Hangzhou ready for a safe and secure G20 summit

Source: Globaltimes.cn Published: 2016/8/31 14:12:02

Highlights: While the G20 is just around the corner, rumors have circulated that when people pass through the security checks in Hangzhou, they must take a sip of any liquids in their possession, and male visitors may have their private parts frisked. However no such measures were directed at the Global Times reporters as they arrived in the city. As a popular tourist destination preparing to welcome the G20 summit, what measures does Hangzhou need to take to guarantee its security? Follow our reporters as they find the answer to this question. Photos: Pang Qi/GT

  • On May 24, 2016, the reporters have their ID cards checked by an authentication machine when they check in at a Hangzhou hotel on Jiefang Road. The machine compares the photo on the ID card with the photo taken at the reception desk.

  • The ID authentication machine compares the photos of the reporter.

  • Firefighter uniforms sit neatly on a shelf next to the elevator in a local hotel.

  • A firefighter uniform in a local hotel.

  • On May 25, 2016, all the manhole covers near the tourist spots in Hangzhou are sealed tightly to prevent dangerous materials from being dropped inside. According to the reporter, the locks cannot be forced open by hand.

  • On May 27, 2016, a team of armed police passes by the West Lake.

  • On May 27, 2016, by the entrance to a security checkpoint of the West Lake, a volunteer dressed in a panda costume holds a notice informing people of how to handle their ID cards during the security screening.

  • Tourists have their backpacks screened before entering the West Lake scenic area. All visitors to the West Lake, whether local residents or tourists, must have their ID cards checked by security personnel.

  • On the evening of May 26, 2016, people wait in line at the security check outside the West Lake. The queue moves slowly, and stretches long enough to reach around the block.

  • As night falls, queues at the West Lake security check remain. According to local residents, strolling around the lake is a popular evening pastime.

  • The ID card check is only the first step of the security check procedure.

  • On May 24, 2016, passengers pass through the security check at the exit of Hangzhou East Railway Station.

  • At Beijing South Railway Station, a special entrance is opened for passengers leaving for Hangzhou. Before boarding the train, they must pass a final check of their ID cards.

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