New public holidays in China, Korea to mark 70 years after Japanese occupation

New public holidays have been announced in China and South Korea to mark the end of the Japanese occupation and the second Sino-Japanese War in the 1940s.

Tian’anmen Square, Beijing.

Tian’anmen Square, Beijing. Image by Richard Fisher / CC BY 2.0

In China, the holiday will fall on 3 September, with major disruptions to transport, especially in Beijing, where a parade will be held. Tian’anmen Square has been closed to the public and the city’s airports will shut completely for the day. In South Korea, the holiday will be celebrated on 14 August with discounted admission prices, railway tickets and motorway tolls and free entry to 56 historic sites and recreational forests. Read more: and

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