China's Palace Museum welcomes more visitors
China's Palace Museum, also known as the Forbidden City, welcomed more visitors as it further raised the daily arrivals to 12,000 from Tuesday.
Visitors still need to make online reservation, have their body temperature checked before entering, wear face masks and practice social distancing while visiting the exhibition halls, according to a notice issued by the museum.
Shops selling cultural items, bookstores and restaurants inside the museum will be gradually opened to visitors from August 1, said the notice.
The Palace Museum partially reopened with a daily cap of 5,000 visitors on May 1, the first day of China's five-day May Day holiday, after it was closed on January 25 to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.
From May 12, the museum raised its daily visitor limit to 8,000.
The year 2020 marks the 600th anniversary of the Forbidden City. The Palace Museum was built on the base of the former imperial compound in 1925.