QR codes and dramatic vistas: tips for traveling during the pandemic – Marketplace

It might be tough to imagine traveling again, but it is happening slowly in China.

The Chinese national health commission has been reporting, on average, a handful of COVID-19 infections and over a dozen asymptomatic cases a day for the last two weeks.

The country’s borders remain shut to foreigners even if they have a valid work visa, but in theory people can travel freely within the country.

During the recent labor holiday, tourism revenue dropped by 60% to 47.6 billion yuan ($6.7 billion) from May 1 to May 5 compared to last year. The number of trips made during the same period dropped 41% to 115 million.

Marketplace's China correspondent, Jennifer Pak, enjoys a lake view in Shuanglang village, Yunnan province, after a grueling, 12-hour trip from Shanghai. (Jennifer Pak/Marketplace)
Marketplace’s China correspondent, Jennifer Pak, enjoys a lake view in Shuanglang village, Yunnan province, after a grueling, 12-hour trip from Shanghai. (Jennifer Pak/Marketplace)
Lakefront hotels in the ancient Shuanglang village offer rooms at half price sometimes. (Jennifer Pak/Marketplace)
Lakefront hotels in Shuanglang village sometimes offer rooms at half-price. (Jennifer Pak/Marketplace)

However, without a vaccine, there are still many measures
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