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China's Golden Week shoppers declare COVID 'curbed'

Spending up 5%, but large crowds ring alarm over another coronavirus wave

People celebrated China's Golden Week with trips and shopping excursions, delivering a much needed boost to an economy emerging from the pandemic's devastating impact.   © Reuters

SHANGHAI -- Massive crowds flooded the historic Bund waterfront district here in the middle of China's Golden Week holidays, with people lining up to catch a glimpse of the city's iconic skyline lit up at night.

Also known as Waitan, the area was so busy that police officers were sent in to direct foot traffic, in a scene once unthinkable in a country that was the first epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic still gripping much of the world.

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