Coronavirus social distancing ignored in China as 30,000 flock to watch sunrise – PICTURED

Nearly 30,000 people visited Mount Tai in Tai’an on Friday. Shocking pictures show huge crowds on the mountain’s narrow pathways.

The tourist attraction was forced to stop selling tickets hours after opening as it reached its capacity of 29,000 people.

Thousands arrived early in the morning to watch the sunrise.

The park is allowing just 25 percent of its maximum capacity in a bid to stop the spread of coronavirus.

It is also only accepting online reservations and staggering entry times.

But despite these measures, people crammed alongside each other on the mountain.

It comes as China is relaxing strict social distancing restrictions which were brought in to combat the spread of Covid-19, which broke out in Wuhan.

Earlier this month, people flocked to a Chinese park when officials offered free entry. 

Up to 20,000 tourists visited the Huangshan National Park in Anhui.

Pictures show people side by side without appearing to follow social distancing measures.

Many wore face masks but some did not have protective equipment.

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The park had reopened after closing in January due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Visitors underwent health screenings including having their temperatures taken.

The park even turned people away after reaching full capacity.

Officials offered free entry in a bid to boost tourism.

China reported 12 new coronavirus cases on April 30, bringing the total to 82,874.

With no new deaths, the toll remained at 4,633.

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