Peking University bans tourists for Olympics

July 10th, 2008 - 2:57 pm ICT by IANS  

Beijing, July 10 (Xinhua) Tour groups and independent travellers will be banned for almost two months from Beijing’s prestigious and scenic Peking University, venue of the Olympic and Paralympic table tennis events. The ban, from July 20 to Sep 18, was imposed because of security concerns, said Xing Jinsong, deputy head of the university’s Campus Security Department.

Teachers, students and staff will have to show identity cards or passes issued by the university at all entrances to the campus, he said.

The Olympic table tennis events will be held Aug 13-23 at the Peking University Gymnasium and the Paralympic events Sep 7-16. Covering 26,900 square meters, the gymnasium has room for eight competition tennis tables and can seat 7,557 people.

During the summer vacation every year, thousands of tourists, including many parents from around the country who give motivation to their children to succeed academically, visit Peking University each day.

Last year, the university took measures to cope with the huge numbers of sightseers, including requiring tour companies to book groups three days in advance, limiting travel routes and organising more than 100 volunteer guides.

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