Factories shut down ahead of G20 summit
CHINESE authorities have shut down scores of factories and ordered a mandatory holiday for workers ahead of a summit of leaders of the Group of 20 economic powers, authorities said.
The Hangzhou city government ordered a holiday for businesses in the downtown area from September 1 to 7. The G20 meeting will be held on September 4 and 5.
City officials have also encouraged citizens to take their holiday out of town, in the hopes of reducing congestion. The city has already spent months preparing for the meeting and has undergone a major overhaul in an attempt to make traffic more efficient.
Along with the mandatory vacation, certain types of factories within a 300-kilometre (185-mile) radius of Hangzhou have been forced to shut down for 12 days in order to ensure blue skies for the visiting dignitaries, according to government websites.
The order affects chemical producers, construction material factories and textile manufacturers stretching across Shanghai and four provinces. –
Dough figurines of G20 country leaders made by folk craftsman Wu Xiaoli mark the coming summit in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province.