More and more scenic spots in Guangdong are gradually reopening to the public, including the Canton Tower and the Guangdong Museum. In addition, many of them are waiving entrance fees for medical workers from across the nation as a gesture of gratitude for their efforts and sacrifices at the front line of the epidemic fight.
Night view of Guangzhou from Baiyun Mountain (Photo: Xiao Xiong)
In Guangzhou, a large number of extremely popular tourist destinations including the Nansha Sunflower Garden, Nansha Wetland Park, Sunac Snow Park and the Pearl River Night Cruise are all free for the nation's doctors and nurses this year.
Over a dozen tourist attractions in Shenzhen are offering preferential policies over a period of time for medical workers and military personnel in active service, such as Guanlan Pastoral Tourism & Culture Park and Evergreen Resort.
The cities of Huizhou and Meizhou also announced that they would waive the entrance fees to a huge number of tourist sites for medical workers this year.
All scenic spots graded A and above in Shanwei have adopted a free-entry policy for the nation's medical workers.
The free-entry policy is also being implemented in a lot of scenic areas across other cities including Zhuhai, Foshan, Jiangmen and Zhongshan.
Here are some reopened tourist destinations in Guangzhou for you to spend your hard-earned holidays.
Baiyun Mountain (Photo: Fu Chaojun)
Baiyun Mountain Park and Gardens (白云山)
● Opening hours: 8:00-22:00 (the south and west gates open at 6:00am)
● Admission: 5 RMB per person
● Note: Both Yuntai Garden and Xinghai Garden open between 9:00 and 17:00. The indoor greenhouse and exhibition area remain closed.
Guangzhou Zoo (Photo: Fu Chaojun)
Guangzhou Zoo (广州动物园)
● Opening hours: 8:00-18:00, with no ticketing nor entry allowed after 16:30.
● Daily maximum capacity: 30% of its usual capacity
●?Admission: 20 RMB per person
● Note: Ten amusement facilities and indoor venues remain closed, including the indoor pavilion for panda and the Birds’ Paradise.
Chen Clan Academy (Photo: Nanfang Plus)
Chen Clan Academy (陈家祠)
● Opening hours: 09:00-17:30, with no ticketing nor entry will be allowed after 17:00.
● Daily maximum capacity: 480, with no more than 60 people per hour.
● Admission: 10 RMB per person
● Reopened areas: Outdoor sightseeing spots and galleries. Indoor galleries and service venues remain closed.
● Inquiry hotline: 020-8153578
Night view of Guangzhou (Photo: Fu Chaojun)
The Pearl river night cruise (珠江夜游)
● Maximum capacity: The load rate for boats is no more than 40% during the pandemic.
● Operating hours: 19:30 - 20:30
● Special offers: All the medical staff from Guangdong who lent their support to fight against COVID-19 in Hubei, or working in Guangzhou’s designated hospitals for COVID-19, can take the cruise with 2 immediate family members for free within this year (including public holidays).
● Inquiry hotline: 020-83833999/83838222
A children's park (Photo: Zhang Youqiong)
Guangzhou Children's Park (广州市儿童公园)
● Opening hours: 8:00-18:00
● Admission: Free
● Note: Indoor venues including the service center and amusement facilities involving close contact remain closed.
Haizhu Wetland Park?(Photo: Fu Chaojun)
Haizhu Wetland Park (海珠湿地公园)
● Reopened areas: Wetland phase 1 and 2, and the north gate of phase 1
● Opening hours: 9:00-17:00, closed on Monday (for ecological restoration)
● Daily maximum capacity: 1000
● Admission: 20 RMB per person
Sunac Snow Park (Photo: Liang Wenxiang)
Sunac Snow Park (融创雪世界)
● One of the four biggest amusement parks of the Sunac Resort and the largest indoor skiing park in South China.
● Opening hours: 12:00-18:00
● Daily maximum capacity: 1000 per weekday, 2000 per day on weekends
● Special offers: Medics from across the country can enjoy a 2-hour free snow-playing experience within this year.
Baomo Garden (Photo: Official website of Baomo Garden)
Baomo Garden (宝墨园)
● Reopened areas: Nanyueyuan (南粤苑景区). Exhibition venues remain closed.
● Opening hours: 8:30-17:00
● Admission: 50 RMB per person
● Inquiry hotline: 84746666
Tianhou Temple (Photo: Liang Wenxiang)
Tianhou Temple (天后宫)
● Opening hours: 8:30-17:00
● Reopened areas: Outdoor regions including the beach. Tianhou temple square and indoor venues including religious sites remain closed.
● Admission: 20 RMB per person
Sunflower Garden (Photo: Official website of Sunflower Garden)
Sunflower Garden (百万葵园)
● Opening hours: 9:00-18:00
● Ticket price: Half-price (original price 150 RMB per person)
● Reopened areas: outdoor sightseeing spots
● Special offers: Medics nationwide can visit the garden for free from now on till December 31st.
● Inquiry hotline: 020-84956863
Nansha Wetland Park (Photo: Xiao Xiong)
Nansha Wetland Park (南沙湿地)
● Opening hours: 9:00-16:00
● Admission: 40 RMB per person
● Reopened areas: Lotus plank road, banyan avenue, sea-view corridor and garden, and the pedestrian area.?The service center, exhibition halls, and pleasure-boats remain closed.
● Special offers: Medics nationwide can visit the park for free throughout 2020.
Most scenic spots still require tourists to follow these pandemic prevention measures:
? Visitors are required to make a real-name reservation for tickets online in advance and tour the scenic spots during the specific period of time arranged by the management company.
? Visitors are also required to provide their ‘Suikang code’ (穗康码) while picking up their tickets or entering the scenic area. Only those with a current health self-report showing that they are symptom free can enter the building.
? Please note that there will be a temperature check upon arrival. People with temperature exceeding 37.3℃ or not wearing a mask will be refused entry.
Authors: Monica Liu, Zoey Huang (intern)
Editor: Simon Haywood