[photopress:beijing_forbidden_city.jpg,full,alignright]A headline that gives one pause. Nothing in Chinese history prepares one for the headline ‘Forbidden City adopts e-tickets.’ But that, indeed, will be the situation.
The Beijing Times reports the pressure of visitors is such the the Palace Museum, or Forbidden City, in Beijing will adopt an electronic ticket-checking system from May onwards to control its crowd flow. Plainly if the situation is bad now by the time the Olympics comes around it will be double that.
The new system will keep a real-time record of visitors inside the museum, and automatically inform the ticket office to halt ticket sales once the number exceeds the museum’s maximum reception capacity.
In recent years, the number of daily visitors to the Palace Museum has averaged 50,000 during ‘golden weeks,’ the week-long national holidays observed three times a year in China. Now the figures will be totally controllable.
Source: China Tour
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