From Asia to Europe, the world famous destinations are often crowded with the Great Wall of China (China) or the Venice Canal (Italy) now as deserted as ghost towns.
The Forbidden City (Beijing, China) has remained closed since the Chinese New Year in late January. The Imperial Palace of Chinese dynasties is often crowded with tourists during the Tet holiday. However, due to the outbreak of Covid-19, this location had to stop welcoming guests to avoid crowds gathering and spreading the virus.
Areas of the Great Wall, which attract tourists from around the world, are also deserted due to the corona virus. Located 80 km northwest of downtown Beijing, the most visited Changcheng segment is Bat Dat Linh one of the first to be closed.
Gate of Shanghai Disneyland is still locked indefinitely. The park announces on the official website the refund for tickets, hotel reservations for visitors. Shanghai Disneyland has a total investment of US $ 5.5 billion . This amusement park attracted 11 million visitors in the first year of opening (2016).
Tokyo Disneyland in Japan announced it was closed until March 15 to prevent the spread of the corona virus. Universal Studios Japan and Legoland Japan are similar. Recreational activities in the country of sunrise are also limited, people and tourists on the street are always covered with masks.
The stands at the Sapporo Dome (in Sapporo, Hokkaido) are empty during the baseball match between Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters and Orix Buffaloes on February 29.
Italy currently has the most cases of corona virus infection in Europe. As of March 2, the country recorded 34 deaths, with the number of cases rising to nearly 1,700. 11 towns in Italy have been frozen. Tourism hotspots such as Milan’s Naviglio canal area were mostly abandoned when an outbreak broke out.
The Leonardo da Vinci Museum in Venice is temporarily closed until further notice. St. Mark’s Square in Venice, where many guests dine out, is now also quiet. After the most severe flood in 50 years, Covid-19 is inflicting another blow on the economy of Venice.
France has 100 confirmed cases of corona virus infection, prompting the government to cancel all public gatherings of more than 5,000 people. The Louvre Museum in Paris announces the closure of March 1. Visitors inside are forced to leave the museum. The famous Louvre Museum houses the portrait of Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo sculpture.
Tourists also wear masks at Gyeongbokgung Palace, one of the most iconic sights in Seoul, South Korea. Palace square was much more empty than usual.
The grand palace in Bangkok, Thailand is still open but visitors are sparse. Floating market in Pattaya also has a gloomy situation. Thailand has 42 confirmed cases of corona virus infection. Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism estimates that a sharp drop in tourists from China could cost the country $ 1.52 billion in revenue. According to Reuters, 11 million Chinese tourists came to Thailand last year.