Liangzhu archaeological park reopens after lengthy closure

(chinadaily.com.cn) Updated : 2020-02-25


Visitors traverse a grassland in the Liangzhu Archaeological Site in Hangzhou, capital of eastern China's Zhejiang province, on Feb 23. [Photo/zj.zjol.com.cn]

The Liangzhu Archaeological Site in Hangzhou reopened to visitors on Feb 23 after a lengthy closure due to the coronavirus outbreak.

One month ago, the Liangzhu Archaeological Site was closed and all its scheduled activities were cancelled due to the infectious disease.

On the morning of its reopening, a number of tourists showed up at the site, but had to have their temperatures and health codes checked before entering.

Only those with green codes are allowed to enter, while those with yellow or red codes will be turned away.

Visitors who wish to visit the scenic area are advised to make an appointment in advance and are discouraged from using cash to pay the admission fee.

Officials from the management committee of the archaeological site said that the scenic area will accept a maximum of 3,000 visitors a day and will be open from 9 am to 5 pm throughout the course of the epidemic outbreak.

Liangzhu culture (3400-2250 BC), which existed during the late Neolithic period, was discovered 80 years ago by Chinese archaeologists in the town of Liangzhu, Hangzhou. The ancient culture played a vital role in shaping Chinese civilization. More than 500 sites have been excavated to date, spanning East China's Zhejiang and Jiangsu provinces, as well as Shanghai.

The ruins, which date back 5,300 years, were inducted into the UNESCO World Heritage list on July 6, 2019 during the 43rd session of the World Heritage Committee in Baku, Azerbaijan.


A worker at the Liangzhu Archaeological Site in Hangzhou takes the temperature of a visitor on Feb 23, the first day in a month the park has been open to the public. [Photo/zj.zjol.com.cn]


Visitors explore the Liangzhu Archaeological Site in Hangzhou, capital of eastern China's Jiangsu province, on Feb 23. [Photo/zj.zjol.com.cn]