(CBN - Global) May 9 -- Walt Disney Co.'s Shanghai theme park resort, the company's first in mainland China, opened its doors to thousands of visitors over the weekend as it began trial operations amid heavy smog. Local media reports showed gloomy skies over the resort.
Air pollution in China's biggest city was high during the weekend of May 7 and 8, with a PM 2.5 reading of up to 453. PM 2.5 refers to particles that are 2.5 micrometers or smaller in diameter. Such particles can cause respiratory problems. Only when the number is between 10 and 30 is air quality considered good enough for people to breath normally.
China's official Xinhua News Agency reported that Saturday was the resort's first trial day and nearly 10,000 people, mostly relatives of Disney employees and media representatives, were invited. Neither Xinhua nor Shanghai's local news outlets said anything about the impact of the smog on visitors, who had lengthy waits for attractions. The resort will officially open on June 16.
The Shanghai municipal government implemented air pollution controls on Saturday, with all construction work suspended. Data from the Shanghai Environmental Protection Bureau shows that heavy air pollution could continue until Tuesday.