From September 3-5, China will celebrate War of Aggression Victory Day, marking the 70th anniversary of the end of what everyone else calls World War II. The country will have three days of holiday during that period. And with that holiday come a whole bunch of temporary restrictions.
Owners of motorbikes and scooters of any kind, and Taobao addicts, may wish to pay particular attention to the information below:
- Tiananmen Gate, the building, is already closed to the public, and will be until after the holiday.
- Beginning Monday, August 10, only gas-powered motorcycles and scooters registered with the police will be permitted to buy fuel.
- Beginning Monday, August 10, all electric bikes without proper license plates and registration will be seized.
- From August 17, identity, license, and registration will be conducted on drivers.
- From August 17, any automobile without proper entry permit for Beijing will be seized.
- From August 20, automobile use in the city will be restricted to on the odd-even license plate ending basis.
- From August 20, motorbikes and motor scooters with 京B license plates will not be permitted within the Fifth Ring Road.
- From August 20, delivery vehicles, including tricycles and vans, will not permitted between the hours of 6am and midnight. In other words, don’t plan on moving house or ordering anything that requires delivery between August 20 and September 3.
- On August 22 and 23, Tiananmen Square and the Wangfujing area will be closed to the public.
- On September 2 and 3, Tiananmen Square, Wangfujing, and Qianmen will be closed to the public.
- As we previously noted, Beijing’s two major airports, Beijing Capital International Airport (BCIA) and Nanyuan Airport, will be closed from 9.30am to 12.30pm on September 3.
- Primary schools in Beijing will not begin classes until September 7. For international schools, please check with your school for relevant scheduling information.
- High schools in Beijing will not begin classes until at least September 7. For international schools, please check with your school for relevant scheduling information.
- China’s stock markets will be closed September 3-6.
Enjoy the holiday! Or, take our advice and go to Japan.
This post first appeared on thebeijinger.com on August 6, 2015