Staff, 2023-01-08 05:37:30,
China reopened its border to international visitors on Sunday, for the first time since March 2020.
Beijing shut down borders to contain the coronavirus pandemic, largely maintaining strict quarantine rules to keep the infection from spreading throughout the country.
But the Chinese government dropped many of the strict measures last month, following a wave of protests against the so-called zero COVID policy.
Now, China is opening to visitors, with people in Hong Kong crossing the border to see their families in the mainland in nearly three years.
That residents from Hong Kong, a semi-autonomous territory in southeastern China, are being able to cross the border into mainland China is one of the most visible signs of the country easing its restrictions on travel.
The easing of COVID-19 restrictions also coincide with the beginning of the Lunar New Year Spring Festival.
China celebrates Lunar New Year
The Lunar New Year is celebrated over a period of 40 days, typically with families, across the country. Also known as the Chinese New Year, the holiday is also commemorated by communities in other Asian countries as well.
This year, the Lunar New Year holiday, or “Chunyun” in Chinese, officially begins January 21, and will be the first since 2020 without domestic travel restrictions.
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