China: Thousands gather for Shangai Tourism Festival as life returns to normal

Large crowds of people were seen enjoying the 31st edition of the Tourism Festival in Shanghai on Saturday, in a bid to boost the local economy as COVID-19 measures are being relaxed in China. Thousands of people were seen walking around Shanghai's emblematic Oriental Pearl tower and taking pictures as they headed to Nanjing Road, one of the busiest shopping streets in Shanghai, where several food and souvenir stalls had been installed. «In general, things got much better than before. We’ve not been able to go out that much [due the pandemic], simply can’t find the words. Now it's very difficult to go out just once, and it feels good,» said Yu Yao, a tourist strolling by the Oriental Pearl Tower However, this year's festival was still marked by some COVID-19 protective measures as some traditional performances like the float parade, one of the highlights of the festival, was cancelled over safety concerns this year. The festival will still feature multi-themed activities, including a river cruise, cycling and night tours, and will be held between September 12-27.

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