Entering Beijing’s Olympics Bubble Is A Surreal Experience
Jan 27, 2022, 10:53 AM
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BEIJING (AP) — For the thousands of athletes, journalists and others descending on Beijing for the Winter Olympics, China’s strict pandemic measures are creating a surreal and at times anxious experience.
China is isolating everyone coming from abroad from any contact with the general public for the duration of the Games, which open next week.
— Olympic Hockey Bubble (@olympic_bubble) January 27, 2022
That means being taken from the Beijing airport in special vehicles to a hotel surrounded by temporary barricades that keep participants in and the public out.
An AP photographer saw passengers met by workers in white, full-body protective gear.
Everyone is tested for COVID-19 at the airport before being transported to their barricaded hotels, the entrances protected by round-the-clock guards.