Tourists pack together on Great Wall of China with no face masks or social distancing as Beijing declares Covid victory

INCREDIBLE pictures shows thousands of tourists packed together like sardines of the Great Wall of China as Beijing continues to boast it has “eradicated” Covid.

Travellers flocked to the destination with only some wearing masks or practicing social distancing over the Labor Day holiday in China.

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Many people were not wearing masks as they visited the Great Wall of China

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Many people were not wearing masks as they visited the Great Wall of ChinaCredit: AFP
Thousands of people were packed together shoulder-to-shoulder on the Great Wall of China

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Thousands of people were packed together shoulder-to-shoulder on the Great Wall of ChinaCredit: AFP
China claims to have essentially eradicated Covid as its only recorded four deaths since last April

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China claims to have essentially eradicated Covid as its only recorded four deaths since last AprilCredit: Reuters

Photographs show thousands of people rubbing shoulder-to-shoulder as they walk the snaking wonder with seemingly no care for the pandemic.

The Great Wall of China is one of the Seven Wonders of World – and normally receives almost 10million each year – with up to 80,000 every single day in peak seasons.

It comes as the world has hit new Covid highs with over 900,000 new cases a day last week as the virus continues to surge 14 months after it was first detected in China.

China reported only 11 new cases on the mainland on Sunday, and claims all new cases were imported from overseas.

Beijing staggeringly claims there have only been four recorded deaths from the virus since last April.

Labor Day sees China enjoy a five day holiday with a frenzy of tourism as millions go holiday and go to see relatives.

It was estimated some 200million trips would be taken by Chinese residents during the long weekend.

Britain meanwhile remains under heavy restrictions over the May Bank Holiday – with large events still mostly banned, indoor gatherings restricted, and outdoor meetings subject the rule of six.

And fears continue to loom a new variant could derail all the good work from the vaccine rollout and unlocking, even as cases drop to just 1,600.

China has faced questions about how truthful it has been throughout the pandemic as questions still loom after the virus surfaced in the city of Wuhan in December 2019.

It claims some of the world’s strictest lockdowns, adherence to the rules, and extensive testing programmes have allowed it to beat the pandemic.

With total cases of just 90,697 and total deaths of 4,636, China has just a fraction of the cases and deaths compared to other nations – despite having the world’s largest population with 1.4billion.

Labor Day holiday travellers scale the Great Wall of China

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Labor Day holiday travellers scale the Great Wall of ChinaCredit: AFP
Families flocked to the see the wonder as China recovers from Covid

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Families flocked to the see the wonder as China recovers from CovidCredit: AFP
People were packed together as as many opted to ditch their face masks

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People were packed together as as many opted to ditch their face masksCredit: AFP

Tickets for domestic flights and into theme parks over the Labor Day holiday rapidly sold out, and the figures actually surpassed pre-Covid figures from 2019.

It is the first mostly restriction free holiday in the country since Lunar New Year plans in February had to be cancelled due to a domestic outbreak.

China claims mass vaccinations in cities has helped boost confidence in travel – with Beijing reporting 270million have been given the jab.

Some trips however are reportedly costing up to three times what they did last year as Chinese businesses cash in.

Last month, Shang Kejia, vice director of the Department of Transport of the Civil Aviation Administration of China, said: “Thanks to the effective epidemic containment measures adopted by China, the five-day holiday is expected to unleash the pent-up demand for air transport.

“Both the volume and prices of flight tickets showed rapid growth, and are likely to rise above the level from 2019, boosted by the sharp growth in the number of mid- and long-distance travellers in the extended holiday.”

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