.

Although Shanghai Disney Resort has not reopened, it has been the most sought-after attraction in Shanghai, according to the travel operator.

Citizens flock to natural attractions and entertainment facilities after lockdown

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A fun time for all at the re-opened Shanghai Happy Valley.

Citizens flock to natural attractions and entertainment facilities after lockdown

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On Friday, people go on a carousel in Shanghai Happy Valley.

Citizens flock to natural attractions and entertainment facilities after lockdown

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On Friday, children splash around in the waters of Shanghai Happy Valley.