Beijing adds hundreds of portable toilets to Tian’anmen Square for National Day

In anticipation of large crowds during China’s so-called ‘Golden Week’ of travel, Beijing has installed hundreds of portable toilets in Tian’anmen Square.

Tian’anmen Square.

Tian’anmen Square. Image by Caroline Angelard / CC BY 2.0

China’s National Day, which falls on 1 October, is accompanied by a week-long national holiday during which millions of Chinese travel home or on vacation, including hundreds of thousands who visit the capital. In addition to the porta-potties, Chinese authorities have stepped up security and added daily visitor caps at major sights like the Forbidden City and the Bund in Shanghai. Authorities have been particularly careful about visitor numbers after a New Year’s Eve stampede on the Bund killed 36 people. Read more: 

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