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Tian'anmen closes as countdown begins

The Forbidden City and other popular tourist venues will begin closing to visitors from Tuesday, just two days out from National Day holiday.

A float in a parade at the ongoing China Flower Expo in Shunyi on Saturday reflects the festive spirit of the National Day celebrations.

Iconic venues including the Forbidden City, Tian'anmen Rostrum, and the Great Hall of the People will close tomorrow at 3 pm, and reopen on Friday at the earliest, the Tian'anmen Square managing authority told METRO.

Tian'anmen Square will be closed on Wednesday and Thursday.

President Hu Jintao, along with other State leaders and VIPs, will watch a two-hour military and civilian parade from the rostrum on Thursday at 10 am.

A gala event organized by Olympic ceremony director Zhang Yimou and fireworks designer Cai Guoqiang will be staged later that night.

Beijing police expect tens of thousands of tourists to visit the square when it reopens on Oct 2. The authority is yet to announce the exact time when the square will reopen.

Many visitors were expected to watch the regular flag raising ceremony at Tian'anmen on Thursday.

METRO has also learned the Great Hall of the People will be closed four days longer than other venues in Tian'anmen Square. It will reopen to visitors on Oct 6.

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 Source : China Daily  Editor: Ivy
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