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Travel Restrictions Due to the Sep. 3rd Military Parade

Published: Aug. 12, 2015

To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the victory in World Anti-Fascist War as well as victory in the Sino-Japanese War, China will hold a military parade at Tiananmen Square in Beijing on September 3, 2015. This is the 15th review of troops since 1949, followed by a series of patriotic activities later this year. In order to hold the parade successfully, many restrictions will be carried out in that area, which may influence one's travel plan.

Tiananmen Tower
Tiananmen Square

Public Holiday from Sep. 3rd to 5th

China announced a three-day holiday from September 3 to 5 national wide. If you are scheduled to conduct official affairs during this period, please confirm the office hours in advance. In addition, as the cool autumn is coming, many people would like to travel during the holiday. Please avoid the travel rush if possible.

Attractions Closed from Aug. 22nd to Sep. 3rd

The parade site and surrounding areas will be closed, including Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City.

 Tiananmen Square will be closed from August 22 after the Flag Raising Ceremony to 12:00 of August 23, and from September 2 to September 3. Some sites on the square will be closed for even longer time, including Tiananmen Tower from August 1 to September 7 and Chairman Mao Memorial Hall from August 22 to September 3.

 Forbidden City will not open to the public from August 22 to September 3.  
 Surrounding commercial areas, including Qianmen Street, Dashilar Street, Wangfujing Street, Xidan Commercial Street, and Dongdan Commercial Street will be closed from 21:00 of August 22 to 12:00 of August 23, as well as September 2 and 3.

 Zhengyang Gate in Qianmen Street will be closed from August 22 to 12:00 of August 23 and September 2 and 3. 

 Working People’s Cultural Palace and Zhongshan Park will not open to the public from August 22 to 12:00 of August 23. They may not open to the public on September 2 and 3 too.

 Yonghe Lamasery will be closed whole day on September 3.

 Seven parks in Beijing will be closed temporarily. In detail, Taoranting ParkChaoyang Park, Lianhuachi Park, Longtan Park,  Honglingjin Park, and Yaowahu Park on August 23 till 12:00, and on September 3 till 14:00; Yuyuantan Park from 22:30 of August 22 to 12:00 of August 23 and 22:30 of September 2 to 14:00 of September 3.

Air Traffic Control on Sep. 3rd

The Capital Airport and Nanyuan Airport in Beijing will be closed from 09:30 to 12:30 on September 3. Many airlines have cancelled their flights to/from Beijing during the three hours.

Nearby Subway Stations Closed

Subway stations nearby the parade site will be closed. In details:

 17:00-23:00 on August 22: Dawanglu Station on subway line 1.
 21:00-24:00 on August 22: Guomao, Yonganli, Jianguomen, Dongdan, Wangfujing, Tiananmen East, Tiananmen West, Xidan, Fuxingmen on subway line 1; Qianmen, Hepingmen, Chongwenmen, Jianguomen, Fuxingmen on line 2; Xidan on line 4; Chongwenmen on line 5; and Guomao on line 10. 
 00:00-23:00 on August 23: the whole subway line 1; Sihui and Sihui East on Batong Line; Qianmen, Hepingmen, Chongwenmen, Jianguomen, and Fuxingmen on line 2; Xidan and Xuanwumen on line 4; Dongdan and Chongwenmen on line 5, Military Museum on line 9; and Guomao and Gongzhufen on line 10.

 20:00 on September 2 to 13:00 on September 3: Dawanglu Station on subway line 1.
 22:00 on September 2 to 13:00 on September 3: the whole subway line 1; Sihui and Sihui East on Batong Line.
 22:00 on September 2 to 00:00 on September 3: Qianmen, Hepingmen, Chongwenmen, Jianguomen, Xuanwumen, Changchunjie and Fuxingmen on line 2; Xidan, Xisi, Lingjing Hutong and Xuanwumen on line 4; Dongdan and Chongwenmen on line 5; and Guomao on line 10.
 00:00-13:00 on September 3: Qianmen, Chongwenmen, Xuanwumen, Hepingmen, Jianguomen, Changchunjie, Fuxingmen, Chegongzhuang, Chaoyangmen and Dongsi Shitiao on line 2; Xidan, Xisi, Lingjing Hutong, Xuanwumen and Pinganli on line 4; Dongdan, Chongwenmen, Dengshikou, Dongsi and Zhangzizhong on line 5; Chegongzhuang West, Chegongzhuang, Pinganli, Beihai North, Nanluoguxiang, Dongsi, Chaoyangmen, Dongdaqiao, Hujialou and Jintailu on line 6; Nanluoguxiang on line 8; Military Museum on line 9; Guomao, Gongzhufen, Hujialou and Tuanjiehu on line 10; and Jintailu on line 14.
 13:00-23:00 on September 3: Tiananmen East and Tiananmen West on line 1; Qianmen on line 2.

Read more: Beijing Subway

Vehicle Restrictions 

Vehicle restrictions will be carried out in Beijing city. For instance, the odd-and-even numbered license plate rule will be carried out from August 20 to September 3. This may help to solve traffic jam problems and improve air quality to some degree. During the traffic control period, about 3,000 additional public buses will be put into operation for passegners’ convenience. But they will not run into the parade area either.

As a whole, the parade held on September 3, 2015 may be a mixed blessing which will have some influences good or bad on your life if you are in Beijing at that time.

  • Questions & Answers on China Tourism News
    Asked by Novie from CHINA | Sep. 01, 2015 07:55Reply
    Beijing South Railway on 2 September
    Do you know if we can go to Beijing South Railway Station on the 2nd September? Because we have to catch Train to Shanghai at 17.43. We are coming from Shunyi. What is the best way to go there? We plan to go with Taxi. Thank you.
    Answers (1)
    Answered by Ford from ALBANIA | Sep. 02, 2015 04:49

    Yes, you can go to the South Raiway Station on September 2. I think the best from Shunyi to South Railway Station would be by train. You can take the train 6402. It departs at 15:03 and takes 52 minutes to Beijing.
    Asked by daniela from GERMANY | Sep. 01, 2015 07:45Reply
    is the silk Street market and the cotton market open on Sept 3rd?and are shops open on that day
    Answers (1)
    Answered by George from LITHUANIA | Sep. 01, 2015 22:15

    The Silk Street Market is open from 14:00 to 21:00 on September 3. The shops will open during this period.
    Asked by Kate from UNITED KINGDOM | Sep. 01, 2015 05:04Reply
    Transport from the Airport, September 3rd
    I arrive at Beijing Capital Airport on September 3rd at 8.30am (the flight time was changed by an hour to arrive outside of the 9.30am - 12.30pm window). What will journey to Guomao/Chaoyang be like? Will I be able to take a taxi in?
    Answers (2)
    Answered by Dan from CANADA | Sep. 02, 2015 04:45

    I'm afraid you cannot get to Guomao until the parade activity ends. The Guomao Bridge will be blocked from 22:00 of Sept. 2 to the end of the activity.
    Answered by Kate from UNITED KINGDOM | Sep. 02, 2015 05:08

    Thank you. And is there any information as to how long the parade activity will last for?
    Asked by Mike from PHILIPPINES | Sep. 01, 2015 00:38Reply
    Temple of Heaven Operating hours

    Will temple of heaven be open in the morning of sept 3? I tried calling their number but it doesn't seem to be working.
    Answers (1)
    Answered by Lucy from USA | Sep. 01, 2015 03:53

    Mike, I haven't seen any notice about closing Temple of Heaven in the morning of Sept 3 by so far, so I guess it will still open for the public. You can try to dial the following numbers: 010-67012402, 010-67013036 and 010-67028866.
    Asked by CVf from BRAZIL | Aug. 31, 2015 22:08Reply
    September 3rd 2nd ring road
    Will be the traffic on 2nd ring road west be closed? Can I ride bike on the roads?
    Answers (1)
    Answered by Laurie from AUSTRALIA | Sep. 01, 2015 04:07

    From 10:50 of Sept. 3 to the end of the parade activity, the segment from Fuxingmenqiao to Guanyuanqiao will be closed for traffic. East Sanlihe Road will be closed. The segment from East Sanlihe Road to the intersection of Chegongzhuang Street will also be closed. So I think if you want to ride on the road, you should do it in the afternoon after the activity ends.
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