APEC’S EF­FECTS ON BEIJING LIFE

Beijing has locked down and ti­died up for the APEC meet­ings cul­mi­nat­ing in a lead­ers meet­ing Mon­day and Tues­day. Here are some ways life has changed for Bei­jingers:

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - WORLD -

WHERE’S MY PA­PER?

Some Bei­jingers can’t buy their morn­ing pa­per from news­stands, or boiled eggs and pies from break­fast kiosks. Dozens of news­stands and kiosks have been re­moved from cen­tral roads to tidy up the city.

TRAIN RIDES FOR CARS

Govt work­ers have been given a six-day hol­i­day and can take ad­van­tage of dis­count travel pack­ages, be­cause au­thor­i­ties are keen for peo­ple to leave the city to ease traf­fic con­ges­tion. Trains are be­ing de­ployed to whisk va­ca­tion­ers’ cars out of Beijing with­out clog­ging up high­ways

LET’S NOT GO FLY A KITE

Peo­ple who fly pi­geons and kites near Beijing Cap­i­tal In­ter­na­tional Air­port face be­ing de­tained as part of rules to en­sure flight safety, ac­cord­ing to no­tices from the city and avi­a­tion au­thor­i­ties. Mem­bers of the pub­lic who re­port in­fringe­ments may re­ceive cash re­ward.

BREATH­ING EAS­IER

The res­i­dents in the Chi­nese cap­i­tal should be able to breathe cleaner air be­cause coal-burn­ing boil­ers in some ar­eas will be sus­pended and the pol­lu­tion dis­charge of oth­ers will be cut by at least 30%, state me­dia said. Some fac­to­ries have tem­po­rar­ily closed and some de­mo­li­tions will be halted to re­duce dust. In all, au­thor­i­ties say, the to­tal pol­lu­tion dis­charge is ex­pected to be cut by a third.

KINDLY LEAVE

Beijing po­lice is ask­ing the dis­si­dents and oth­ers to leave the city so they don’t be­come the fo­cus of the Iin­ter­na­tional me­dia at­ten­tion. They have de­tained Zhou Li, an ac­tivist who helps pe­ti­tion­ers, cit­i­zens who sub­mit their griev­ances to the cen­tral gov­ern­ment, so she wouldn’t or­gan­ise any protests dur­ing the APEC sum­mit, ac­cord­ing to a friend of Zhou’s.

AFP

A para­mil­i­tary po­lice­men stands guard out­side the me­dia cen­tre for the APEC sum­mit in Beijing, on Fri­day.

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