South China shuts some tourist attractions as typhoon approaches

Thailand is experiencing heavy rain due to Typhoon Mujigae, which is expected to head northwards toward Qionghai on Hainan Island and Zhanjiang city on the coast of the southern Guangdong province.
Thailand is experiencing heavy rain due to Typhoon Mujigae, which is expected to head northwards toward Qionghai on Hainan Island and Zhanjiang city on the coast of the southern Guangdong province.PHOTO: EPA

BEIJING (BLOOMBERG) - The southern Chinese provinces of Guangdong and Hainan shut down some tourism activities on safety concerns and raised the alert level to the second highest as Typhoon Mujigae approached the coast, Xinhua reported on Saturday (Oct 3).

The island province of Hainan closed some of its coastal tourist attractions Saturday, Xinhua said. Authorities in the cities of Haikou and Sanya cancelled mountain activities and Guangdong province halted maritime attractions because of safety concerns, the report said.

The National Meteorological Center on Saturday upgraded the alert for the approaching super typhoon to orange, the second highest level, Xinhua reported.

Mujigae is expected to head northwards toward Qionghai on Hainan Island and Zhanjiang city on the coast of the southern Guangdong province, the Meteorological Administration said on its website Saturday. The storm may make landfall early Sunday, according to the statement.

The National Commission for Disaster Reduction and the Ministry of Civil Affairs ordered governments in south and southwest China to activate contingency and early warning plans, Xinhua said.

At 5 pm, the typhoon was estimated to be about 360km south of Hong Kong, and is forecast to move west-northwest at about 22km an hour in the direction of western Guangdong, according to the Hong Kong Observatory. According to the present forecast, Mujigae will be closest to Hong Kong from midnight to early Sunday morning.