Beijing, China, stages huge September 3 pageant and parade

On September 3, 2015, China will celebrate a new national holiday, Victory Day, to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. The government will stage a pageant and huge parade through the center of Beijing, which will showcase China’s military power.

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Travellers’ plans for sightseeing in Beijing will be disrupted.

Streets around the parade route in central Beijing are closed to pedestrians and motor traffic. Subways will not stop along the route and stations will be closed. Nearby hotels, like the Beijing Hotel, Grand Hotel Beijing, Beijing International Hotel, Peninsula Hotel and Grand Hyatt Beijing will not accept outside guests until at least Friday.

Sections of the central city will be closed to people and unauthorized vehicles starting Tuesday morning until after the parade on Thursday. This will affect commercial areas on Wangfujing, such as Oriental Plaza shopping mall and around Dongdan, Qianmen, Dashilar and Xidan.

Outpatient services at hospitals in central Beijing will close outpatient services on Thursday (and some for parts of Wednesday). Emergency services will remain open.

Beijing’s two airports will be closed to commercial flights from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Thursday.

The Forbidden City, National Museum of China, Tiananmen Gate, Zhongshan Park and the Beijing Working People’s Cultural Palace are closed through Thursday. Tiananmen Square is closed Wednesday and Thursday. Mao’s Mausoleum is closed through Saturday.

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