14 Things You Need to Know about Beijing's September 3 Military Parade

14 Things You Need to Know about Beijing's September 3 Military Parade
Aug 31, 2015 Translated by eChinacities.com

Editor's Note: Beijing's big holiday is approaching, and there are a few things that residents of Beijing must know about closures and martial law in the week leading up to the holiday. For tourists traveling to Beijing, you picked the wrong weekend: most parks and museums in the center of the city will be closed. Interestingly, Beijing has also tried to expel all birds from the center of the city for the military airshow.

1) 70 Gun Salute

There will be a 70 gun salute on the September 3 military parade. The 70 guns are symbolic of the 70th anniversary of the day of China's victory in 1945.

2) 3 Hour No-Fly Zone

There will be a three hour no fly zone around Beijing on September 3 from 9:30 to 12:30. Beijing's Capital Airport and Nanyuan Airport will be closed for those three hours with no flights in and out. On other flights out of Beijing that day, airport security will be strict and boarding will be closed for 45 minutes in advance.

3) No Drones, Real-Name System Delivery

Beijing has halted the sale of 12 kinds of aerial crafts including drones, gliders, unmanned balloons, and model airplanes in the weeks leading up to the holiday. Other packages delivered in Beijing must be signed on delivery and be registered through the real-name system.

4) Stock Market Closed for Holiday

The Shanghai Stock Exchange will be closed from September 3 through September 6 for the holiday. The market will re-open on Monday, September 7.

5) Martial Law in Tiananmen Square, Wangfujing, Qianmen

Tiananmen Square, Wangfujing, and Qianmen will be under martial law during the parade. Chang'an Avenue and its extensions will be closed off to all traffic and to the general civilian population. Only volunteers, those in the parade, and visiting diplomats from overseas will be allowed in the area and will have undergone a strict background check.

6) Museums and Parks Closed

The Beijing Military Museum will be closed for three days from September 1 to 3, the Beijing New Culture Movement Memorial will be temporarily closed on the 3rd, and the Capital Museum will be closed from September 1 to September 3. Chairman Mao's Mausoleum will be closed until September 5 and the Forbidden City will be closed until the 6th.

Tiananmen Square and Zhenyang Gate will be closed until September 7. Zhongshan Park, Chaoyang Park, Longtan Park, Taoranting Park, Honglinjin Park, Yaowahu Park, Lianhuachi Park will be closed until September 8. The National Museum will be closed to the public until September 9, and Yonghegong Llama Temple will be closed until the 10th. The National Theatre, Zhongshan Music Hall, and Beijing Concert Hall have suspended all performances.

7) Gas Stations Near Parade Route Closed

Gas stations in Dongcheng District near the parade route on Chang'an Avenue will be closed on the day of the parade. Stations in Xicheng District near the route will also be closed for the day. A number of gas stations will be closed on September 3 from midnight to noon, and others will close on September 2 at 11 pm, to September 3 at 6 pm. It is recommended for those in the area to fill up their cars on September 1 or use gas stations in Chaoyang, Haidian or Fengtai districts.

8) Lighting the City

The city's street lighting will turned to it's highest point, illuminated the entire city from September 2 at 7:00 pm to September 3 at midnight. Beijing has done this before to celebrate major festivals. There are three levels of street lighting the Beijing government can choose, different for weekdays, holidays, and major holidays.

9) Entertainment Broadcasting Suspended on Holiday

All entertainment broadcasting will be suspended in Beijing from September 1 to 5 including reality shows, talk shows, variety shows, singing shows, dramas, and costume dramas. Popular shows including “The Voice of China,” and “Baba Qu Nar,” will be off-air for a week. Stations in Jiangsu, Hunan, Zhejiang, Beijing, Shandong, Tianjin, Anhui and eight other northern local and CCTV stations will be affected. CCTV-2 will not be affected.

10) Certain Vehicles Banned from Entering Ring Roads

Beijing construction and transport vehicles that carry debris and sediment, concrete mixers, gravel transport vehicles, trucks transporting hazardous chemicals (including toxic chemicals), and vehicles with yellow or green signs will be banned all day on September 3 from driving on Beijing roads.

Freight vehicles, low-speed trucks, tractors, motorcycles, special operations vehicles, and vehicles with high emissions will be banned from driving within the six ring roads the day of September 3.

11) Sihui Bus Terminal to Stop Operations

Sihui long-distance bus station will stop operations from September 1 at 2:00 pm to September 4 at 8:00 am. Passengers should arrange their travel plans in advance and chose another station for these days.

12) Blue Skies for the Parade

Remember APEC blue? The skies will be even bluer for the military parade this week. All of the cities 1,927 industrial enterprises will limit production or stop production on September 3. This is 15 times more than the APEC meeting. On August 20, the city began to implement a system of odd and even license plates and PM2.5 has been excellent over the past six days.

13) Double Overtime for Holiday Workers

Workers who have to work on the September 3 holiday are entitled to double overtime, or 200% of their normal wage. The Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security put out a notice confirming this. Most workers should have the day off on this day, and bosses should arrange for this.

14) Birds Removed from City Center

Beijing has removed urban birds from the city in preparation for the celebrations. The birds were forced away from the city by trained falcons, bird-hunting dogs, and tearing down nests. Birds were expelled from the city for reasons of homeland defense and national security.

Beijing was worried that the birds were a threat to the lives of the pilots performing in the air show. The birds were not hunted, but had the “choice,” to settle elsewhere. Beijing empathized that the ecological impact will be minimized as much as possible.

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The air was liberated from pollution.

Sep 20, 2015 01:13 Report Abuse



The birds were forced away from the city by trained falcons, bird-hunting dogs, and tearing down nests. I can't even....

Sep 04, 2015 00:00 Report Abuse



I just turned on CCTV News and was surprised to learn that only when the KMT and the Communists combined their efforts were the Japanese Invaders put right under the hammer and consequently thrown into disarray and forced down the road to defeat. Did anyone read about that in their history books?

Sep 01, 2015 11:08 Report Abuse



It's true. Joining forces turned the tide of the war. Although it's not so much because of the Communists' military, but because the KMT started to focus on fighting the Japanese. Before that, the KMT's policy was to eradicate Communism first before expelling Japan. That was a disastrous strategy.

Sep 02, 2015 10:29 Report Abuse



The communists and the KMT could not get their sh*t together and the alliance quickly crumbled..which only further reflects in the world's history the factionalism that existed in china prior to WW2...China claims that WW2 started when the 2nd Sino-Japanese commenced but that is like a guy with a hole in his pocket claiming their lost wallet was stolen...

Sep 05, 2015 09:47 Report Abuse



Great article. Thanks a lot for the information. :)

Sep 01, 2015 10:44 Report Abuse



Inside sources tell me various celebrities to attend include: Justin Beiber, The whole Kartrashian Klan..including transgender-bender Jenner, Rainbow Hair Rodman, and Gilbert Godfrey (who btw will host with his 'oh so well liked' voice).

Sep 01, 2015 09:58 Report Abuse



15). Tsk....tsk....tsk.......China Thief Day, stealing other people's credit (yeah, the two atomic bombs were built by mainlanders in Sichuan). Fake academic research with fake references, stealing copyrights, fake food, fake glory, fake love (passport-gold diggers), fake face, fake success, fake chinese (cultural 'revolution')! Try faking happiness, fake china! LOL

Aug 31, 2015 19:47 Report Abuse



Military parades are like the unpopular middle-aged fat guy who buys a red convertible in the desperate hope of being accepted by the 'cool guys'. The bigger the car, the more he seems to need to compensate.

Aug 31, 2015 17:45 Report Abuse



So true, a genuine power doesn't need these empty threats to put its rivals in their place.

Aug 31, 2015 17:53 Report Abuse



A highly informative article which will help me plan my trip to Beijing accordingly to witness this momentous occasion.

Aug 31, 2015 15:58 Report Abuse



You will not be allowed to watch the event. It is a closed event. The air show should be visable but the marching parade will be out of bounds

Aug 31, 2015 17:46 Report Abuse



dig the sarcasm

Aug 31, 2015 20:01 Report Abuse



Entertainment broadcasts terminated? Why? So they can say more people watched it on Tv? They closeveverything in the city, ban the public fromvgoing to the public parade and now stop the TV? Dafuq!

Aug 31, 2015 15:32 Report Abuse



China was LIBERATED by the allied forces.

Aug 31, 2015 13:17 Report Abuse



China was on the side that won. But everyone knows it was two atom bombs from the USA that brought Japan to its knees...not the Commies, who were mostly hiding in caves.

Aug 31, 2015 10:19 Report Abuse



Cent .....percent correct those two atomic bombs brought the war to an abrupt end .

Sep 01, 2015 17:56 Report Abuse



America was the major force behind the defeat of the Japanese, but the impact of the two atom bombs is one of the greatest lies ever told. Japan was already on the verge of surrender when the bombs were dropped. There was literally zero need to use nukes.

Sep 02, 2015 10:33 Report Abuse



Nice to see that someone here still has a function brain that can see through the propaganda that the Yanks have spun for 70 years. But as you know, Edward, most people just can't handle the truth of how "evil" the west is, and that everyone in the "west" is just as much a prisoner of the one worlders as the Chinese, Russians et al. When it all comes out in the wash, as you know it will soon, "westerners" will be shocked to the core when they are confronted by the web of lies and deceit they've lived under for the last 200 years. Of course, all ostriches here will just throw mud (can't really blame them: most are too fragile to really cope with knowing the truth of the real world: blue pills all around for them...), but truth is truth, even when it is hidden...

Sep 03, 2015 14:07 Report Abuse



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Aug 31, 2015 08:04 Report Abuse



mine still works well. and is free :-)

Aug 31, 2015 09:16 Report Abuse



jingoism unchained

Aug 31, 2015 06:04 Report Abuse



China's victory?

Aug 31, 2015 06:03 Report Abuse



paranoia strikes deep

Aug 31, 2015 05:59 Report Abuse



Into your life it will creep.

Aug 31, 2015 18:50 Report Abuse