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Forbidden City Temporary Closure from Sep. 21 to Oct. 1, 2019 due to the National Day Celebration

Published: Sep. 11, 2019
The Forbidden City will be closed from September 21 to October 1, 2019 and the Tian'anmen Square will close temporarily on September 14 and 15 due to the coming celebration for the National Day of China. TravelChinaGuide here suggest tourists rearrange your travel plan to the Forbidden City and Tian'anmen Square. You can visit Summer Palace, Temple of Heaven or other highlight attractions outside the core area of Beijing.

To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the establishment of People's Republic of China (PRC), China will hold a military parade at Tian'anmen Square in Beijing on October 1, 2019. This is the 16th 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.

Attractions Closed from Sep. 21 to Oct. 1

The parade site and surrounding areas will be closed from September 21 to October 1, including Tian'anmen Square and Forbidden City. Besides that, following attractions will also be closed during the period and even for a longer time, Tiananmen Tower, Chairman Mao Memorial Hall, Jingshan Park, National Museum of China, Yonghe Lamasery, Working People's Cultural Palace and Zhongshan Park.

Surrounding commercial areas, including Qianmen Street, Dashilar Street, Wangfujing Street, Xidan Commercial Street, and Dongdan Commercial Street will be closed but the close time is still uncertain.

Some parks in Beijing may also be closed temporarily, such as Taoranting Park, Chaoyang Park, Lianhuachi Park, Longtan Park, Honglingjin Park, and Yaowahu Park.

Air Traffic Control

The Capital Airport and Daxing New Airport in Beijing may be closed from 09:30 to 12:30 on October 1. Many airlines will cancel their flights to/from Beijing during the three hours. Passengers should pay attention to avoid booking tickets on that time.

Nearby Subway Stations Closed

Subway stations nearby the parade site may be closed. For example:
 Line 1: Dawanglu, Guomao, Yonganli, Jianguomen, Dongdan, Wangfujing, Tiananmen East, Tiananmen West, Xidan, Fuxingmen.
 Line 2: Qianmen, Chongwenmen, Xuanwumen, Hepingmen, Jianguomen, Changchunjie, Fuxingmen, Chegongzhuang, Chaoyangmen and Dongsi Shitiao.
 Line 4: Xidan Xisi, Lingjing Hutong, Xuanwumen and Pinganli.
 Line 5: Dongdan, Chongwenmen, Dengshikou, Dongsi and Zhangzizhong.
 Line 6: Chegongzhuang West, Chegongzhuang, Pinganli, Beihai North, Nanluoguxiang, Dongsi, Chaoyangmen, Dongdaqiao, Hujialou and Jintailu.
 Line 8: Nanluoguxiang
 Line 9: Military Museum
 Line 10: Guomao, Gongzhufen, Hujialou and Tuanjiehu
 Line 14: Jintailu

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 September 21 to October 1. This may help to solve traffic jam problems and improve air quality to some degree.

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