The guide brandishes her fan to make sure no one loses sight of her. She comments on the visit of the Palace of Versailles to Japanese tourists. Next door, a young Korean girl, who has come alone, has her picture taken in the Hall of Mirrors. She knows that once she gets home, she will never go out without a mask because of the coronavirus that paralyzes Koreans. The visit to the Queen’s bedroom is taken by storm.
On Tuesday, the Palace of Versailles welcomed 18,324 visitors. Among them, 15% of Asians, but not a single Chinese. Never seen. For ten years and without discontinuity, the attendance of nationals of the Middle Kingdom has not stopped increasing. Last year, the monument welcomed 8.2 million visitors, 13% of whom came from China. After the French and the Americans, they were the most numerous to visit the castle. Since the end of January, they have been absent subscribers, prohibited from leaving the territory; most remain caulked at home, on demand