Life slowly returns to normal in China’s streets as epidemic eases

BEIJING: A butterfly greets the newly bloomed flower. A honeybee is busy with its daily grind. The spring season has returned along with all its mystical beauty, so is people’s life as the COVID-19 epidemic is leveling off in China.

Shops and eateries reopen and roads are bustling again after hundreds of millions of people nationwide embraced their life under isolation for weeks — confined to their own four walls or neighborhoods.

“It was suffering to stay at home for such a long time. Now the spring is in the air and things are turning around,” said a down-to-earth foodie Zhang, while gulping palatable dishes at a restaurant in Chengdu, capital of southwest China’s Sichuan Province.

“Oh finally, my favorite hot pot,” said a hot pot aficionado Chen who comes from afar to have a meal at a local restaurant after it reopened recently. “I hadn’t had the delicate cate in the past weeks. Today I finally satisfied the craving.”

The catering and tourism industries, which take up big shares in China’s economic growth, are among the sectors hardest hit by the epidemic. They are now slowly springing back to life after eateries and cafes have begun opening their long-shuttered doors and scenic spots have reopened to tourists as the epidemic receded.

“Now the epidemic is under good control. People are getting back to their normal lives and embracing the best season of the year before it passes,” said Ren Jingxuan, owner of a Korean-style barbeque restaurant in Chengdu.


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