The most popular Badaling section of the Great Wall of China reopens for the public, as the country returns to normalcy after the recent coronavirus outbreak. By Tanvi Jain

 

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As the condition of China after the recent outbreak of the deadly COVID-19, shows signs of normalcy, the authorities lift lockdown in some parts of the country, such as the Hubei province, few night clubs in Shanghai, few shopping districts, and even a section of the Great Wall of China. 

The Badaling section of UNESCO World Heritage Site – the Great Wall of China — has now been reopened for publicThis small section which extends from Bei Liu Lou to Nan Wu Lou Ban has been allowed to remain open from 9 am to 4 pm every day. Located around 70 kilometres from China’s capital city of Beijingthe most popular section of the iconic sitelast year recorded an inflow of 65,000 tourists per day. 

 

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However, the Chinese officials have reportedly confirmed that as of now they will allow only 30 per cent of the usual visitors. And to acquire the permit, one will have to first book a ticket in advance, either on the Badaling Great Wall’s official website (ticket.badaling.cn/ticketor through China’s WeChat app.  

Moreover, in order to ensure the safety of visitors, strict health declaration and body temperature tests have also been made compulsory for each and every visitor before entering the spot. They would also need to wear masks and maintain a distance of at least one metre from one another. Same goes for medical staff and military personnel, except for the fact that they will not be charged any entry fee. 

 

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Other sections of the Great Wall of China such as the Shuiguan Great Wall, the Ancient Great Wall and the Great Wall Museum will remain closed. 

The iconic tourist spot was shut on January 25, over concerns of coronavirus, which began from Hubei’s capital Wuhan, and later spread in the rest of the country and other parts of the world as well.   

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