BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities have asked managers of the country's popular tourism sites to take safety precautions during the current weeklong National Day holiday period, after thousands of tourists were stranded for hours in a national park.
The China National Tourism Administration issued a notice to the managers on Thursday, one day after more than 4,000 tourists were stranded in the Jiuzhai Valley National Park in the southwest province of Sichuan following delays in shuttle bus services. The delays paralyzed the area's transportation system, and military police were summoned to keep order.
The weeklong holiday, known as Golden Week, is a peak travel period in China, with hundreds of millions of Chinese taking advantage of the extended break. The tourism administration said more than 6 million people had visited 125 sites across China in the first three days of the Oct. 1-7 holiday period, up by 8.4 percent from last year.
Photos in state media have shown massive crowds in popular tourist sites across China, raising safety concerns.
The People's Daily said the historic Mogao Caves in western China had a record number of more than 20,000 visitors on Thursday, raising the carbon dioxide inside some caves to dangerous levels that could ruin the ancient murals.
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