Citizens fighting COVID-19 get free tour of iconic sites

Citizens, who were on the front line in the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic, visit the Shanghai Tower.

When Fan Zhangjun, a medical waste collector who hadn’t rested well for about 100 days due to the recent resurgence of COVID-19, visited Shanghai Tower for the first time, it was a welcome respite.

He was one of 15 tour groups that visited Shanghai’s iconic tourist attractions in an activity organized by the Shanghai General Union on Monday.

These “tourists” were on the front line in the battle against COVID-19.

Fan has worked as a medical waste collector for 15 years.

“I sometimes worked from 6 a.m. to 4 a.m. the next day to ensure efficient and safe transfer and handling of waste during the resurgence of COVID-19,” Fan said.

“Now I’m a bit relaxed and happy to have the chance to visit the city,” he said. “I will return to work with renewed zeal.”

Su Haoxiang, a community social worker from Songnan No. 9 Residential Complex in Baoshan District, and his colleagues have been building a line of defense during the pandemic.

During the lockdown, they lived in the complex and worked around the clock to provide PCR testing, merchandise distribution, medication pick-up and express delivery transfer services to more than 4,000 residents.

“I will continue to work locally and contribute to the fight against COVID-19,” Su said.

The activity also aimed to stimulate the city’s cultural and tourist markets and increase consumption.

The Shanghai General Union and the Shanghai Culture and Tourism Administration have published more than 100 tourist routes, which can be accessed through the union’s WeChat account.

These routes will allow visitors to enjoy the beauty of the Huangpu River and Suzhou Stream, as well as the city’s industrial civilization and the pleasures of camping.

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