(CNN) — “I chose to come to Sanya because the Covid restrictions are more relaxed than (in) Shanghai,” mentioned Li Zefeng, an engineer who lives in China’s largest metropolis.
However he, like many others who flocked to the resort island off the coast of southern China, would quickly eat his phrases.
Nevertheless, the vacation vibes took successful final week, when 1,200 folks within the resort hub of Sanya examined constructive for coronavirus.
For a lot of of those vacationers, that meant not solely making frantic calls to household and altering their journey plans, however coping with a case of deja vu — lots of the folks visiting Hainan had been looking for a reprieve from strict lockdowns in Shanghai.
As soon as the Covid instances had been detected in Hainan, motion was swift.
The native authorities locked down town of Sanya, which has about a million residents, along with the 80,000 vacationers. Flights leaving the island had been canceled, public transportation was shut down and lots of vacationers had been confined to their motels.
Whereas an excuse to spend some extra time on the seashore may have been a silver lining, vacationers realized that they’d nonetheless be anticipated to pay 50% of the room fee at their resorts, which not everybody may afford. And that did not embody further bills like meals or the price of lacking work.
Underneath the lockdown, guests had been advised they needed to keep on the island for a full week and present proof of 5 adverse Covid checks earlier than being allowed to go away.
Regardless of the native authorities saying it will present resort and meal help to all these inconvenienced by the lockdown, some took to social media websites like Weibo to complain that the assistance wasn’t sufficient.
As China’s borders stay primarily closed, many Chinese language have opted for home journey for the reason that begin of the pandemic, and Hainan — with its solar, sand and responsibility free procuring — has been probably the most in style locations.
CNN’s Nectar Gan contributed reporting.