Beijing in lockdown for military extravaganza

Hundreds of factories have been shut to ensure that when the 12,000 troops, 200 fighter jets and 500 pieces of military hardware make their way through the ancient heart of the Chinese capital they will do so under clear, smog-free skies.

Flights in and out of Beijing will be canceled for the parade's duration and, just to ensure that the city's air space is safe, monkeys, falcons and dogs have been deployed to scare away birds.

And while Chinese will enjoy a three-day public holiday as part of the celebrations to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, good luck to anyone wanting to tune out the pomp and pageantry.

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