Wide-reaching traffic lockdowns and a visible array of security in central Beijing for Oct 1 will likely drive those interested in the National Day Parade to the comfort of their own homes to watch the festivities on TV.
The daytime parade and the evening gala at Tian'anmen Square, celebrating the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China, will impact traffic on bus routes, subway lines and on roads today and Thursday in the capital. For most of the public, getting close to Tian'anmen Square will be a mission impossible.
Traffic authorities will shut down many roads, mostly within the third ring road, for nearly the entire day on Thursday.
A total of 241 bus routes will also be affected today and Thursday. Some will cease operating, and others will take passengers on detours, the municipal transport authority said on its official website yesterday.
Subways will also be heavily affected, as Line 1 will stop operating between 11pm today and 3:30pm Thursday. Other subway lines will skip certain stations Thursday.
The Qianmen station on Line 2, the Xidan station on Line 4, and the Dongdan station on Line 5 will be closed all day on Thursday.
Other stations will be closed from Thursday morning to 3:30 pm, such as Jianguomen, Chongwenmen, Hepingmen, Xuanwumen, Changchunjie and Fuxingmen stations on Line 2; Chongwenmen and Dengshikou stations on Line 5; and Guomao station on Line 10. Subway trains will skip these stations during operations.