BEIJING: Tomorrow Beijing will host the most lavish party in Chinese history, celebrating 60 years of Communist Party rule.

The party will pay tribute to modern China's extraordinary march from war-torn and poverty-stricken beginnings to become the world's second-largest economy, measured by purchasing power parity.

It will be a meticulously stage-managed affair featuring goose-stepping soldiers, placard-waving schoolchildren and hand-picked crowds. Nearly 200,000 people are expected to march down the Avenue of Eternal Peace to Tiananmen Square.

More than 50 kinds of China's latest military hardware will be on display, including tanks, fighter planes and ballistic missiles, as well as colourful Mardi Gras-style floats representing each province and assorted achievements.

The President, Hu Jintao, is expected to review a contingent of the country's 2.3 million soldiers from a specially designed, Chinese-made, Red Flag convertible car.

Officials have gone to extraordinary lengths to ensure nothing disrupts the extravaganza. The Public Security Bureau has ordered hotels near the square to turn away all guests for three days starting today. Guests who have already arrived have been told they will be moved to a distant hotel. Workers have tried to clear the plaza of bugs and pests. Even rain and fog have been barred. The air force will use aircraft to spray cloud dispersal chemicals and ''fog dispersal vehicles'' to ensure the dense fog that shrouded the capital yesterday gives way to blue skies and dry conditions for National Day.