One of Shantou's most visited scenic spots for photography and a favorite place for local residents to take a stroll, the Port Opening Area of Xiaogongyuan Park suffered a blow when the novel coronavirus rampaged across the country, forcing people to minimize outdoor activities. As the impact of the epidemic wanes, tourists and citizens are once again coming back to the park, bringing hustle and bustle back to the city icon.
One evening at around 8, several roads in the Port Opening Area of the park that lead to Zhongshan Pavilion were already filled with couples arm in arm, happy families of three or more, and kids running around. Many were seen lining up in front of stalls whose counters were stacked with mouth-watering local delicacies. Policemen and volunteers were busy patrolling and providing assistance to visitors.
Mrs. Liu came to the park for a walk with her 6-year-old daughter. "My daughter barely had any chance to go outdoors since the epidemic broke out," said Liu. "I don't think this is a good time to take her to other cities to visit at the moment, so we've been bringing her to scenic spots across the city recently and buying her some snacks to make up for the months she had to be locked at home."