Wing-clipping orders issued to Beijingers

World | ASSOCIATED PRESS 16 Sep 2019

Authorities have banned flying kites, drones and homing pigeons over central Beijing for more than two weeks as it prepares for a military parade and other celebrations to mark the 70th anniversary of Chinese Communist Party rule on October 1.

Flying activities that affect sky safety are prohibited in seven of the capital's 16 districts from September 15 to October 1, according to a notice yesterday on the Beijing municipal government's website. Banned activities also include flying balloons and lanterns.

Military planes flew over the parade route yesterday during rehearsals for the second weekend in a row, and tanks and other military vehicles had rumbled along the same off-limits route to Tiananmen Square the previous night.

The parade is part of a huge ceremony at Tiananmen Square on October 1. That includes President Xi Jinping delivering a speech and more than 100,000 people taking part in what is described as "mass pageantry.''

The square was also closed to visitors over the weekend and is due to reopen today at 10am. Some subway stations and buildings were also closed at times.

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