Beijing caps foreigners visiting famous bar street
A popular strip at the center of Beijing’s university district falls quiet for several days now after authorities implemented a limit on the number of foreigners allowed to enter an establishment at any given time.
Wudaokou (pronounced woo-DOW-koh), popularly known for its mixed crowd of Chinese and foreign millenials, is a small neighborhood in Beijing’s northwest, which is known for its cram sidewalks offering loud music, alcohols and snacks.
However, several restaurant owners expressed concern that the international vibe and businesses operationg in the strip will be significantly affected by the moratorium, which imposes a limit of 10 foreigners per joint until March 22 or the end of the annual session of the China’s rubber-stamp Parliament, National People’s Congress.
Based on the latest reports, at least two venues, Lush café bar and Pyro pizza bar, received notice from authorities. Businesses, however, fear that the temporary ban could signal a regular crackdown as Beijing’s police “clean up” the city as part of the facelift effort by the local government.