With the coronavirus pandemic limiting travel in China, many tourist guides have turned to virtual tours. Photo: AFP
With the coronavirus pandemic limiting travel in China, many tourist guides have turned to virtual tours. Photo: AFP

China’s travel industry ‘paralysed’ by coronavirus sees tour guides turn to live streaming

  • Struggling Chinese tour guides have begun live-streaming during the coronavirus pandemic to make up for lost business
  • Guides use Chinese video platforms such as Douyin, while making ‘minimal’ money from tips and brand partnerships

With the coronavirus pandemic limiting travel in China, many tourist guides have turned to virtual tours. Photo: AFP
With the coronavirus pandemic limiting travel in China, many tourist guides have turned to virtual tours. Photo: AFP
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