(Yicai Global) March 2 -- The new coronavirus epidemic has swept Beijing's usually teeming streets bare since the Spring Festival holiday, and this gives city residents a feeling of unreality. Beijingers, who are most at their ease during the Lunar New Year, but parks and business streets alike are now forbidding zones. The capital's gregarious denizens are trying to quell their yearning for contact with others as the Covid-19 epidemic casts its pall over the Chinese capital's everyday life.
A resident walks across Wangfujing Street in downtown Beijing on Feb. 19.
The closed entrance to the quaint traditional hutong of Nanluoguxiang, usually thronged with tourists on Feb. 19, is now accessible by local residents only.
Visitors were few at the Taikoo Li mall in the city's toney Sanlitun area on Feb. 19.
Controls are as tight as an anaconda's coils at the Jingshan neighborhood near the Palace Museum -- better known as the Forbidden City -- on Feb. 19. People going in and out must undergo a temperature check.
A subway car holds only a handful of passengers on Feb. 19.
A security inspector wears protective gear at the Beijing Capital International Airport on Feb. 26.
Jianguo Road in Beijing's downtown financial district, one the city's most crowded roadways in normal times, shows sparse traffic at 4.30 p.m. on Feb. 19.
A highway toll gate stands vacant on Feb. 19.
Editors: Tang Shihua, Ben Armour