Thousands throng China’s tourist sites despite pandemic

Human traffic: The Great Wall of China was so crowded during the Labour Day holiday that physical distancing was impossible. — AFP

Despite the pandemic, tourist spots in China saw thousands of local travellers over the long Labour Day holiday, Sin Chew Daily reported.

Photos and videos of the Great Wall of China showed visitors packed like sardines, which made physical distancing impossible.

Many of them appeared to not be wearing masks.

According to statistics from popular China travel website CTrip, more than 200 million people made travel arrangements using its website in the period, which exceeds its peak of 195 million people in 2019.

It is estimated that more than 300 million people in China travelled across the country during the long weekend, including those who returned to their hometowns to visit family members.

It was reported that many travel spots were closed during the lockdown and that tourists were beginning to return to these locations after they recently reopened.

The Labour Day holiday in China lasts five days, from May 1 to 5.

> A 12-year-old boy lost more than RM25,000 while attempting to buy smartphones from an online scammer, the Chinese language daily also reported.

According to Pahang Commercial Crimes Investigation Department chief Supt Mohd Wazir Mohd Yusof, the incident happened on April 28 when the victim saw an advertisement for a new iPhone 11 for only RM500.

“When the victim contacted the seller, he was told that the phones cost only RM400, ” Supt Mohd Wazir said.

After paying RM400, the primary school pupil was told to pay an additional RM1,350 for a warranty scheme, which he did.

The boy made a total of five payments amounting to RM25,400 before realising that he had been duped. He lodged a police report on April 30.

Supt Mohd Wazir said that many had fallen victim to scammers who would often advertise goods at below-market prices to make them more enticing

The above article is compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with this ' >'sign, it denotes a separate news item.

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