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China's zero-COVID policy fuels camping boom

School rules keep families from venturing out of town

People pitch tents to enjoy picnics in a Shanghai park on Sept. 25. (Photo by Tomoko Wakasugi)

SHANGHAI -- China's strict coronavirus measures are driving people away from such domestic vacation sites as tropical beaches and instead pushing them to campgrounds close to home.

Under the nation's heavy-handed zero-COVID policy, even domestic travel carries the risk of being quarantined at the destination or of being stuck there in a snap lockdown.

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