To the laundry list of charming privileges that Beijing residents have to look forward to on the eve of China’s 19th National Party Congress — shuttered bars, nightclub sting operations, the cancellation of all entertainment incongruous with the moment’s gravitas — add this: subway queues like music festival crowds, with none of the attendant bonhomie.
As 2,300 delegates prepare to converge on Tiananmen Square for the Plenum’s opening session tomorrow, That’s Beijing reported heightened security measures in effect at several metro stations across the capital. In addition to the bag scans required at most Chinese transit hubs, Beijing residents braving the subway this week will have to submit to full body searches. On Monday, some commuters waited for as long as two hours outside security checkpoints, according to the Beijinger.
Take a gander at these twice-in-a-decade crowds: