Chinese Cities Shut Tourist Sites and Entertainment Venues, Again

Many just-reopened businesses are being ordered to close amid an increasing number of imported coronavirus cases.

The Jin Mao Tower and the Oriental Pearl Tower in Shanghai. Photo from

Just as China was enthusiastically opening up for business after a weekslong shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, authorities have asked the country’s tourist attractions and entertainment venues to close their doors again.

On Sunday, several tourist sites in Shanghai — including the Oriental Pearl Tower and Jin Mao Tower — announced they had received orders to close from Monday “for the need to further strengthen pandemic prevention and control.” The two major attractions had only been open for three weeks since closing in late January, and required visitors to make appointments in advance as well as show a green code on a health-tracking app to vouch for their low-risk status.

The Shanghai Tower, Madame Tussauds wax museum, Shanghai Ocean Aquarium, and Shanghai Haichang Ocean Park are also closing their doors again, according to Sixth Tone’s sister publication The Paper. The ocean park had been closed for 56 days before reopening on March 20.

Another 25 tourist attractions in Shanghai have been ordered to close their indoor sections from Monday, according to local outlet Xinmin Evening News.

The closures come at a time when imported cases of COVID-19 are on the rise in the country. As of Monday, China had 771 cases from abroad — the vast majority being Chinese nationals — while local cases have been steadily declining. Continue to read the full article here.


– This article originally appeared on Sixth Tone.