Date
15 December 2017
Hong Kong police are urging the public to avoid Wan Chai as the area north of HKCEC will be closed to the public during Xi Xinping's visit. Photo: HKEJ
Hong Kong police are urging the public to avoid Wan Chai as the area north of HKCEC will be closed to the public during Xi Xinping's visit. Photo: HKEJ

Wan Chai on partial lockdown for Xi Jinping’s visit

Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Hong Kong Thursday amid unprecedented security, with much of Wan Chai on partial lockdown. Huge water-filled barriers and steel barricades have been erected around the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC).

About 300 two-ton barricades fence in the two hotels near HKCEC, with giant water-filled barriers erected around Central Plaza which is in the same area.

Special traffic and transport arrangements are implemented in phases on Hong Kong Island and in Kowloon. A total of 90 bus routes and 14 green minibus routes operating in the affected areas will be temporarily diverted. Some of the bus routes terminating at Wan Chai North will be operated from Gloucester Road service road.

Main streets in Wan Chai including Expo Drive, sections of Fenwick Pier street, Fleming Road, Tonnochy Road and Harbour Road, are temporarily closed to all vehicular traffic from 12:01 a.m. on June 29 to 12 noon on July 1.

Hong Kong police chief superintendent Fok Lok-sang urged the public to avoid Wan Chai. He warned of “serious traffic congestion” in Admiralty and northern Wan Chai.

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Huge water-filled barriers and steel barricades have been set up around the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. Photo: HKEJ


Giant water-filled barriers have been erected around Central Plaza. Photo: HKEJ


Unprecedented security measures are in place for the three-day visit of Chinese President Xi Jiinping. Photo: HKEJ


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