Two and a half months of lockdown, most of which during the winter, means Wuhan residents are now eager to get out and enjoy the spring sunshine. Some of the tourist attractions in the city are open again, but may not see the foot traffic they're used to for some time.
CGTN visited Mulan Yunwu Mountain scenic spot, the largest natural park in suburban Wuhan, last Sunday. The bright and sunny weather brought in a number of local residents, though not as many as before. Nearly all visitors wore masks. Some also pulled their masks down to chin sometimes to breathe the fresh air.
We first met Xiao Nan's family. "It's a nice day to come out and relax. We've had to stay at home for so long that we really want to come outside with our kid," said Xiao.
He and his wife are both traditional Chinese medicine practitioners. He believes there's no need to be so anxious about the COVID-19 pandemic in the city.
"Now it's all in their minds. Many of my patients have been struggling with anxiety. I suggest they just come out and take it easy because the spread of virus is not as serious as before," he said.
Mulan Yunwu Mountain reopened on April 8, the day when the city's lockdown ended. The first week following the reopening saw few visitors, while the next several days saw more, especially on weekends.
We found many families happily enjoying picnics in the park as restaurants in and around the scenic spot remain closed.
However, some residents said they might still stay at home during the coming Labor Day holiday, which is just a couple of days away, over concerns of large crowds gathering in public places, especially at popular tourist destinations.
Zhou Fan was having fun in the park with her family. She told us the Labor Day holiday might see lots of people out there so she planned to stay at home.
Though the number of daily visitors here is gradually increasing, it's only about one-fifth of that over last year. And its turnover has also dropped by 80 percent.
Wang Lianjie, general manager of the scenic area, said the local government has offered many favorable policies to support businesses and they have been applying for the help. However, worries still linger.
"I'm not sure when the fear will subside in the hearts of tourists. People's willingness to travel determines whether our business is good or bad. I'm still a bit uncertain about the future," said Wang.