People queued to enter Universal Studios’ theme park in ChinaFrance Press agency
A crowd has been queuing since dawn to catch a glimpse of Universal Studios’ first theme park in China, which opened its doors on Wednesday.
Leo Mohan, a 26-year-old college professor who dressed up as a witch for the occasion, said she was eagerly waiting to visit the Harry Potter attractions.
“I have been an unconditional fan of Harry Potter for more than 20 years,” she told AFP.
On its first test day on Wednesday, the park was open to visitors only by special invitation from companies.
The park will use facial recognition cameras so that visitors can pay for their meals or enter attractions without having to carry cash or tickets in their pockets.
The opening of Beijing Park, the fifth US conglomerate in the world, was announced in 2014 after obtaining approval from the Chinese authorities.
Searches on popular travel booking site Ctrip surged more than 800 percent on Monday after the opening date was announced, according to state media.
The park is expected to receive a large number of visitors next week, when there is a holiday in China.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, to enter the park, visitors must take a temperature measurement and declare that they have no symptoms of coronavirus.
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