A total of 157 tourists from Shanghai visit Yangzhou on July 15. [Photo/yznews.com.cn]
As the novel coronavirus outbreak in China becomes more subdued, travel agencies have been given permission to resume group tours that cross provincial borders on July 14, following a period of suspension due to the COVID-19 epidemic.
On the morning of July 15, 157 tourists from Shanghai arrived in Yangzhou for a short vacation, the first cross-province tour group the city has received since its scenic attractions reopened in late March this year.
With a history of more than 2,500 years, Yangzhou is an ancient city filled with beautiful scenery, tasty food and a rich culture.
The visitors enjoyed the wonderful views of Slender West Lake despite the rain.
"I visited Yangzhou 20 years ago, and it is more beautiful and charming now," said a woman surnamed Lin.
The organizer, Shanghai Zixuan International Travel Agency, said appointments for the first group tour to Yangzhou were filled in two hours after they published the advertisement.
The 157 Shanghai tourists will stay in Yangzhou for three days to enjoy popular scenic areas such as Slender West Lake and Dongguan Street, eat local food and even experience night tours and shopping festivals.
Yangzhou is one of the top choices for visitors especially in cities in the Yangtze River Delta region as the coronavirus has been largely controlled there, according to the travel agency.
Meanwhile, stricter COVID-19 prevention and control measures will be taken in all tourist attractions in Yangzhou to resume tourism in an orderly manner, officials said.
Tourist attractions will improve cleaning and disinfection measures, and prevent visitors gathering in groups.