Photos: Beijing slowly reopens amid falling coronavirus cases

Life in the Chinese capital of Beijing, a city of more than 20 million continues to remain tightly controlled, including mandatory two-week quarantines to everyone arriving from abroad and those who have been in foreign countries in the last 14 days. But with the gradual opening of the Great Wall of China and the city zoo, the city looks to slowly steer life towards normal amid a sharp fall in the number of new coronavirus cases.

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People wearing face masks look at a giant panda at Beijing Zoo on March 25, 2020, after it reopened its outdoor exhibit areas to the public after being closed due to the coronavirus outbreak. While many of the city's world-famous tourist sites, including the sprawling Forbidden City ancient palace complex, remain closed, spring weather and budding cherry blossoms are coaxing outdoors citizens who have been largely confined to home for the last two months. (Wang Zhao / AFP)

People wearing face masks look at a giant panda at Beijing Zoo on March 25, 2020, after it reopened its outdoor exhibit areas to the public after being closed due to the coronavirus outbreak. While many of the city's world-famous tourist sites, including the sprawling Forbidden City ancient palace complex, remain closed, spring weather and budding cherry blossoms are coaxing outdoors citizens who have been largely confined to home for the last two months. (Wang Zhao / AFP)

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Visitors on the Badaling Great Wall of China after it reopened on March 24, 2020. Beijing's city zoo and parts of the Great Wall of China have reopened to visitors who book in advance, as the capital slowly returns to normal amid a sharp fall in the number of new coronavirus cases. (Andy Wong / AP)

Visitors on the Badaling Great Wall of China after it reopened on March 24, 2020. Beijing's city zoo and parts of the Great Wall of China have reopened to visitors who book in advance, as the capital slowly returns to normal amid a sharp fall in the number of new coronavirus cases. (Andy Wong / AP)

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Security guards wearing protective face masks stand watch on the Badaling Great Wall of China. Authorities are limiting access to avoid crowds that might lead to further cross-infections, although they say restrictions will be loosened as long as the virus remains at bay. (Andy Wong / AP)

Security guards wearing protective face masks stand watch on the Badaling Great Wall of China. Authorities are limiting access to avoid crowds that might lead to further cross-infections, although they say restrictions will be loosened as long as the virus remains at bay. (Andy Wong / AP)

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Firefighters disinfect the platform at Yichang East Railway Station in central China's Hubei Province. China is re-opening some train stations and bus service as it lifts the lockdown in Hubei province to stem the spread of the new coronavirus. The provincial railway group said that stations would open in all cities except Wuhan on Wednesday, the AP reported. (Wang Shen / Xinhua via AP)

Firefighters disinfect the platform at Yichang East Railway Station in central China's Hubei Province. China is re-opening some train stations and bus service as it lifts the lockdown in Hubei province to stem the spread of the new coronavirus. The provincial railway group said that stations would open in all cities except Wuhan on Wednesday, the AP reported. (Wang Shen / Xinhua via AP)

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A visitor stands in front of the shuttered Forbidden City in Beijing. Travel and tourism are major employers in Beijing, and like all service industries, have been hard-hit by the outbreak and accompanying closure orders. Schools, including famed institutions such as Peking University, remain closed, and authorities say it may be weeks or longer before students can return to classrooms. (Ng Han Guan / AP)

A visitor stands in front of the shuttered Forbidden City in Beijing. Travel and tourism are major employers in Beijing, and like all service industries, have been hard-hit by the outbreak and accompanying closure orders. Schools, including famed institutions such as Peking University, remain closed, and authorities say it may be weeks or longer before students can return to classrooms. (Ng Han Guan / AP)

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Visitors wearing face masks look at a great bustard at the Beijing Zoo. Public transport continues to operate and many offices have reopened, albeit with strict temperature checks and registration requirements that appear to have contributed to the containment of the outbreak that has sickened more than 81,000 people and killed over 3,200 in the country. (Mark Schiefelbein / AP)

Visitors wearing face masks look at a great bustard at the Beijing Zoo. Public transport continues to operate and many offices have reopened, albeit with strict temperature checks and registration requirements that appear to have contributed to the containment of the outbreak that has sickened more than 81,000 people and killed over 3,200 in the country. (Mark Schiefelbein / AP)

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A visitor wearing a face mask takes a photo of blossoms at the Beijing Zoo after it reopened its outdoor exhibit areas. Travel in and out of the city of more than 20 million remains tightly controlled, including mandatory two-week quarantines to everyone arriving from abroad and those who have been in foreign countries in the last 14 days. (MArk Schiefelbein / AP)

A visitor wearing a face mask takes a photo of blossoms at the Beijing Zoo after it reopened its outdoor exhibit areas. Travel in and out of the city of more than 20 million remains tightly controlled, including mandatory two-week quarantines to everyone arriving from abroad and those who have been in foreign countries in the last 14 days. (MArk Schiefelbein / AP)

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Despite the hardship, the outbreak has had at least one upside for Beijing: The slowdown in industrial activity has banished the city’s notorious pollution, leaving cobalt skies that reveal the surrounding dramatic mountain landscapes. (Ng Han Guan / AP)

Despite the hardship, the outbreak has had at least one upside for Beijing: The slowdown in industrial activity has banished the city’s notorious pollution, leaving cobalt skies that reveal the surrounding dramatic mountain landscapes. (Ng Han Guan / AP)

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Workers wearing protective masks are seen outside Midea factory, which has resumed operations in Wuhan on March 25, 2020. While many migrant workers remain trapped by travel bans, industrial production has returned to action, including in the crucial auto manufacturing industry, which is largely based in Wuhan, and in businesses that provide critical links in global supply chains. (REUTERS)

Workers wearing protective masks are seen outside Midea factory, which has resumed operations in Wuhan on March 25, 2020. While many migrant workers remain trapped by travel bans, industrial production has returned to action, including in the crucial auto manufacturing industry, which is largely based in Wuhan, and in businesses that provide critical links in global supply chains. (REUTERS)

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A man wearing a protective mask stands next to a suitcase at a bus terminal in Wuhan. The Chinese government says work has restarted on about 90% of major public construction projects across the country, excluding Hubei province and its capital, Wuhan, where the virus was first detected in December. (REUTERS)

A man wearing a protective mask stands next to a suitcase at a bus terminal in Wuhan. The Chinese government says work has restarted on about 90% of major public construction projects across the country, excluding Hubei province and its capital, Wuhan, where the virus was first detected in December. (REUTERS)

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