>> If you're looking for a place to stay in Beijing this month, you can forget Airbnb. The company has suspended all listings for the rest of October as the Chinese capital prepares for the biggest event on the political calendar, the week long Party Congress kicking off on October 18.
Airbnb says homes around the city are unavailable due to external circumstances. It hasn't officially mentioned the Party Congress, but as Reuters' Cate Cadell explains, the timing is hard to ignore.>> Around the Congress, China puts in a lot of restrictions on movement. And they've been doing other things including scanning people's IDs in train stations to make sure migrants from outside the city aren't here.
So we can kind of from those source of conclusions, we can tell that this is possibly or very probably related to the Congress.>> Search for a place to stay before the end of the month and you'll see nothing available in the city center. But refine your search to the following week in November, and the properties are back on the map.
Hosts tell Reuters it's an inconvenience, but people here are no strangers to government blackouts.>> This is actually a very common thing around big political events, but especially something as important as the Congress. We see a lot more censorship, we see a lot more officials taking notice of what's happening with cyberspace and with services that use the Internet like Airbnb.
So other things we've seen around this time is encrypted apps that have been closed down. We've also seen new restrictions brought in.>> And ahead of a much hyped Party Congress that could increase the already immense power of President Xi Jinping, security officials won't be taking any chances.