Beijing has issued a temporary traffic ban that will see half the cars pulled off the road from August 20 to September 3, as the Chinese capital attempts to look its nicest and shiniest during two big events being hosted by the city in the next few weeks.
These events include the IAAF track and field World Championships, being held from August 22 to August 30, and of course, the World War II victory parade, which will fall on September 3.
The car restrictions, similar to those implemented during the APEC meetings last year, mean that vehicles with even and odd registration plates must drive on the roads on alternating days, Xinhua reports.
Meanwhile, Tianamen Square will be closed to the public for parade rehearsals, and from August 22 to August 23, restaurants, bars and retailers in the popular shopping area Sanlitun will close their doors as well, The Beijinger reports.
The city will close down its airports for three hours on September 3 due to military flyovers planned for the parade, and from August 20 until September 3, the city has banned flying small aircraft “including drones, model airplanes, unmanned balloons, gliders, among others”.
The military parade will mark the 70th anniversary of the victory of the Chinese People’s War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression. Workers across China will also get three-day holiday from September 3 to September 5 this year to mark the anniversary and to make up for the missing Mid-Autumn Festival holiday, which falls on a Sunday.
[Image via NetEase]