Reporter’s Notebook: Covid-19 roadblocks turn Beijing’s sleeper town commuters into zombies

In Yanjiao, on the eastern outskirts of Beijing, commuters have learned from experience to get up early if they want to avoid spending hours on the road.A sleeper town 35km (22 miles) from Tiananmen Square, in the heart of the capital, it has a population of close to a million. Many people have moved there, or to the neighbouring cities of Dachang and Xianghe, for cheaper homes.About 100,000 people a day commute to Beijing from these three areas, according to local media, most by bus or their…


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