China began the five-day communist holiday known as “May Day” on Saturday by encouraging citizens to travel the country. Thousands, and perhaps millions, obliged, flooding tourist sites like the Great Wall of China and forming tightly packed crowds in major cities.
May Day – or, formally, International Workers’ Day – is a celebration of Marxism and communism ideology. In China, May 1 typically heralds the beginning of a five-day holiday marked by travel, packed movie theaters, and crowded restaurants. As a result of the Chinese coronavirus pandemic, which originated in the central city of Wuhan, 2020’s May Day festivities were muted. Chinese state media spent much of the past week predicting a raucous May Day season in the country, estimating that over 200 million people may choose to go on domestic vacations. The Communist Party announced prior to the holiday that local Party officials nationwide had planned at least 20 music