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Trespassing Tourists Banned from Great Wall of China

Two tourists were banned from the Great Wall of China when they trespassed on an section of the structure not developed for tourism. This according to the operator of the Mutianyu section of the Wall.

Other visitors reported the two men from Senegal for ignoring the “no crossing” sign. They climbed onto the undeveloped part of the wall around Watchtower 20. The area is currently being redeveloped to be open to the public.

Officials stated on the Great Wall WeChat account that much of this are is unstable and needs repaired. They said safety-wise this “wild” section of the Great Wall is dangerous as it is steep with loose bricks. They said it would be easy to get lost or injured and isn’t suitable for either climbing or walking.

The operator has asked all visitors to respect and protect the structure. Unauthorized tourism in forbidden sections is not only dangerous to tourists but can severely damage the UNESCO World Heritage site.

When the operator learned of the trespassing by the two men they employed the ticketing and monitoring system to find their information and put them on a black list preventing them from purchasing tickets in the future.

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Tokyo Summer Games Still in Question?

The Tokyo Olympic Summer Games were postponed in 2020 in the early months of the Covid-19 pandemic. Now, they are facing increasing issues with putting on the Summer Games in 2021.

On of the most troubling of these issues is that the US State Department has advised against US citizens traveling to Japan because of the increase in Covid-19 cases. They’ve instituted a level 4 “do not travel” warning. This is the departments highest caution level.

No Americans have been allowed in Japan as tourists in over a year. Japan has been closed to casual travelers throughout the pandemic. Only under very limited reasons are Americans allowed to enter the country.

However, the Summer Games are still scheduled to take place from July 23 to August 8 in Japan this year.

Katsunobu Kato, chief cabinet secretary, stated Tokyo believes the United States still supports holding the Summer Games despite the travel advisory by the Sate Department.

 

 

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Summer Travel Recommendations from the CDC Part 2

It is only fair that after such an unusual year spent cooped up in our homes that people will want to travel. Here are some additional recommendations from the CDC for taking your summer vacation.

Camping is also relatively safe, according to the CDC, as long as one is staying in a camper or tent only with members of their household and/or vaccinated people. They recommend trying to avoid shared toilet facilities if possible.

For food since they recommend staying in a cabin or vacation home, an RV or camping bringing your own food and cooking or getting take-out and/or delivery is the safest option. Going out to a restaurant, according to the CDC, is less safe but acceptable if the space is well ventilated, social distancing can be maintained and that the staff and other patrons are adhering to mask policies.

Long distance travel, travel by air, train or bus, traveling over seas are all considered far less safe by the CDC. Additionally, staying in hotels, motels or bed and breakfasts is considered less safe than the options listed above. Attending crowded events are visiting crowded attractions is not recommended.

The CDC suggest an RV as a possible all around good solution to travel and vacation this summer as long as the travel party in the RV is only from your household and/or vaccinated people.

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Summer Travel Recommendations from the CDC

As the weather warms, school lets out and people are getting vaccinated, naturally they are going to want to travel for a vacation. The CDC has produced a set of guidelines to stay safe and healthy during the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.

The primary item they want to remind people of is that COVID-19 is transmitted through close contact between people. They recommend people continue wear a mask over their mouth and nose while in public. That they should avoid crowds and maintain physical distancing from anyone who is not in their travel party. Also, to wash their hands or use hand sanitizer (60% or higher alcohol content) often.

The CDC maintains that the safest kind of travel would be by passenger vehicle with only members of your household and/or other vaccinated people. They recommend minimizing stops for gas, food and rest and travelling only short distances.

For accommodations they say the safest option is single group vacation rental like a cabin where only family members and/or vaccinated persons would stay. Likewise, the home of family members or vaccinated persons is relatively safe.

RVs are another potential, safer option.

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Does and Donts: Sleeping on Planes

Whether it is for business or pleasure, when we fly, we want to feel rested and ready when the flight is over. On longer flights getting some rest might figure into feeling good when one lands. While there are many distractions on a flight that might keep some up, others just don’t sleep well while flying, quiet plane or no.

Over the counter medications or alcohol may help some people relax and sleep, however these will usually leave one groggy after waking.

Fliers should do their best to be comfy. Wear loose fitting and, if you need them, warm clothes. Try to use the restroom before falling asleep. Undo your belt and other restrictive accessories. Let your neighbors know you want to try and sleep through the flight.

It is best to bring one’s own comfort items like pillows and blankets as these are becoming more and more rare on flights. Noise canceling headphones, music, white noise, noise generators or some television episodes downloaded from your favorite streaming app help some people sleep.

The cues of your nighttime routine can help your brain prepare for sleep. Try sticking to any of them you can during the flight. Make your routines portable, not only for the plane, but your destination as well. Likewise, following your rituals will prepare your brain for sleep in an unfamiliar place and time zone.

The most important thing to remember is that if you can’t sleep, it is best not to stress out about it. Relax as much as you can. Even just lying back, shutting your eyes and letting your mind wander can be restful.