Known as ‘China’s Hawaii,’ Sanya is located in the southern Chinese island province of Hainan. This destination is a beautiful tourist hub, which is famous for its white-sand beaches, and year-round warm weather. However, the COVID outbreak, as well as pandemic restrictions adhering to the Chinese regime’s ‘zero COVID’ policy, has turned the beach getaway into a literal tourist trap. It is estimated that about 80,000 tourists are now stranded in the city.
From 6 a.m. on August 6, Sanya imposed temporary lockdown. Aside from the suspension of public transportation, people’s movements inside the city were also restricted.
Since the lockdowns have been imposed city-wide, chaos also broke out in many places.
In a Youtube video posted on August 9, the subtitles read: Sanya residents lack material, one potato a day. The woman counts seven potatoes on the table, adding that she would eat them for the next week.
In another video, many shops are sealed off, and the streets are empty.
“It’s all sealed, there’s no more to eat, and when you come out to find something to eat, you have to take the opportunity of making nucleic acids to sneak out to find something to eat.”
Residents are also required to do nucleic acid tests- even under the rain. Holding umbrellas, they have to wait in long lines for nucleic acid tests.
Or even under the heavy rain.
Several other videos show how empty the streets are.
The man in the video said the intersection at one end of Shengli Road is entirely blocked while all shops on the street are shut down.
According to data provider Variflight, on Saturday, over 80% of flights to and from Sanya were canceled. Sanya Phoenix International Airport has canceled all inbound and outbound flights for August 7.
Tourists then find themselves stuck in the city.
According to state-run media Global Times, the COVID-19 outbreaks in Hainan have spread to at least 13 cities and counties. Hainan authorities said on Monday that more than 1,500 local positive cases had been reported in the flare-up that started on August 1.