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V-J Day disrupts Beijing's skies and streets

Flights and vehicles coming in-and-out of Beijing restricted until September 3

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September 3 marks the 70th anniversary of China's (fairly recent) addition to the holiday calendar, Victory of War of Resistance against Japan Day (V-J Day).

The holiday is in commemoration of the day that Japan signed the official surrender, officially ending the second World War – the same date has also been Armed Forces Day in China since in 1955, but China only officially celebrated V-J Day for the first time last year.

In honour of the landmark anniversary, all Chinese citizens will be allowed a three-day public holiday and (in true Chinese-style) officials have got big plans up their sleeves to commemorate the occasion.

The armed forces are currently in the process of organising show-stealing military parades and flyovers, with both air and ground troops flexing their muscles and showing what they're made of, in (and over) Tiananmen Square in the morning of September 3.

As excited as we are to see the performance – we do love a good show – unfortunately all the extra training means we can expect some travel disruptions, even in Beijing's skies. It's true what they say: traffic really is bad everywhere in Beijing.

According to news reports, from now until September 3, there could be random flight restrictions in Beijing when the Air Force is in training. Flights approaching Beijing Capital International Airport may have to wait for up to 40 minutes in one of the eight 'flight waiting areas', before they will be able to make their landing.

And on the Big Day itself, the airport will be shut from 9.30am-12.30pm, delaying all flights into and out of Beijing Capital International Airport until the show is over. Even factories will be shutting to keep the city looking squeaky-clean and to make sure the skies are clear for the flyovers.

But it's not just flights affected by the V-J Day parade, the Government also plans to cut the number of vehicles in the city centre from August 20 until September 3. According to news reports, traffic on the roads will be halved and vehicles will be checked depending on their license plates – cars from outside of Beijing are less likely to be allowed through.

So, if you're planning a trip out of Beijing any time soon, maybe take some extra reading material – or the train – just in case.

Updated: This blog has been updated to add the government's plans to cut the number of vehicles on the roads.
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