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Chinese President Xi Jinping’s "COVID zero" strategy has become notorious internationally for its grueling lockdowns. But in the southwestern mega-city of Chongqing, signs of China’s signature pandemic policy disrupting daily life are hard to find.

Tourists snapped selfies at an ancient fortress while hundreds of partygoers packed into a gay bar this week, with barely a mask in sight. Ride-hailing-app users hopped into Didi Global cars to escape the city’s 40-degree Celsius heat wave without scanning contact-tracing apps, unlike in Beijing. Domestic travelers poured into the city, which mostly doesn’t require quarantine on arrival.

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