Studios Wizards kick off Beijing show

Central Station | 21 Sep 2021

Harry Potter fans came dressed as wizards as Universal Studios opened its first theme park in China under anti-virus controls yesterday.

Characters from the Hollywood studio's Jurassic Park, Kung Fu Panda and Harry Potter feature prominently at Universal Studios Beijing.

The opening went ahead despite coronavirus outbreaks in China's southeast that prompted the government to tighten travel controls in some areas. "We've been longing for the opening for quite a while,'' said a visitor, Niu Haoxuan.

Visitors were required to wear masks and display a smartphone-based health code that shows whether they have been to regions deemed as high risk of infection.

This is Beijing's first foreign-branded amusement park. It is the fifth worldwide for Universal Studios and the third in Asia, after Japan and Singapore.

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