As Beijing relaxed practically all of its border controls, thousands of tourists started flying into and out of mainland China.
China has closed all of its borders since the COVID-19 outbreak began. After 3 years, mainland China ended the requirement that all entering travellers go through quarantine and opened sea and land borders with Hong Kong.
Following lengthy protests against a COVID system that featured frequent testing, restrictions on movement, and widespread lockdowns that severely hurt the economy, China has just loosened one of the strictest COVID regimes in the world.
In the upcoming weeks, 400,000 individuals from Hong Kong are anticipated to fly into locations like Beijing and Xiamen, where there would be long lines for flights.