Pictures of Post-Zero-COVID China

By Lars James Hamer, December 9, 2022

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There have been some huge changes in China relating to the country’s ‘zero-COVID’ policy over the last few weeks. We have absolutely loved seeing images of staff at metro stations tearing down QR codes, full restaurants and empty COVID-19 testing sites. 

Here are some of our favorite images collected from Chinese social media.

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A poster that was circulated on Xiaohongshu, marking the date that COVID started in Wuhan and ended in Guangzhou.

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A healthcare worker's hazmat suit says "the whole situation is finally over."

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Barriers being taken down in an unknown city.

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Four different metro stations remove QR codes. 

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Before: Long queues for a COVID test.

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After: said COVID testing site no longer exists. 

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An abandoned COVID testing point. 

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Another empty testing site.

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A sign informing people this COVID testing site is no longer in operation. 

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More QR codes being removed.

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How it started, how it's going. 

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An ayi struggles to remove a QR code.

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We would personally volunteer to help remove these QR codes. 

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When can we stop wearing masks?

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This one was stuck on real tight.

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A testing site telling people not to get tested... the irony.

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People in restaurants, a beautiful site. 


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One of the sole remaining testing sites, it now only operates for two hours per day and isn't free. 


[Cover image via Xiaohongshu]

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