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.


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


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


Barriers being taken down in an unknown city.


Four different metro stations remove QR codes. 


Before: Long queues for a COVID test.


After: said COVID testing site no longer exists. 


An abandoned COVID testing point. 


Another empty testing site.


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


More QR codes being removed.


How it started, how it's going. 


An ayi struggles to remove a QR code.


We would personally volunteer to help remove these QR codes. 


When can we stop wearing masks?


This one was stuck on real tight.


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


People in restaurants, a beautiful site. 


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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