China has lifted the lockdown, even from Wuhan, the place of origin of the COVID-19 outbreak which plagues the world at present. After the lockdown in China had been lifted, thousands of people came out to enjoy tourist sites, shopaholics overwhelmed their shopping urges and the wet markets … reopened.
The nation is hustle and bustle like the rest of the world. Here is all that happened in China since the lifting of the lockdown there.
1 Overcrowded Tourist Spots
People in China flocked to tourist sites in thousands last week without giving the health authorities any heed that the pandemic is far from over.
Images from Huangshan Mountain Park in the province of Anhui showed thousands of people crowded together, wearing face masks, anxious to see the ‘world’ after months of lockdown and travel restrictions.
The site was so overcrowded that at 7:48 a.m., officials released a notice announcing that the park had exceeded its daily capacity of 20,000 people and would no longer welcome tourists, reported Global Times.
2 Wet Markets Reopened
Yeah, you read it right. After China’s lockdown has ended, it has opened up its notorious wet markets too.
According to news, after the coronavirus lockdown was lifted, more than 90 per cent of the stalls in Wuhan’s largest wet market has resumed operation.
Videos show vendors selling live crayfish on the big market in Baishazhou, where more than 3,600 shops are back on track. However, at present, the trade in wild animals is banned.
Meanwhile, in the midst of the global uproar, WHO has ‘demanded’ China to place a ban on its wet markets altogether.
3 Factories Reopened
China seems to be getting back on its feet as by the end of March the factories there reopened. Since global trade is at a standstill, however, many Chinese factories do not have consignments, meaning that many workers are not needed. Such factories open only for workers to be killed.
Initially, it was China that placed stringent travel restrictions and suspensions from the plant, now the overseas orders have been scrapped.
4 People Are On A Shopping Spree
According to Women’s Wear Daily (WWD), Hermès made $2.7 million (Approx Rs 20.55 crore) in China, on sales the day it reopened its flagship store in Taikoo Hui, Guangzhou, last Saturday
Lots of people have been spending thousands of dollars on luxury designer clothes, bags and whatnot.
And, yeah, while most countries don’t have a lockdown end day, China seems to be returning to ‘normal.’