Have you been wanting to visit China, but it is too far away, or you don’t want to risk getting infected by the new illness spreading through the country? The Chinese government is encouraging its museums and cultural centers to put as much online as possible. So now is the time to go and visit as it is unclear if it will remain online once the illness is finally contained. You can see a number of different places online, however most don’t have any translations available, so it will not be the easiest to navigate. You can see the virtual tour here, but be aware that the site will take +10 seconds to load.
This year’s deadly coronavirus outbreak has gripped China, forcing many people to hunker down and stay out of public places during what has typically been a busy travel time. But while many businesses remain closed, some of China’s most popular museums are moving their exhibits to a new place to be enjoyed: online.
The move comes as the number of confirmed coronavirus cases continues to rise, reaching as high as 24,604 as of Wednesday, with 494 deaths, Forbes reported.
Museums like the Palace Museum in the Forbidden City in Beijing have made their galleries virtual, viewable for those in China who cannot travel to see it in person, CNN reported. The Forbidden City is celebrating its 600th anniversary this year, but said on Jan. 23 that it would be closed until further notice due to the contagious coronavirus.