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China hotels close for National Day

BEIJING, Sep 11 – Some hotels on Beijing’s main avenue, the site of China’s National Day parade next month, have been told to close for four days as part of a huge security crackdown, local media said Friday.

At least five hotels will close down for four days, while others have been ordered not to use guest rooms that overlook Chang’an Jie, the street that cuts through the heart of the capital, the Beijing News reported.

China is planning a military parade, mass song and dance performances, and fireworks on October 1 to mark 60 years since revolutionary leader Mao Zedong proclaimed the founding of Communist China in 1949 at Tiananmen Square.

According to the report, some hotels have informed guests booking in advance that the building will be under temporary government control for two days from September 30, and that their activities could be restricted.

The move is part of a larger security clampdown, with thousands of police deployed in Beijing, close monitoring of vehicles coming in and out of the city, and security checks in key sites such as the subway system.

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